James T Lap has been teaching Vietnamese language at Columbia University since 2004 and at New York University since 1997. He is also a tutor and mentor for Ph. D. students and an advisor for students with senior thesis. He was the translator of Vietnamese Children’s Picture Dictionary: English-Vietnamese / Vietnamese-English published by Hippocrene Books in 2006. His current research is on Romanization of the Vietnamese language in the 17th century. He was an Advisory Board member for the Vietnam exhibition and simultaneous interpreter for the international conference on Vietnam in the 21st century in 2003 at the American Museum of Natural History, the first exhibition of this kind in the U.S. He graduated from Columbia University and New York University with MS and BA degrees respectively.