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Oral History of Thanh Ngoc Nguyen
Nguyen, Thanh Ngoc
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 Thanh Nguyen, born in 1958 in Hue, Vietnam to a family with 10 children. His family moved from Hue (Central Vietnam) to Saigon a few years after his birth, following his father’s posting by the army. He recalls his school experiences in Saigon, particularly during the late 1960s when the Vietnam War was raging in the country. After the war ended, his father was sent to reeducation camp and he was sent to work hard labor. Because his opportunities were severely limited, he escaped Vietnam by boat in 1982 and passed through refugee camps in Malaysia and the Philippines where he met his wife through writing letters to her. She was an Australian working in refugee camps and her writings moved him. The only met years later in Westminster, California and got married in Australia. They have two children and are settled in Orange County, California, both taking active part in community life. At the time of interview, he is the president of a nonprofit called Social Assistance Program for Vietnam (SAP-VN).
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).
Scope/Content: Photograph of Thanh Nguyen, photographer Thuy Vo Dang, 2012, Garden Grove, Calif.
3 mp3 audio files; 9 jpg image files
Activism | Activist | Anticommunism | Anticommunist | Boat People | Buddhist | Children | Citizenship | Civil rights | College or university | Communism | Communist | Death | Discrimination | Education | Employment | Escape | English as a second language (ESL) | Ethnicity | Exile | Family | Farming | High school | Human rights | Humanitarian organization | Identity | Interracial relationship | Marriage | Police | Politics | Race relations | Reeducation | Refugee camp (Malaysia) | Refugee camp (Philippines) | Resettlement | Sponsors or sponsorship | Student | Teacher | Tradition or custom | Viet Cong | Viet Kieu | Vietnam War | Garden Grove, California | Little Saigon (Orange County, California) | Orange County, California | Hue (Vietnam) | Saigon (Vietnam)
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Thuy Vo Dang Oral Histories

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