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Audrey C. Cooper
Gallaudet University (Washington, DC 20002-3600)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 7/31/2019

Critical Ethnography of Disaster Mitigation, Deaf Leadership, Adaptation and Resilience in Viet Nam

An academic article (in English) and summary reports (in Vietnamese) on crisis management for deaf people in Vietnam based on summer fieldwork.

Conducting multi-sited ethnographic research into Deaf organizational decision-making processes in disaster impacted areas of Viet Nam, this project aims to generate analytic insights into Deaf people’s adaptation and resilience practices with respect to leadership in disaster preparedness and mitigation. Viet Nam demonstrates increasing incidence of weather- and climate change-related disasters and a high rate of disability per capita. Accordingly, Viet Nam is confronting the urgent need to prepare and protect its people from disaster. However, despite widespread marginalization of people with disabilities from most socioeconomic sectors in Viet Nam, preliminary evidence indicates that Deaf organizations are at the forefront of disaster preparedness and mitigation responses. Publication of research results aims to expand the ethnography of climate change and to challenge existing scholarly and mainstream characterizations of people with disabilities as vulnerable populations.