Phuc Tran has just returned from Texas where he had been invited to address the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston. Phuc was the keynote speaker at the organization’s Foreign Language Luncheon. According to the event’s organizers, he spoke to an audience of 800.
The subject of his address was “Language: Your Passport to the World.” It was introduced this way:
“Like a Moebius strip, the study of languages for Phuc is a looping path on which he find metaphors and parallels for his own experiences as an immigrant, language learner, and Star Wars fan. He loves to draw connections between the disparate parts of his learning and experience, no matter how far apart and unlikely they are, and today, he shares with students a connection between the invention of the dictionary, language acquisition as an immigrant, and the adverb “hopefully.”