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Oral History of Tracy Minh Do, restricted until 2039-02-13
Do, Tracy Minh
Chien, Ryan James
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UC Irvine, Libraries, Southeast Asian Archive
Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History project
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Scope/Content: An Oral History with Ms. Tracy Do, born in Saigon, June 1975. Her parents are boat people, sponsored by a church in Seattle, Washington to relocate to the United States in 1979. She has continued to live along the California West Coast. She obtained a college degree in education at the University of California, San Diego. She mainly discusses growing up moving in and out of the enclave, feeling isolated from Asian American collectives in college, and butting heads with her mom about cultural preservation. She is a single mother, raising one mixed-race daughter. She currently lives in West Covina and works at the district level in Rowland Heights School District. Materials restricted until 2039-02-13.
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 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf time log English; 1 pdf life map English; 1 jpg image file
Amerasian | Acculturation | Assimilation | Boat people | Buddhist | Children | Anti-Communist | College | Demonstration | Hi-Tek | Discrimination | Elderly | Assisted living | English as a second language (ESL) | High school | Higher education | Family reunification | Chain migration | Inter-generational gap | Language barrier | Navy | Poverty | Protests | Religion | Racism | Race relations | Teacher | Stereotypes | Sponsorships | Resettlement | Student | Tradition | Ancestors | Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) | Saigon | Monterey Park | Alhambra | California | Los Angeles County, California | Seattle | University of California, San Diego
Time Period
Vietnamese American Experience Class Oral Histories, 2019 Winter

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