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Oral History of Alex Thai Nguyen
Nguyen, Alex Thai
Takahashi, Samantha
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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 of Alex Thai Nguyen, born in Bien Hoa, Vietnam in 1966. He discussed his childhood living in the middle of the marketplace in Bien Hoa and his childhood love for building tailless kites and fireworks. After the Fall of Saigon, Alex's father, the Director of Rehabilitation Center, was forced to flee Vietnam to avoid possible persecution or imprisonment. In 1982, Alex's father sponsored the rest of the family, but during the family's journey from Vietnam to America, he passed away. The interview focused on Alex's childhood, the difficulties that he and his family experienced without his father in Vietnam, the impact of his father's death, his pursuit of higher education later on in his life, and his music school. Alex's love for music influenced his current occupation. He has taught piano since 2008, and he currently is a business-owner and teacher at Dancing Keys Studio
Scope/Content: The Linda Vo Class Oral Histories, 2013 are part of a seminar that introduced students to a range of key methodological issues in Asian American Studies. The readings are organized around questions, approaches, and critiques that will help students develop technical skills in qualitative research and analysis, as well as examine how researchers have studied the demographic transformations, economic restructuring, and political changes that shape social relations. We will gain a critical understanding of some of the theoretical, empirical, and ethical challenges posed by scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, we will discuss "voice" which can refer to literal, direct forms of expression such as interviews, personal testimonies, and oral histories; and more broadly, as well as forms of symbolic representation such as photographs, videos, and other cultural texts. Students are required to complete a fieldwork research/oral history project, presentations, and short writing assignments.
1 mp3 audio file; 1 pdf transcription English; 1 pdf time log English; 1 pdf field notes English; 3 jpg image files
Business owner | Catholic | College or university | Director | Discrimination | Education | Employment | Entrepreneur | English as a second language (ESL) | Family | High school | Musician | Orderly Departure Program | Remittances | Tradition or custom | Vietnam War | Little Saigon (Orange County, California) | San Francisco, California | Westminster, California | Saigon (Vietnam)
Time Period
Linda Vo Class Oral Histories, 2013

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