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Oral History of Patricia Chau Nguyen
Nguyen, Patricia Chau
Malaluan, Nhoylani Dolores
Date Created and/or Issued
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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 with Patricia Nguyen. She was born on September 21, 1982, at the University of California, San Diego. She identifies as Asian American but socio-politically as Vietnamese American. She is a space maker for change creators. Patricia’s parents were college students when Saigon fell. Her grandfather was a part of the US military and was sent to Georgetown for reeducation and was able to obtain a diploma. Higher education to her family was a way of not means of life but understanding who they were as people. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Cellular and Developmental Biology, she went to graduate school at the University of Vermont and received her Masters of Education. She was Assistant Dean of Students at Cornell University, being brought in to build an Asian American center for the college. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles and working at the University of California, Los Angeles working under the alumni center where she convenes with all the different identity-based alumni associations for UCLA.
Scope/Content: At what point in time can one pinpoint the beginning of Vietnamese America? Does it begin with the Fall of Saigon? Does it begin with the creation of Little Saigons throughout America? In looking to define Vietnamese American experiences, do we limit what it has been and what it could be? Whatever the entry point, experiences of Vietnamese Americans are inextricably tangled with the political, economic, and social structures of racial, class, and gender hierarchy in the United States and notions of authenticity and nationalism. Thus, to begin learning what the Vietnamese American experience entails, is to also begin unlearning. This course seeks to understand, unravel and complicate what Vietnamese America is through a critical refugee and critical race lens. By analyzing various issues, we are able to see how Vietnamese Americans are affected by larger societal forces such as capitalism and imperialism. This course aims to: 1. To introduce the student to the history, culture, and contemporary experiences of Vietnamese Americans, highlighting how power and privilege entangles them all together. 2. Expand current discourse around social issues that affect Vietnamese Americans by using both scientific literature, creative works and scholarly articles. 3. Expose students to the multitude of historical, contemporary and local Vietnamese American narratives, taking advantage of the proximity to one of the largest Little Saigons.
Scope/Content: A current photo of Patricia Chau, photographer Nhoylani Dolores, 2019.
1 mp3 audio files; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf time log; 1 pdf life map; 7 jpg image files
Activism | Assimilation | Anti-Communist | Boat people | Buddhist | Citizenship | College | University | Cornell University | Doctor | Domestic violence | Education | Escape | Family | Fighter Spirit | French | Ho Chi Minh | Identity | Interracial relationship | Language barrier | Marriage | Nurse | Reeducation | Reeducation camp | Refugee camp (Malaysia) | Refugee camp (Philippines) | Religion | Student | Space maker | Vietnam War | Vietnamese Student Association | University of California, San Diego | University of California, Irvine | University of California, Santa Barbra | University of California, Los Angeles | University of Vermont | Little Saigon (Orange County, California) | San Diego, California
Time Period
Vietnamese American Experience Class Oral Histories, 2019 Winter

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