Department of Social Science
Hien Duc Do
Professor of Social Science & Asian American Studies
"It's all about the students," says Professor Hien Duc Do, pictured here with recent graduate Cherie Cervantes. The most satisfying aspect of the job is "...the diversity of our students--mostly first generation, immigrant, working class...it's a challenge, but the ability to see my students through to graduation, to achieve their goals -- that keeps me going."
Professor Do's primary research interests include Vietnamese American issues, race relations, the development of Asian American Communities, and the impact of religion on immigration. He is the author The Vietnamese Americans (Greenwood Press, 1999), and an associate producer of Viet Nam: At the Crossroads a 1994 documentary film on Viet Nam that aired nationally on PBS/KTEH-54. His film was awarded the 1994 CINE Golden Eagle Award.
Professor Do is trilingual in Vietnamese, French, and English. For more information about Professor Do, see his university homepage.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, 1994
M.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, 1988
B.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, 1985^Back to top
AAS 33A-B. Asian Americans in the United States: Historical & Political Processs
AAS 175. Asian American Communities
AAS 186. The Vietnamese Experience in America
AAS 185. Multicultural Perspectives within American Society
SOCS 194. Intellectual Foundation in the Social Sciences
SOCS 195. Theory & Practice in the Social Sciences
Most Recent Publications:
“Reproducing Viet Nam in America: San Jose’s Perfect Harmony Temple.” A Nation of Religions: Pluralism in the American Public Square. Ed. Stephen Prothero. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
“The Development of Vietnamese Americans in the US. ” Multiculturalism in the United States: Comparative Guide to Acculturation and Ethnicity, rev. ed. John D. Buenker and Lorman A. Ratner. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 2006.
The Vietnamese Americans. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1999.
"The Unwanted: Vietnamese in America." Many Americas: Critical Perspectives on Racism, Ethnicity, and Cultural Identity. Ed. Gregory R. Campbell. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1998.
"The Model Minority Myth and Perceptions of Harassment Against Asian American Students." With Michael Delucchi. College Students Journal 30:3 (1996), 411-414.
Viet Nam: At the Crossroads. With Bob Gliner, a one hour documentary film regarding the social, economic, cultural and educational changes taking place in Viet Nam prior to the lifting of the twenty- year old U.S. embargo. Shown on PBS stations nationally. Winner of the 1994 CINE Golden Eagle Award.
Professional & Community Service
Chair of the Board, American Institute for Asian American Families (1995- present).
Commissioner, Human Relations Committee of Santa Clara County (1996- 2001)
President, Association of Asian American Studies, 1999 - 2002
Recent Talks & Presentations
"30 Years Beyond the War: Vietnamese, Southeast and Asian/American Studies" (plenary speaker). University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California, March 2005.
"...the ability to see my students through
to graduation, to achieve their goals – that
keeps me going."
“Maintaining and Creating “Viet Nam” through religious activities." Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies, Boston, MA, March 2004.
“Southeast Asian Americans: Revisiting the Educational Issues.” Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Highter Education (NCORE), San Francisco, May 27-31, 2003.
“The Role of Religion in the Civic and Social Incorporation of Vietnamese Americans” (Keynote). Hawaii Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Oahu, HI, February 2003.
“Creating an Asian Pacific American Community: Trials and Tribulations from a Public, Urban, Commuter and Large University.” Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education Conference, Columbia University, November 1-3, 2002.
“Vietnamese Americans: Immigration and History.” Reclaiming the Legacy: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States History Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 4, 2002.
“Religion and the New Immigrants: A case study of a Buddhist Temple and a Catholic Church in San Jose, CA.” Annual Association of Asian American Studies, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 24-28, 2002.^Back to top