How it began: In 1999 I took a course in Expository Writing at the Hawaii Community College. As part of the course, I wrote a short essay about my travels through 40 countries, "Great Expectations". To my surprise, the essay won awards at local, state, and international levels (see below).

Read Great Expectations – Republished as the "Jewel of Travel" as an online Learning Adventure.


2022 Certificate of Honor for Dedication and Service

Prince of Songkla University Retirement Ceremony

2019 Promotion to Asst Professor of Asian Studies in Sociology and Anthropology

Teaching, Research and Publication in Asian Studies

2016 PSU Quality Assurance Award | Top 5 in Social Science

Academic Publication Award | Web of Science (ISI)

2015 PSU Quality Assurance Award | Top 5 in Social Science

Academic Publication Award | Web of Science (ISI)

2014 Best Paper Award | PSU Phuket International Conference

Prince of Songkla University (PSU) Best Paper | Social Science Catagory

2012 Best Paper Award (Green Tourism) | Asia Pacific Tourism Association (APTA)

APTA Conference 2012 Best Paper | Taipei, Taiwan

2004 Hohonu Academic Journal | University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA

Academic Publication | China, a Magic Place: The Geography of Chinese Philosophy

1999 The 22nd Annual Dean’s List of National Academic Achievement, USA

List of America's Outstanding College Students

1999 HCC Literary Competition, Hawaii Community College, USA

First Place Winner | Hawaii Community Colleges Statewide Contest

1999 League for Innovation Literary Competition, State of Hawaii, USA

Top Three in the Personal Essay Category | State of Hawaii League for Innovation Student Literary Competition

1999 Nota Bene Academic Publication | International Honor Society, USA

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Award | Nota Bene Literary Anthology | Selected from 1,642 Submissions


  • 2005 (3 years) Taiwan Ministry of Education | Taiwan Scholarship | Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), Los Angeles. Master’s Scholarship | National Chengchi University.
  • 2011 (2 years) PhD Scholarship | Faculty of International Studies (FIS) | Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Phuket, Thailand
  • 2012 (1 year) PhD Research Scholarship | Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Hat Yai, Thailand | Faculty of Environmental Management.

Press and Media Appearances

Letters and Documents of Recognition