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Scope/Content: An oral history with Mr. Jonathan Nguyen, a boat person and American citizen, currently residing in Mission Viejo , California where he attended high school upon arrival. This interview focused on his experiences as a child growing up with his siblings, and how it changed after the Communists took over. He also speaks of his challenges of survival as a boat person, refugee, and immigrant in the United States. Although he was a teenager at the time, he remembers many details and how he appreciates his life today. He is volunteering with the VAOHP to help preserve his experiences and lessons he would like to teach his children today. Scope/Content: The Linda Vo Class Oral Histories, 2012 subcollection are part of a seminar that introduced students to a range of key methodological issues in Asian American Studies. The readings are organized around questions, approaches, and critiques that will help students develop technical skills in qualitative research and analysis, as well as examine how researchers have studied the demographic transformations, economic restructuring, and political changes that shape social relations. We will gain a critical understanding of some of the theoretical, empirical, and ethical challenges posed by scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, we will discuss "voice" which can refer to literal, direct forms of expression such as interviews, personal testimonies, and oral histories; and more broadly, as well as forms of symbolic representation such as photographs, videos, and other cultural texts. Students are required to complete a fieldwork research/oral history project, presentations, and short writing assignments.
2 mp3 audio files; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf field notes English; 1 pdf time log English; 5 jpg image files