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Scope/Content: Oral history of Mr. Tran Thy Van, born in 1944 in Quang Nam, Vietnam. He resides in Huntington Beach, California at the time of interview. His early childhood was marked by the departure of his mother and a vagabond life with his father. His schooling was haphazard, and in his early twenties he went to Thu Duc Military Academy, a training school for officers joining the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. In 1968 he matriculated from Thu Duc with the rank of Thiếu úy [Second Lieutenant]. He joined the ground troops of the [Biệt Đồng Quân] and worked up to lead a battalion of 160 soldiers. In 1974 he lost both his legs from a landmine explosion and was discharged from the military. At the time he had a wife and six children. After he returned from service, he parted ways with his wife and lived with three of his children. He remarried and had three more children. In 1983 he and one of his sons escaped Vietnam by boat, passed through a refugee camp in Thailand, and resettled in Orange County where they sponsored his second wife and unmarried children. Tran Thy Van remained active with South Vietnamese veteran organizations and has published accounts of his life and military experience. 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).
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