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Scope/Content: Oral history of Nguyen Dinh Cuong (or Cuong Dinh Nguyen, western-style) who was born in Hanoi in 1942. His family migrated down to Dalat after the Geneva Conference partitioned Vietnam into north and South. Most of his education was attained in Dalat. He became a teacher and met his wife, also a teacher, at a school where he taught. They had a son in 1975 and fled Vietnam by boat in 1977, ending up in a make-shift refugee camp in Taman Muara, Malaysia. They were resettled to Los Angeles County, California where he had a brother already there. He continued his schooling and became a civil engineer, added one more child (daughter) to the family, and settled in Cerritos, California. At the time of interview he is retired and remains active in the Buddhist community as well as alumni associations and on Vietnamese radio. 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).
Acculturation | Boat People | Buddhist | Children | Education | Employment | Engineer | Exile | Family | Family reunification | Geneva Conference | Identity | International student | Marriage | Newspaper or magazine | Radio | Refugee camp (Malaysia) | Resettlement | Student | Teacher | Tradition or custom | Viet Cong | Viet Kieu | Vietnam War | Little Saigon (Orange County, California) | Los Angeles, California | Orange County, California | Da Lat (Vietnam) | Ha Noi (Vietnam)