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Oral History of Thuan Phuoc Nguyen
Nguyen, Thuan Phuoc
Miyabayashi, Hanna
Date Created and/or Issued
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UC Irvine, Libraries, Southeast Asian Archive
Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History project
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Scope/Content: Oral history of Mr. Thuan Phoc Nguyen who was born in Saigon, Vietnam on October 6th, 1988. He came to the U.S. by taking a plane from Saigon to Los Angeles International Airport on August 18th, 1993. He came to the U.S. through the Orderly Departure Program. He went to a local junior and high school in Southern California. After graduating from high school in 2006, he entered Pasadena City College. In 2008, he transferred to Chaffey College and majored in communication and sociology. In 2011, he transferred to California State University, Fullerton. In 2013, he continued studying at the California State University, Fullerton as a graduate student majoring in sociology, at the same university. The significant event for him was to join the organization Viet Rainbow of Orange County. It changed his relationship with his family because he felt more open to being a gay and Vietnamese man. The topic we covered in the interview was mainly about gender and sexual identity in the Vietnamese American community. He is currently studying sociology as a Master's student at the California State University, Fullerton and living in Montclair with his family.
Scope/Content: At what point in time can one pinpoint the beginning of Vietnamese America? Does it begin with the Fall of Saigon? Does it begin with the creation of Little Saigons throughout America? In looking to define Vietnamese American experiences, do we limit what it has been and what it could be? Whatever the entry point, experiences of Vietnamese Americans are inextricably tangled with the political, economic, and social structures of racial, class, and gender hierarchy in the United States and notions of authenticity and nationalism. Thus, to begin learning what the Vietnamese American experience entails, is to also begin unlearning. This course seeks to understand, unravel and complicate what Vietnamese America is through a critical refugee and critical race lens. By analyzing various issues, we are able to see how Vietnamese Americans are affected by larger societal forces such as capitalism and imperialism. This course aims to: 1. To introduce the student to the history, culture, and contemporary experiences of Vietnamese Americans, highlighting how power and privilege entangles them all together. 2. Expand current discourse around social issues that affect Vietnamese Americans by using both scientific literature, creative works and scholarly articles. 3. Expose students to the multitude of historical, contemporary and local Vietnamese American narratives, taking advantage of the proximity to one of the largest Little Saigons.
1 mp3 audio file; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf time log; 1 pdf life map; 1 jpg image file
Biology | Children | China | Citizenship | Civil Rights | College | University | Diaspora | Discrimination | Education | Entertainment | English as a second language (ESL) | Family | Family reunification | Festival | Filmmaker | Freedom of speech | Health | Healthcare | High school | Higher education | Human rights | Human trafficking | Humanitarian Operation (HO) | Identity | Immigrant | Information Technology (IT) | Interracial relationship | International student | Marriage | Mental health | Musician | Public health | Race relations | Racism | Research | Resettlement | Restaurants | Stereotypes | Student | Tet Festival | California State University, Fullerton | Garden Grove, California | Little Saigon (Orange County, California) | Orange County, California | San Diego County, California | Sexual identity | Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ)
Time Period
Vietnamese American Experience Class Oral Histories, 2019 Winter

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