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Oral History of Dan Nguyen
Nguyen, Dan
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 Dan Nguyen, born in 1948, who has used many different aliases due to the necessity of evading the communist regime after 1975. He was born in Hanoi, Vietnam, but his family migrated to Da Lat after the 1954 Geneva Accords. He comes from a large family of 7 siblings. His family descended from the Nguyen-Dinh clan, a martial arts family working for the imperial court of the last dynasty in Vietnam. He was drafted into the Army of the Republic of Vietnam and then sent to reeducation camp after 1975. After getting out of reeducation camp, he attempted to leave Vietnam by boat many times but would be caught and imprisoned each time. His successful escape happened in 1984 and he passed through a refugee camp for 10 months before resettling in the U.S. He came with only his young daughter and raised her on his own, working odd jobs. At the time of interview, he is a home health nurse.
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).
1 mp3 audio file; 1 pdf transcription Vietnamese; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf field notes English; 7 jpg image files
Ancestor | Anticommunism | Anticommunist | Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) | Boat People | Children | Communism | Communist | Death | Detainee | Education | Employment | Escape | Exile | Family | Gardener | Health | Healthcare | High school | Marriage | Prisoner | Reeducation | Reeducation camp | Refugee camp (Indonesia) | Resettlement | Soldier | Vietnam War | Little Saigon (Orange County, California) | Orange County, California | Santa Ana, California | Vietnam, Northern | Vietnam, Southern | Ha Noi (Vietnam) | Saigon (Vietnam)
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Thuy Vo Dang Oral Histories

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