Reflections from Family and Friends

This page houses personal reflections from those family and friends near and dear to Melanie.

Angie Ngoc Tran (California State University, Monterey Bay)  

2 thoughts on “Reflections from Family and Friends

  1. Melanie was one of my supervisors when I was doing a Ph.D research at the U. of Wollongong. During my first year there, Malanie and Bruce kindly let me stay with them at a house in Wonoona suburb. There were another two dear cats of Melanie. We took turn cooking. In looking back I believed she enjoyed my Thai food and I am glad that was what the least I was able to do in return for her loving kindness and friendship. Melanie will always in my heart.
    Rest in Peace, Melanie.

    Puangthong (Rungswasdiab) Pawakapan
    Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

  2. Melanie was a colleague in the world of Vietnam studies. Her books, articles, and discussion papers have greatly helped relative newcomers like myself in the late 1980s and early 1990s to begin to fathom the depths and complexities of evolution of Vietnam’s political economy.

    Initially I knew Melanie through her publications. But in the early 1990s, after moving from the University of Hawaii to the Australian National University, I invited her to be a visitor in the Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific Studies, at the ANU. Having that opportunity to learn from her was wonderful. Subsequently, over the years, I continued to learn from her through her writings, during her participation in Vietnam Updates at the ANU, and when we met at conferences in Vietnam. Her publications, including those co-authored with her good friend Đặng Phong, helped to advance an intellectual conversation about transitions in Vietnam’s political economy.

    Reading about her sudden, very unexpected death saddened me immensely. I hope her family and other loved ones can take some solice in knowing she made a major contribution to the world of scholarship.

    Ben Kerkvliet
    Emeritus Professor
    The Australian National University

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