Hao Jun Tam (Howie) is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Penn. Tam is conducting a comparative, trilingual dissertation examining diasporic Vietnamese novels published in the United States and France after the Vietnam War. These texts, he argues, rewrite Vietnam's historical alignments and modes of national identification. Tam has taught classes on twentieth-century multiethnic U.S. and Asian American literature at Penn.
For the 2017–18 academic year, Tam serves as a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Teaching and Learning. With support from the Penfield Fellowship, he will travel to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam for independent research.
Tam was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City before moving to Southern California as a teenager.