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Oral History of Joanne Nguyen
Nguyen, Joanne
Dang, Jaclyn
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: An oral history with JoAnne Nguyen, born on August 21st, 1967 in N/A, Vietnam. She was a young teen at the time and did not leave Vietnam until after the war. After the Vietnam War ended in 1975, she was the last of her siblings to leave South Vietnam in a boat where she would eventually end up in a Thai refugee camp. Her travel continues to Calgary-Alberta, Canada where she began her schooling in junior high through high school and eventually ended up in California. She currently is married, has two daughters, and has worked as a cosmetologist and as a pharmacy technician. She is currently continuing her education in medical coding at the University of Loma Linda. She also has lived in Loma Linda, California since leaving Canada.
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.
1 mp3 audio file; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf time log; 1 pdf life map; 1 jpg image file
Acculturation | Assimilation | Boat people | Buddhist | Children | China | Chinese | Ethnic Chinese | Citizenship | College | University | Communism | Communist | Discrimination | Education | Employment | English as a Second Language (ESL) | Ethnicity | Family | Family Reunification | Farming | Hair Salon | Health | Healthcare | High School | Higher Education | Identity | Integration | International Student | Language Barrier | Marriage | Pharmacist | Race Relations | Refugee Camp (Thailand) | Technician | Tet Festival | Thai Pirates | Tradition | Custom | Viet Cong | Vietnam War
Time Period
Vietnamese American Experience Class Oral Histories, 2019 Winter

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