Quyen Di Chuc Bui not only teaches Vietnamese language, literature and culture.
He teaches other teachers how to do the same. As head of UCLA’s Vietnamese language program
and lecturer in the university’s Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, he teaches a nine-week course
on Vietnamese language on campus while off campus he is much sought after as a trainer of other Vietnamese
Americans in the art of teaching Vietnamese. Mr. Chuc Bui has written textbooks for
Vietnamese American students and every summer co-teaches a weekend workshop
with other scholars for the Association of the Vietnamese Language and Culture
Schools, which prepares immigrant volunteers to teach Vietnamese in their local
communities. In addition to learning pedagogical skills, the participants also
receive help developing their own curricula and teaching materials.
“I love my mother language. What I most enjoy about teaching is seeing
Vietnamese American students gain the ability to read and write
Vietnamese fluently,” said Chuc Bui, who also teaches a summer
abroad extension course for California State University in Long Beach,
After the fall of Saigon in 1975, Chuc Bui’s family fled by boat and
eventually were able to emigrate to America and eventually California.