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Oral History of Chanh Minh Nguyen
Nguyen, Chanh Minh
Nguyen, Vian Thanh
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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 with Mr. Chánh Minh Nguyễn, born in 1968 in South Vietnam. After the fall of South Vietnam, he escaped Vietnam by boat in 1980 and arrived in Oxnard, California in 1981. He discussed his memories of his childhood in South Vietnam before and after 1975. He also discussed his experiences with assimilating into American culture as a student and government employee through discussions about food. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Cal State Long Beach in 1991, he became an investigator and later a real estate agent. At the time of the interview, he is working as a real estate agent and is active in the Buddhist community. He has two children and lives in Westminster, California.
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; 3 jpg image files
Assimilation | Anti-Communism | Anti-Communist | Boat people | Buddhist | Business | College | University | Diaspora | English as a second language (ESL) | Gangs | Freedom of speech | High school | Higher education | Humanitarian organization | Identity | Immigrant | Language barrier | Moon Festival | Police | Real estate agent | Refugee camp (Malaysia) | Religion | Student | Tradition | Customs | Vietnam War | Cal State University, Long Beach | Little Saigon (Orange County, California) | Westminster, California
Time Period
Vietnamese American Experience Class Oral Histories, 2019 Winter

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