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Southeast Asian Archive Special Event

Project Ngoc: A Living Legacy
- A Great Success!

On Saturday, September 8th at UCI's Langson Library over 75 people enjoyed a special champagne brunch while honoring the 25th anniversary of the impact of Project Ngoc. 

The event was a great success in bringing Project Ngoc alumni and friends together to reminisce and build new relationships at UCI and in the community.  It also raised awareness of the importance of the Libraries Southeast Asian Archive in preserving the history of our Southeast Asian American community.

We are delighted to report that $2,125 was raised for the Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors (VACA) initiative to benefit the Southeast Asian Archive.

To view a video of the program please click below:

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To view photos of the event please click here to go to the Southeast Asian Archive Facebook page.

For a recap of the program please read the Event Report below. 

Our sincere thanks to the Project Ngoc Reunion Committee for all of their time and effort to make this event such a success.  Project Ngoc Reunion Committee members:  Michelle Light, Christina Woo, Mai-Phuong Nguyen, Tu-Uyen Nguyen, and Thuy Vo Dang.

Project Ngoc: A Living Legacy was sponsored by the UC Irvine Libraries Southeast Asian Archive and its Advisory Board, the Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors (a chapter of the UCI Alumni Association), the UC Irvine School of Humanities' Vietnamese American Oral History Project, and Project Ngoc alums.


Event Report
Event Program

Recap of Program:

Champagne brunch and viewing of the exhibit, Hope of Freedom: Project Ngoc's Decade of Dedication.

University Librarian Lorelei Tanji welcomed guests to the UCI Libraries.

Michelle Light, Head of Special Collections and Archives, described the mission and goals of the Southeast Asian Archive.

Daniel Do-Khanh, Chair of the Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors, gave an inspiring talk about his background and the importance of preserving the history of our Southeast Asian American community. Daniel described the VACA Initiative to raise $25,000 to help hire a temporary archivist to collect and process materials for the Southeast Asian Archive, and invited support for the initiative.

Mai-Phuong Nguyen, MD (3rd PN Co-Chair, 1988-89 Currently, Minority Healthcare physician leader at CMA) gave an touching and informative tribute to Project Ngoc members with the slide show: "The Tale of Project Ngoc, A Love Story." 

Dr. Thuy Vo Dang (Director, UCI Vietnamese-American Oral History Project) led a panel discussion on the Living Legacy of Project Ngoc.  Participating were: Anh-Thai Quang Dinh (Former PN advisor and currently Assistant to the Publisher, Nguoi Viet Daily News), Anne Frank (Founding librarian of the Southeast Asian Archive), Dr. Mai-Phuong Nguyen, Nicole Nguyen (Final PN Co-Chair, 1996-97 and currently Project Manager at United Healthcare), Thanh Nguyen (PN volunteer/advisor and Co-Founder SAP-VN (Social Assistance Program to VietNam)), and Dr. Tu-Uyen Nguyen (PN Washington DC intern and refugee camp volunteer, 1991, and currently, Associate Professor of Asian-Am Studies at CSU-Fullerton).

Following the program, guests enjoyed tours of the Southeast Asian Archive Reading Room and Special Collections and Archives.