Thanyathip Sripana is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University. She is also guest lecturer in various institutions in Thailand, and occasionally gives lecture in Vietnam and Malaysia. Receiving a scholarship from the French government, she earned her doctorate degree from Faculté de Droit et de Science Politique, Universite d’Aix-Marseille III, in France. Vietnamese Studies has taken up much of her time since 1988, with her experience doing research in France, Canada, Japan, and countries in the Mekong Sub-Region: Laos and Cambodia. She has been conducting in-depth research in Vietnam in particular.