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Oral History of Hien Trong Nguyen
Nguyen, Hien Trong
Le, Viviana Hong
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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 Mr. Hien Nguyen, born in 1943 in Ha Noi, Vietnam. He was a Vietnamese air force officer during the Viet Nam War. His father was Cat Tuong, the artist who designed the modern ao dai. The interview focused on his experiences as a military officer in Vietnam, and experience in the United States. He worked for the Flying Tiger and traveled to the United States by himself. He left Vietnam right before the Fall of Saigon and ended up resettling in Los Angeles, Calfornia.
Scope/Content: “Vietnamese American Experience” examines Vietnamese American identities and communities through a sustained critique of United States imperialism and analysis of the wars in Southeast Asia, which spurned the mass migration of over 1 million Vietnamese to America since the 1970s. Drawing from interdisciplinary scholarly research, literary works and visual media, this course equips students with a critical and transnational framework for engaging Vietnamese American experiences. We explore how Vietnamese Americans have been made subject to US racial formation before and after their arrival in the US. Most importantly, we seek to understand how they craft their own lives and meanings, their memories of the homeland, as well as their triumphs and struggles to build community. Toward this end, a major component of this course is an oral history project each student will complete with a Vietnamese American elder. Students are trained in oral history methodology and required to conduct and process (transcribe, translate, and index) one oral history interview to donate to the Vietnamese American Oral History Project, which is archived in the UCI Libraries Southeast Asian Archive.
Scope/Content: Photograph of Hien Nguyen, photographer Viviana Le, 2012, Garden Grove Library, Calif
1 mp3 audio file; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf transcription Vietnamese; 1 pdf field notes English; 1 pdf time log English; 3 jpg image files
Anticommunism | Anticommunist | Art | Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) | Acculturation | Children | Communism | Communist | Education | Employment | Ethnicity | Exile | Family | Identity | Tradition or custom | Viet Kieu | Vietnam War | Los Angeles County, California | Ha Noi (Vietnam) | Saigon (Vietnam)
Time Period
Vietnamese American Experience Classes Oral Histories, 2012 Winter

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