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Scope/Content: Oral History of Bui Van Chuc, who is known by the name of Quyen Di, born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1948. He migrated with his family to Saigon in 1954 and recalls his education in Vietnam in great detail. Quyen Di became a teacher at Da Lat University and also taught 12th grade in Saigon after he finished his education in Vietnam. He met his wife, who was also a teacher at the same school. They left Vietnam in 1977 as boat refugees and passed through refugee camps in Malaysia and Hong Kong. After arriving in Alaska and then resettled to New Orleans, he decided to move to Orange County, California where he has lived since. He worked in several jobs, including publishing Vietnamese-language publications but has returned to his role as an educator. 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).
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Acculturation | Boat People | Catholic | College or university | Communism | Communist | Death | Education | Employment | Escape | English as a second language (ESL) | Family | High school | Identity | Marriage | Newspaper or magazine | Professor | Refugee camp (Malaysia) | Religion | Resettlement | Teacher | Tradition or custom | Unemployment | Vietnam War | Writer | Garden Grove, California | Little Saigon (Orange County, California) | Orange County, California | Vietnam, Northern | Ha Noi (Vietnam) | Saigon (Vietnam)