Bridget Welsh is Associate Professor at John Cabot University, a Senior Research Associate at NTU, a Senior Associate Fellow THC and a University Fellow of CDU. She analyzes Southeast Asian politics, especially Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Indonesia. She is committed to engagement, fostering mutual understanding and empowerment.
Celebrating Hoa

Celebrations of Love

This month Hoa would have celebrated her birthday. She would have joined multiple joyous events this year with her friends. Central among the festivities has been the weddings of some of her dearest friends, who helped her during battle with cancer and shared her life with joy and laughter. In July, Dominic married Ninh in...

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A Visit to Hanoi

I cannot visit Vietnam without thinking about Hoa. Arriving at the airport makes me recall similar moments on route to see her in hospital or celebrate her life. The city itself brings back even more memories – of her favorite food, of the bustle in which she grew up, of laughter. It is over four...

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Bringing Sunshine – Hoa’s Spirit Shines

Bringing Sunshine – Hoa’s Spirit Shines

It is rainy and chilly in January 2013 in Hanoi, but the spirit of sunshine continues to live on. To bring in the New Year of 2013 we made a donation to Thuy’s Dream in the memory of Hoa. While I carried the donations and thoughts of many of Hoa’s friends, I was joined by...

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Thuy’s Dream

Sometimes in life, someone touches your spirit. It can come on unexpectedly and leave just as quickly. In recent years, one of those inspiring people was Hoa – a former student and friend who passed away in October 2010 of cancer. She was 27 years old. The story of her inspiriting life can be found...

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Remembering Hoa

In early October, I returned to Hanoi to celebrate the life of Hoa Tran. She would have been 27 on October 6th, but passed away one year ago from cancer. I had gotten to know Hoa well when she lived in my house during the last year or so of her medical treatment and as...

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Celebrating Hoa

Eulogy Remarks, 2010 On October 18th Hoa Tran passed away after a valiant fight against cancer. She was only twenty-six years old. The old adage that only the good die young holds true once again. Hoa will be deeply missed – her smile, her energy, her sense of humor and overall positive energy. Like a...

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