After finishing her undergraduate studies in sociology at the USSH – Vietnam National University, Hong spent three years at the Center for Poverty Reduction as lead researcher and coordinator. There Hong was involved in carrying out large scale surveys for the World Bank and CIDA focused on social-economic livelihoods of Vietnamese people whose lives are affected by the developing processes throughout the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City. She won the prestigious Ford Foundation scholarship to study her M.A. in Anthropology at Cornell University. Her research focuses on social safety nets and coping mechanisms of people who live in Saigon’s slum areas. Hong spent a year and a half in Tan Hoa – Lo Gom canal in District 8 in Ho Chi Minh City to conduct her ethnographic field work where she interviewed local residents about their lives before the slum and after being relocated to resettlement housing sites. While at Cornell, Hong won the ACLS scholarship and Cornell scholarship to fund her Ph.D. candidacy. Hong is well vested in community services and overseas studies programs for international students. She also taught undergraduate level courses at Cornell University and University of Oregon as graduate teaching assistant and as adjunct lecturer. Hong is fluent in Vietnamese, English, and conversational in French. Her maternal family came from Quang Ngai province so she can speak and understand their local dialect.