Country:United StatesBiographical Information:Proud granddaughter of Buddhist monks and Vietnam war survivors, Valérie E. Ng. recently returned from three years living in rural Cambodia in the outskirts of the temple city of Siem Reap and near the retreating jungle’s edge bordering Laos and Vietnam. She joined the Center for World Indigenous Studies as an associate scholar with the intention of continuing with what had originally called her back to Southeast Asia: the desire to honor global interdependence and the shared interests of humanity. Over the last several years, she has been actively engaged in biological remediation projects (regenerative degraded landscapes through only natural means), food resiliency workshops, and the knowledge of traditional medicines. As a French-language translator and amateur mycologist, she spends her time inspired by her maternal grandparents, who passed on to her a lifelong love of languages and forest mushrooms.