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Scope/Content: An oral history with Mr. Thuan Tran, born in 1965 in Vung Tau, Vietnam. He and his family left Vietnam in 1975 and spent five years in an Indonesian refugee camp. He shares his memories of discrimination and adjustment to life in the Indonesian refugee camp, where he also resumed his Vietnamese education with the resources that were available for young people there. Mr. Thuan Tran also discusses his experiences with acculturating to high school in the U.S. after 1980. From 1984-1988, he attended the University of California, Irvine as an Electrical Engineering major. He shared his memories of campus life and being part of the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) on campus. After he graduated, he was accepted into a position with Southern California Edison, where he continues to work as the Manager for Protection Engineer to this day. He currently lives in Diamond Bar, California with his wife and daughter. Scope/Content: Dr. Thuy Vo Dang is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Project Director for the Vietnamese American Oral History Project (VAOHP) in the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine. She earned her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego in 2008 and was a Fellow at the Institute of American Cultures/Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles from 2009-2010 and a Visiting Scholar from 2010-2011. Her research and teaching specializations include comparative race and ethnic relations, immigration, ethnography, community studies, and oral history. For her doctoral dissertation on cultural politics and memory, she conducted oral history interviews with first generation Vietnamese Americans in San Diego. She has also collaborated on a Pacific Rim Foundation-funded project, interviewing over 70 Vietnamese Americans in the southern California area. Her academic research has been published in Amerasia Journal, the anthology Le Viet Nam Au Feminin, and Journal of Vietnamese Studies. Dr. Vo Dang currently facilitates and co-hosts a weekly Vietnamese-language radio show called Oral history; stories between the generations on VNCR (FM 106.3).
Acculturation | Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) | Assimilation | College or university | Communism | Communist | Discrimination | Education | Employment | Engineer | English as a second language (ESL) | Factory worker | Family | High school | Higher education | Identity | Immigrant | Language barrier | Refugee camp | Refugee camp (Indonesia) | Resettlement | Sponsors or sponsorship | Viet Cong | Viet Kieu | Vietnam War | Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) | Youth | Irvine, California | Los Angeles, California | Orange County, California | Santa Ana, California | Vietnam, Southern | Vung Tau (Vietnam) | University of California, Irvine (UCI)