Mr. Vincent Pak

Graduate Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Vincent is in his first year of his PhD candidacy in English Language and Linguistics, based at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Like his undergraduate thesis, his doctoral research is in the field of language, gender, and sexuality; specifically, the relationship between queer lives and religious discourse in contemporary Singapore. His academic interests include queer and feminist theories, particularly the work of Judith Butler.

Having joined the College back in 2015 as an undergraduate, Vincent has fond memories of his neighbours barging into his room at the most inopportune moments, getting involved with interest groups and projects in Tembusu, and the utter convenience of waking up minutes before a College class. He is thrilled to be back as a Graduate Fellow to put his listening ear to good use, and is committed to working with his Residential Fellows and Assistants to build a safe and comfortable place for new and current Tembusu residents to grow, play, and rest. He is already your friend.

Besides his research, Vincent enjoys daily HIIT workouts at F45 and evening runs (it’s way too warm in the day). He also buys more books than he can read, and has quite an unhealthy relationship with hoarding them. Other hedonistic indulgences include and are not limited to Netflix, naps, and sparkling water. Vincent is an incredibly proud brother to his pup Summer, whom he sometimes overshares about. He is convinced that she is undoubtedly the friendliest dog in multiple universes.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.