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Scope/Content: An oral history with Phong Duc Do, born in 1958 in Saigon, Vietnam. He grew up with 3 siblings and his interview focused on experiences with the education system in Vietnam as well as the social relations between friends in the 1960s and 1970s in Saigon. His father was sent to reeducation camp in 1975 and as the oldest brother, he had to work to support his family. He tried escaping Vietnam as a boat refugee but failed and then in 1991 his family left through the Humanitarian Operation under the Orderly Departure Program. He was sponsored to Washington state but eventually resettled in San Diego, California. After working in various jobs and attending school, he got a job as an aircraft engineer working for the US Navy. 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).
2 mp3 audio files; 1 pdf transcription Vietnamese; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf field notes English; 3 jpg image files; 3 pdf documents
Anticommunism | Anticommunist | Boat People | Children | College or university | Education | Engineer | English as a second language (ESL) | Family | Orderly Departure Program | Reeducation | Resettlement | San Diego County, California | Saigon (Vietnam)