Anh Sy Huy Le

Born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam, I received my B.A in Economics and Chinese Studies (with honors) from Wabash College in 2013 and 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.

I work at the intersection of a few sub-fields including social history, economic history, comparative colonialism, and migration/diaspora studies. Geographically, I am a Southeast Asianist and modern Vietnam specialist in training with deep interest in transoceanic diasporic ties, and the global circulation of ideas and capital between colonial Vietnam and Greater China Sea in the late 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries. This in particular has brought me to the study of the Chinese southern diasporas and the Mekong Delta trading emporia that connected cosmopolitan port cities (such as Saigon) and their littoral societies to the riverine trading networks in the hinterlands. Corollary to my preoccupation with the formation/stabilization of these intricate networks is my interest in the entanglement of colonial modernity and its developmental impacts on pre-existing (indigenous) economic networks and institutions.

In addition to Chinese and Vietnamese history, I also read widely in world history, maritime history, histories of capitalism, historiography, and social theory.

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

I will be conducting archival research in southern China and Taiwan this summer as an ACLS/Henry Luce China Studies fellow for a project now entitled Traversing the Nanyang: Merchant Enclaves, Chinese Junk Networks, and the Making of Colonial Capitalism in French Cochinchina (1860-1940)

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

Teaching/Research Appointment:

IAH204: Asia and the World (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016) 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: 2

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)