Nguyen To Lan (1981) obtained her Bachelor and Master degrees in Linguistics and Literature from College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Hanoi in 2003 and 2006 respectively, and graduated from another Bachelor program in Chinese Linguistics from College of Languages and International Studies at the same university in 2007. She then received the Ph.D. in Linguistics and Literature from the Graduate Academy of Social Sciences in 2012. She has been working as a researcher at the Institute of Sino-Nom Studies, Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences since 2004. In 2010, she received an ASIA Fellows Award to carry out a comparative study of Vietnamese traditional performance and Cantonese Opera in China. She was also a visiting scholar at Harvard-Yenching Institute (2013–2014). She has given various lectures at universities in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and the USA on theatre literature, folk performance, traditional customs, and the interactive relationship between Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea from transculturation studies perspective.