Anh Sy Huy Le

Born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam, I received my B.A in Economics (with honors) from Wabash College, studied Chinese at Middlebury College, and earned an MA in History in 2015. My thesis entitled “The Orientals Strike Back: Struggle for Spatial Justice in 1906 San Francisco’s Chinatown,” was awarded the best MA thesis by SUNY Buffalo’s history department.

My dissertation (in progress), tentatively entitled Chinese Migration, Colonialism, and the Making of Cosmopolitan Saigon, 1862-1954 investigates the migrations, settlements, and evolution of the Chinese community in southern Vietnam and their roles in Saigon’s emergence as a prominent port city by the late nineteenth century. It is a social and economic history of Chinese migrants in southern Vietnam and at once an urban history of the colonial city and the global forces shaping its cosmopolitan characters. My research received support from the American Council of Learned Societies/Henry Luce Foundation, MSU International Studies Center, the Asian Studies Center, the College of Social Sciences, and the Department of History.

I have won multiple paper awards, both internal and external grants/fellowships, and participated in national/international conferences. For more information, check out my CV here or page.

For the last two years, I have been on the organizational committee of the Migration Without Boundaries Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on Migration at MSU–an academic initiative promoting new research in historical and contemporary migrations. The conference can be found on twitter @MSU_Migration

When I am not reading or writing history, I enjoy long-distance trekking, running, biking, and learning languages.

Departmental Activities: Vice President, Graduate History Association, 2016-2017; PR and Keynote Speaker Committee, Migration Without Boundaries Conference, 2015-2017.

Teaching/Research Appointment:

ISS325 Wars and Revolutions (Fall 2017) with Dr. Sean Forner 

HST150 World History Since 1500 (Summer 2017) with Dr. Charles Keith 

IAH204: Asia and the World (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2018) with Dr. Sidney Lu

ISS330: Modern East Asia (Summer 2016) with Dr. Ethan Segal

Research Assistant for Dr. Charles Keith‘s second monograph tentatively entitled Indochina in France, Colonial Subjects, Metropolitan Lives (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)

Websites: twitter,, researchgate

Upland Southeast Asia

Year in Program: 3

Fields: East Asian History: Modern Vietnam and Modern China, the Indian Ocean in World History, Migration History

Advisor: Charles Keith

Committee: Aminda SmithLaura FairLewis Siegelbaum  

Research Languages: Vietnamese (Native), Chinese (Reading and Speaking), French (Reading)

Educational Background: B.A Economics & Chinese Studies, Wabash College, 2013. MA History, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2015.

CV: Anh Sy Huy Le CV

Email: Saigon (LE TOUR DU MONDE 7-10-1893)