Stephen O’Harrow, Ph.D.


Prof. O’Harrow is Professor of Philology and the Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He is also affiliated with the Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures as Professor of Vietnamese.

Contact Information

Tels. (808) 956-2676 and (808) 956-8521 (IPLL); Email: 

Educational Background

  • A.B., University of Michigan, 1962.
  • M.A., School of Oriental & African Studies (London), 1965.
  • Doctorat en Etudes Orientales, La Sorbonne, 1972


  • Vietnamese language & literature
  • Film in Viet Nam
  • Colonial & pre-modern Vietnamese texts

Development of computerized Vietnamese language materials (hypertext/interactive/audio) based on on-going field research in North Vietnam materials on CD ROM


  • VIET 101-102: Elementary Vietnamese
  • VIET 201-202: Intermediate Vietnamese
  • VIET 301-302: Third-Level Vietnamese (Media)
  • VIET 401-402: Fourth-Level Vietnamese (Literature)

Selected Publications

  • “Suggested Philological Approaches to the Interpretation of Early Walled and/or Moated Sites in Indochina,” Asian perspectives. In Press
  • Reading and Writing Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers (Book + CD ROM). University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1996
  • “Vietnamese Women and Confucianism: creating spaces from patriarchy,” in Male and Female in Developing Southeast Asia, W. J. Karim, ed. Berg publishers, Oxford, 1995
  • A Vietnamese Primer. HyperText Electronic Introductory Course in Spoken and Written Vietnamese, in Macintosh Format with Audio Support, 40Mb, CD ROM or 2HD disks, Department of Indo-Pacific Languages. Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1991
  • Culture as a background for development: the case of Viet Nam, NIAS Report 1990