Her dissertation uses both linguistic and literary evidence to elucidate geopolitical themes in the fiction of the French-language author Phạm Văn Ký.
Her collection with anthropologist Joel Martin Halpern, The Far East Comes Near: Autobiographical Accounts of Southeast Asian Students in America captures the first generation of young people making their way in the United States after escaping the fall of Phnom Penh, Saigon and Vientiane.
The collection grew from a course on Southeast Asia she taught with Halpern through the 1980s. She was also teaching one of the first Vietnamese literature courses in the United States, for students of Vietnamese language, and staging not only Vietnamese but as well Lao and Khmer cultural events for the Five Colleges communities. In 1990 she founded the United Asia Learning Resource Center.
Her memoir, A Dragon Child: Reflections of a Daughter of Annam in America, presents the strong-minded, well-educated woman who achieved distinction serving her people through education, first in French and Vietnamese in Viet Nam, then in English in the United States. It offers pointed details on topics of widespread interest from the reception of modern literature in family life in Viet Nam, to the coming of communism to small landholdings, to the deliberate integration of refugees into Massachusetts.
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Lucy Nguyen-Hong-Nhiem in print
- A Dragon Child: Reflections of a Daughter of Annam in America, (iUniverse, 2004)
- “One Vietnamese Woman’s Reflection on War and its Human Consequences”, (Vietnam Forum 16, Yale Southeast Asia Studies, 1997)
- “Becoming a Refugee, Being a Refugee, Ceasing to be a Refugee”, in The Far East Comes Near: Autobiographical Accounts of Southeast Asian Students in America, edited with Joel Martin Halpern (University of Massachusetts, 1989).
- “Vietnamese,” with Joel Martin Halpern, in American Immigrant Cultures, Builders of a Nation, Encyclopedia, Vol.2, edited by David Levinson and Melvin Ember (Simon & Schuster MacMillan, New York, 1997)
- "A Bibliography of Cambodian, Hmong, Lao, and Vietnamese Americans", edited by Joel M. Halpern and Lucy Nguyen-Hong-Nhiem, with the collaboration of Sommala and Robyn Bateman (students) (Special Publication No.3, Asian Studies Program, University of Massachusetts, 1992)
- “Horticultural Therapy and Asian Refugee Resettlement”, (Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture IV, 1989)
- The Far East Comes Near: Autobiographical Accounts of Southeast Asian Students in America, edited with Joel Martin Halpern (University of Massachusetts, 1989).
- "USA-Vietnam: Rencontres du ‘Premier Type,’ John White chez les Vietnamiens, 1819-1820”, (Vietnam Forum 9, 1987)
- “The Smile of Buddha and Alice’s Cat – The Conflict Between East and West in the Novels of Pham Van Ky”, in P. Melling and J. Roper, eds. America, France and Vietnam: Cultural History and Ideas of Conflict, (Avebury, UK, 1991).
- Blood Brothers, by Phạm Văn Ký, translation of Frères de sang by Margaret Mauldon with notes and appendix by Lucy Nguyen-Hong-Nhiem (Lac Viet 7, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, 1987)
- The Je/Moi Antinomy and the Chess-Board as Metaphors of the Conflict between West and Far-East in the Novels of Pham Van Ky (Vietnam), by Nguyen Hong Nhiem (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1982)
About Lucy Nguyen-Hong-Nhiem online
- Lucy Nguyen Memoir Published, review by Dan Duffy for the Vietnamese Studies Group (Association for Asian Studies) of A Dragon Child: Reflections of a Daughter of Annam in America
- Between Two Cultures: Southeast Asian Tradition Meets American Campus Life by Charles C. Smith, in Contact, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, alumni magazine, Vol X, No.4, June, 1985
- Lucy Nguyen Papers, 1983-2001, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Massachusetts, Amherst