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Oral History of David Tran
Tran, David
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: An oral history with Mr. David Tran, born in Soc Trang, Vietnam in 1945. The interview focused on his experiences with migration and business. He is of Cantonese descent, but lived most of his life in Vietnam. He was drafted into the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) at age 20, and after the war ended, returned home to help with the family business. He and his family eventually left Vietnam as boat refugees and migrated to the United States in 1979. After relocating from Boston, Massachusetts to Los Angeles, California in 1987, he and his family built and expanded their company. The company is known as Huy Fong Foods, Inc., and is most renowned for its Sriracha products. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his family.
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).
2 mp3 audio files; 1 pdf transcription English; 5 jpg image files
Acculturation | Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) | Boat People | Business | Business owner | Chinatown | Chinese and ethnic Chinese | Communism | Education | English as a second language (ESL) | Ethnicity | Language barrier | Tradition or custom | Los Angeles, California | Los Angeles County, California | Vietnam, Southern | Saigon (Vietnam) | Soc Trang (Vietnam)
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Thuy Vo Dang Oral Histories

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