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Oral History of Huynh Van Chinh (aka Trung Chinh)
Huynh, Chinh Van
Tran, Darlena
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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 Mr. Huynh Van Chinh, who also goes by the name of Trung Chinh. He was born in My Tho, Vietnam in 1943 and was a medical doctor of the Army 1971 until the war ended in 1975. During the interview he described his experience growing up in a poor family, his schooling, and then his time in the Army. When the war ended, he was sent to reeducation camp for one year, released to work at a hospital in ChoLon and then escaped Vietnam by boat and passed through Pulau Bidong, Malaysia. He resettled in Denver, Colorado through a sponsor. In 2000, he came to settle down in Los Angeles, California.
Scope/Content: In 2008, the Vietnamese American community in Austin, along with VAHF, successfully collaborated with the University of Texas at Austin’s Center For Asian American Studies (CAAS) to establish a course on Vietnamese American history and culture, instructed by Ph.D. candidate Linda Ho Peché. Each student was required to complete an oral interview of a self-identified Vietnamese American. These oral histories became part of the 500 Oral History Project initiated by VAHF as its third most urgent collection, since many members of the first genera- tion of Vietnamese Americans are now elderly. With their passing, first-hand accounts of the Vietnamese American immigration experience would be lost.
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5 mp4 video files; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf transcription English
Anticommunism | Anticommunist | Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) | Boat People | Children | Citizenship | Communism | Communist | Death | Employment | English as a second language (ESL) | Ethnicity | Exile | Expatriate | Family | Human rights | Identity | Marriage | Reeducation | Reeducation camp | Refugee camp | Refugee camp (Malaysia) | Sponsors or sponsorship | Viet Cong | Viet Kieu | Vietnam War | Los Angeles County, California | My Tho (Vietnam) | Saigon (Vietnam)
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Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation Oral Histories Project

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