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Oral History of Nguyen Trong Phat
Nguyen, Phat Trong
Vo Dang, Thuy
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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. Nguyen Trong Phat (or PhatTrong Nguyen, western-style) who was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1951. His family moved south in 1954 and followed his father’s work as a bus driver. He spoke about his early days in school and then his career in the Army for seven years. He married his wife in 1973. After the war ended, he was sent to reeducation camp and then imprisoned again in 1977. He spoke at length and in vivid detail about his boat journey from Vietnam to Hong Kong, focusing on the survival strategies of those aboard his boat. After resettlement in the United States, he worked many odd jobs until he started his small business, shipping care packages to Vietnam in the 1980s. This business eventually became one of the most established money transfer and shipping businesses in Orange County, California.
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).
3 mp3 audio files; 1 pdf transcription Vietnamese; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf field notes English; 4 jpg image files
Anticommunism | Anticommunist | Boat People | Business | Business owner | Catholic | Children | Communism | Communist | Death | Detainee | Employment | Entrepreneur | English as a second language (ESL) | Family | Prisoner | Reeducation camp | Refugee camp (Hong Kong) | Resettlement | Soldier | Viet Cong | Vietnam War | Little Saigon (Orange County, California) | Orange County, California | Vietnam, Southern | Ha Noi (Vietnam) | Saigon (Vietnam)
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Thuy Vo Dang Oral Histories

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