About Me

Hello, traveler. Nice to meet you!

My name is Dat. I was born and raised in Germany to Vietnamese parents. I'm currently living in the United States. Despite being very reserved and introverted, I have an adventurous and quirky side and always dream big. I'm interested in a variety of topics e.g., science, history, social sciences, psychology, languages, and culture.

Having lived most of my life in Europe, I decided to leave my home country, first moving to America in 2014 to assume a research fellow position. However, this would just prove to be a temporary stop, as my desired destination was Japan. Being a lover of Japanese food and culture, and moreover, inspired by my brother's past experience living in Japan, I began envisioning being there myself. The opportunity came in the form of a research fellowship sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). I successfully applied and was finally able to move to Japan in November 2017. While living there, I traveled across the country, immersed myself in a totally different culture and language, getting to know the local people and other like-minded foreigners. I could not ask for a better 1.5 years of my life. However, after the end of my research fellowship, with a heavy heart, I returned to the States to assume a new job. Even after several years of moving back, I have been constantly thinking about...or planning (?) my return someday and I'm looking towards that day. Until then, I invite you to enjoy my personal memories in photos and videos.