Chu Duy Ly was born in Dak Lak province, located in the central highland of Vietnam and the home of many main local indigenous peoples such as the Ede, the M’nong, and the J’rai. He is a mix of Kinhese, Edeian, and Jarais ancestry. Ly graduated from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, a member university of Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (USSH – VNU HCM) with a B.A. in International Relations. In 2012 he earned his M.A. in International Studies with greatest honor at USSH – VNU in Hanoi. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a recipient of the HYI-NUS Joint Doctoral Scholarship. He is supervised by Assoc Prof Bruce M. Lockhart of the Department of History (NUS). He is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, USSH – VNU HCM. He participated in research activities and programs at the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), Global Seasonal School of Free University of Berlin, Mindanao Peace-Building Institute (MPI), and the Elliott School of International Affairs (GWU). His current research at NUS explores a transnational network of ideals, materials, capitals, technologies, and peoples through a large technical system reflecting a complex accretion of the imperial French and Japanese, the unofficial-neo-Imperial American and post-war Japanese, and national aspirations of the Republic of Vietnam from a comparative perspective.