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Scope/Content: Oral history of Hung Viet Nguyen, born on Christmas Day in 1957 n Saigon, Vietnam. He discussed his memories of growing up and attending school in Saigon. He escaped Vietnam by boat in 1981 by himself and passed through a few refugee camps in the Philippines before being sponsored by his brother to Santa Clara, California. He settled down in Torrance, California with a wife and two sons. While he works as a Graphics artist, he is also an artist who has exhibited his work in both mainstream and Vietnamese American community sites. 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).
Art | Artist | Acculturation | Boat People | Children | College or university | Education | Employment | Engineer | Escape | English as a second language (ESL) | Family reunification | High school | Marriage | Refugee camp (Philippines) | Sponsors or sponsorship | Teacher | Viet Kieu | Vietnam War | Los Angeles County, California | Saigon (Vietnam)