Dr. Đào Lê Na is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar for the academic year 2021-2022 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the United States. She is also the head of the Department of Creative Writing & Film and Drama Criticism, Faculty of Literature at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (part of the Ho Chi Minh City National University). She is the founder of the University’s Theatre and Cinema club, founder and director of FY Film Fest, a Vietnamese short film festival for young filmmakers in Vietnam, and founder and co-director of the community art project YUME.
She has published several books, The Horizon of Pictures: From Literature to Film through the Case of Kurosawa Akira’s movies (monograph, HCMC National University Press, 2017), The Narrative of Raindrops (novel, Women’s Publishing House, 2019), Screenwriting Techniques (textbook, HCMC National University Press, 2020) and has written numerous essays published in various academic journals. She was also the chief editor for Contemporary Japanese and Vietnamese Cinema: Cultural Exchanges and Influences (The Information and Communication Publishing House, 2019).
In 2017, she obtained LDC funding from the annual AAS conference to offer a presentation in Toronto, Canada, titled “National identity in conflict: the reconstruction of King Ly Thai To on Vietnamese screens.” In March 2018, with funding from the Japan Foundation, Dr. Đào Lê Na organized a panel about Asian film adaptations for the AAS conference in Washington D.C. In 2019, she was sponsored by ICAS to come to Leiden, Netherlands, to present a topic about landscape and film. She was one of 24 young scholars chosen to attend the Summer Research Course in July 2018 and the Winter Research Course in December 2019 in Japan, sponsored by the Japan Foundation. She was further celebrated by Danisa Vietnam as one of the most outstanding teachers engaging in community work in 2019.