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Oral History of Paul Chi Hoang
Hoang, Paul Chi
Duran, Daisy Herrera
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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 Mr. Paul Chi Hoang, a graduate of Divine Word College at Epworth, Iowa where he majored in Philosophy. The interview focused on his experiences as a 1.5 generation Vietnamese who migrated to America for a better life. The Vietnam War caused many negative impacts in his life but also shaped his career goals. He believes that storytelling is an important aspect of preserving history and therefore, volunteered to participate in the Vietnamese American Oral History Project.
Scope/Content: “Vietnamese American Experience” examines Vietnamese American identities and communities through a sustained critique of United States imperialism and analysis of the wars in Southeast Asia, which spurned the mass migration of over 1 million Vietnamese to America since the 1970s. Drawing from interdisciplinary scholarly research, literary works and visual media, this course equips students with a critical and transnational framework for engaging Vietnamese American experiences. We explore how Vietnamese Americans have been made subject to US racial formation before and after their arrival in the US. Most importantly, we seek to understand how they craft their own lives and meanings, their memories of the homeland, as well as their triumphs and struggles to build community. Toward this end, a major component of this course is an oral history project each student will complete with a Vietnamese American elder. Students are trained in oral history methodology and required to conduct and process (transcribe, translate, and index) one oral history interview to donate to the Vietnamese American Oral History Project, which is archived in the UCI Libraries Southeast Asian Archive.
Scope/Content: Photograph of Paul Chi Hoang, Photographer Daisy Herrera Duran, 2012, Santa Ana, Calif.
2 mp3 audio files; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf field notes English; 1 pdf time log English; 4 jpg image files
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Time Period
Vietnamese American Experience Classes Oral Histories, 2012 Fall

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