Southeast Asian Archive Newsletter

Winter Quarter 2001, Volume 10, No. 2

Recent Gifts

S. Megan Berthold: Her article :"War traumas and community violence: Psychological, behavioral, and academic outcomes among Khmer refugee adolescents." Co-published simultaneously in Journal of Multicultural Social Work, vol.8:1-2, 2000; and Violence: Diverse populations and communities, Eds. D. de Anda & R.M. Becerra, Haworth Press, 2000.

Dr. Joseph Carrier: Materials from the 1960s relating to the Republic of Vietnam and the U.S. in Vietnam; Laos: Country study and station report, Dept. of Defense, 1959; Vietnamese questionnaire, executive summary, notes, & correspondence from the 1991 San Francisco AIDS survey.

Carol Chai: Three books from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (Mahayana Buddhism): Virtue and reality (1998), Becoming your own therapist (1998), Make your mind an ocean (1999).

Yen Do: Nguoi Viet Giai Pham Xuan Tan Ty, 2001.

Professor Dorothy Fujita Rony: Two dolls made by hilltribe people of Thailand representing the Hmong and the Lisu people.

Gayle Morrison: Hmong American Residence & Business Directory, Minnesota/Wisconsin ed., 1997-2001; 1999-2000 issues of the Hmong Tribune (St. Paul, MN); Indochinese Refugee Action Center special report: A Description and Directory of National Organizations and People Involved in the Processing and Resettlement of Indochinese Refugees in America (October 1979); newspaper articles, brochures and pamphlets.

Khuong X. Nguyen: Nguyet San Giac Ngo (nos. 52-55, July-October 2000); Tuan Bao Giac Ngo (nos. 23-40, July-November, 2000); Hoa Sen (no. 4, November 2000).

Lam Nguyen: His book, Kienando Kungfu (2000).

Professor Nguyen Ba Lang: His books, Tranh ve kien truc va sinh hoat co truyen Viet Nam=Dessins des architures & scenes de vie traditionnelles du Vietnam (Paris 2000); and Kien truc phat giao Vietnam, vol. 2 (Paris, 2001).

Mai Nguyen: Her anthology of short stories, Giot buon tren que huong (2000); and book of poetry Nhung doa hoa tim (2000?).

Peter Nguyen: Brochure for the Little Saigon Tet Parade 2001.

Nguyen Ngoc Bich: Radiologs and cassette recordings of Radio Free Asia Vietnamese broadcasts, October-December 1999.

Tony Le Nguyen: Two programs for his 1995 Vietnamese Australian play, Chay vong vong=Running in circles; Australian newspaper and magazine articles concerning his productions and projects; video, Worlds Apart, concerning family conflict in a Vietnamese Australian family.

Dr. Pham Cao Duong: Cao Dai: A religious movement of Vietnam, CSU Fullerton M.A. thesis by Robert Nghiem Nguyen, 1999.

James I. Ridgeway: Materials relating to refugee resettlement in the 1980s and the early 1990s, with a focus on the Houston, Texas area; list of "Evacuees from Indo-China," [arriving at Camp Pendleton] November 6, 1975.

Prany Sananikone: Flyers and publications from the Bach Viet Association, Sacramento: A view from two worlds: The 1999 Bach Viet photography contest and exhibition CSU Sacramento; The 1996 Bach Viet photography contest and exhibition, Sacramento City College; M.A.A. Quarterly Magazine, 4:1 (September 30, 2000). Tieng Vang Magazine, no. 14 (June 16, 2000) & no. 21 (October 10, 2000).

SEARAC: Southeast Asian American Mutual Assistance Directory, 2000. (Copies are available for $15 from SEARAC, 1628 16th St., NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 2009-3099;

Thanong Sithisombath: Siengkhaen Magazine, no. 58 (July -September 1999 & no. 61 (July-August 2000); Paxasinh Lao Magazine, no. 33 (February-March 2000).

Daniel Tsang: His paper for the 2000 AAAS conference: "Reflections on the Little Saigon protests: Uncovering a progressive past & present;" his essay: "Serve the people? Challenges in Little Saigon." In Fred Ho, et al (Eds.), Legacy to liberation: Politics and culture of revolutionary Asian Pacific America, Big Red Media, 2000; newspaper and magazine articles concerning Southeast Asian Americans.

Van Nghe Publishers: 2000 publications: Chien tranh Dong Duong 3 (Hoang Dung); Nhan dien chan dung nha van (Ly Hoang Xuan); Cuu Long can dong bien Dong day song (Ngo The Vinh); Van hoc Viet Nam tu diem nhin hien dai (Nguyen Hong Quoc); Khung reu (Nguyen Thi Thuy Vu); Van hoc va thoi gian (Nguyen Vy Khanh); Doi moi, niem vui chua tron (Tran Do); Tram tu (Vo Hong); Binh Bien 11-11-1960 (Vuong Van Dong).

Viet Chi Nhan: ten audiocassettes of his poetry, with accompanying Vietnamese language text.

Vietnamese National Institute of Administration Association: Their publication, Hoai Bao Que Huong, no. 4 & 5 (March & October 2000).

Linda Trinh Vo: journal article: "Domestic violence in the Vietnamese immigrant community: An exploratory study," by Hoan N. Bui and Merry Morash. Violence Against Women, 5:7 (July 1999).

Catherine Vu: Vu Thuy Hoang's work: Sai Gon tuyet trang: Viet Nam, thang 4, 1975, 2000.

Teri Shaffer Yamada: Her conference papers: Nostalgia and collective memory: The formation and history of Cambodian culture in Long Beach, California,1958-1996 (1996); Aids in Cambodia/Long Beach (1998); Buddhism and healing: Cambodians in Long Beach, California (1998); The spirit cult of Klang Moeung in Long Beach, California (1998); Problematics of contemporary Khmer literature in English with transnational implications (1996); The popular culture of song in contemporary Cambodia (with Vuth Reth, 1997); Sita's sorrow: The tragic tale of the perfect wife-mother.

Thanks to all our donors. Our apologies to donors inadvertently not listed. We sincerely appreciate your support.

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Southeast Asian Archive Winter Quarter Hours

1:00-5:00 Monday-Saturday and by appointment
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Franklin Odo Visit

On February 21 and 22 Dr. Franklin Odo, Director of the Smithsonian Program for Asian Pacific American Studies, will be visiting UCI and Orange County. His appearance is sponsored by the UCI Libraries, the Asian American Studies program, and the History Department.

On February 21, Dr. Odo will be speaking at the UCI Langson Library on The Smithsonian Institutution and Southeast Asian American Communities. Preceding his talk Mr. Yen Do will be recognized for his efforts in promoting the Southeast Asian Archive within the Southeast Asian communities. The UCI Southeast Asian American Studies faculty will be introduced as well. A dialogue with the audience on the importance of saving cultural histories and making them accessible to the public will follow Dr. Odo's presentation. This event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Room 570, Langson Library. Light refreshments will be served.

At 6:00 the same evening there will be tours of the Southeast Asian Archive. In addition, Professor Jeff Brody from CSU Fullerton will present Vietnamese Americans: Portrait of a People, a slide show of photographs taken by Orange County college students.

On Thursday, February 22 starting at 3:00 p.m., there will be a reception for Dr. Odo at Kicon Internet Co., 12866 Main St., #101, Garden Grove.

Both events are open to the public. Please RSVP for either or both events by calling 949/824-7227.

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New Collection

SEARAC, the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center in Washington D.C., has donated nine boxes of materials, including correspondence, government documents, symposium and conference papers, periodicals, newspaper and journal articles, to the Southeast Asian Archive. SEARAC was founded in 1979 as the Indochina Refugee Action Center (IRAC), with the purpose of facilitating the resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees into American society and aiding in the development of Southeast Asian American non-profit organizations led by and for the refugees. The material donated to the Archive covers the time period from 1979 through the mid-1990s, and includes such topics as refugee admissions and sponsorship, refugee camps, the situation of the Vietnamese boat people, e.g., piracy, repatriation; post-resettlement issues such as employment, health, education; Southeast Asian refugee organizations in the U.S. and in other resettlement countries; conditions in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

We are delighted to have this collection as it fills in important gaps for the SEA Archive and portrays the activities of one of the most active and oldest South-east Asian ethnic non-profit organizations in the U.S.

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New Student Assistant: Quan Tue Tran

Hello, my name is Quan Tue Tran and this is my second year at UCI. My family and I came to the United States in the summer of 1993. Since I spent a large part of my childhood in Vietnam, I can speak, read and write fluently in Vietnamese. I choose to major in Comparative Literature simply because I have a profound interest in literature. I also find joy in learning other languages, including Spanish and German. Graduate school is in my near future and perhaps I will become a literature professor. My alternative path is journalism, also known as "literature in a hurry."

I enjoy working in the Southeast Asian Archive because everyday I learn something new and interesting about the Southeast Asian communities overseas, especially the Vietnamese American community here in California. Working in the Archive also raises my awareness and strengthens my sense of identity as a Vietnamese American woman. I am here to help Anne with the Vietnamese materials, clip newspaper articles, make photocopies of journal articles, shelve books and assist you to the best of my ability.

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UCI Southeast Asian Student Groups

Cambodian Student Organization (CSO):
Meets Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30 PM, HH 118. Chair: Sotheary Moeung (949) 387-1096,

Hmong Student Association:
Meets Thursdays, 7:00 PM, Campus Village TV Room. Contact: Mang Yang, (949) 725-3438;

Laotian-Thai Cultural Club (LTCC):
Meets Mondays, 5:00 PM, Cross-Cultural Center. Contact: Roy Janechuti, 949/387-9323;

Mustard Seeds (Hat Cai):
Meets Mondays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Interfaith Trailer. Contact: Duc Pham,; (949) 737-0506.

Vietnamese American Coalition (VAC):
Meets Thursdays, 7:00 PM, HH 143. Chair: Toan Vong,

Vietnamese Student Association (VSA):
Meets Thursdays, 6:00 PM, Emerald Bay A. Chair: Patrick Pham,;

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Winter Quarter 2001 Southeast Asian/American classes

  • AsianAm 150: Vietnamese American Women, Tues.
    & Thurs., 3:30-4:50, HH262, Prof. Vo
  • Vietnamese 1B: Fundamentals of Vietnamese, Mon- Fri., 8:00 & 9:00 AM (2 classes). CS249, Prof. Tran
  • Vietnamese 2B: Intermediate Vietnamese, Mon.-Fri., 10:00, CS249, Prof. Tran.
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Sang Tao: Beyond Creation

An exhibition of contemporary art by Vietnamese Americans who live and work in Orange County will take place February 5-April 30 at the Old Court- house Museum in Santa Ana. The exhibit consists of 24 works of art by 11 artists, and includes lacquer, oil and watercolor paintings, sculpture and mixed media. The exhibit is curated by artists Dong Nguyen and Ann Phong, whose works are represented in the show, along with artists Nguyen Khai, Nguyen Thi Hop, Cao Ba Minh, Be Ky, Ho Thanh Duc, Duong Van Hung, Luong Van Ty, Na Khanh Truong and Ho Anh.

Although these artists have shown their works individually at private galleries, colleges, universities and other institutions, this is the first large sponsored group exhibition by Orange County's Vietnamese American artists.

A public reception for the exhibition will be held on Saturday, March 10, 1:00-4:00 PM, with entertainment and refreshments.

Accompanying the art exhibition is an archival display, "Documenting the Southeast Asian Refugee Experience, " on loan from the Southeast Asian Archive.

The Old Courthouse Museum is located at 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd, Room 306, Santa Ana. It is open Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00. Admission is free. For more information, call (714) 834-3703.

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Call for Papers: "Viet Nam: Beyond the Frontiers"

The transnational character of Vietnamese studies is the theme of a conference, "Viet Nam: Beyond the Frontiers," which will take place at UCLA on May 11-12, 2001. The conference's purpose is to serve as a forum to build relationships between Vietnamese and Western scholars, Vietnamese and Vietnamese American Studies, graduate students and established scholars, and across methodological boundaries. All scholars currently researching on aspects of Vietnamese and Vietnamese American culture, economics, history, politics, and religion are welcome to participate. Papers dealing with issues of the Vietnamese diaspora in other areas of the world are welcome. Graduate students, in particular, are encouraged to submit proposals.

Those interested in participating should send a brief abstract to the conference coordinator, Nhung Tuyet Tran, at by February 15, 2001.

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Amerasia Journal Special Issue

"Vietnamese Americans/Creating Diasporas and Destinies" is the theme of a special Amerasia Journal issue slated for 2003 publication. Highlighted will be the diversity of the population and moving beyond the typical "refugee" model that focuses on them as victims of the Vietnam/American War and its aftermath. Like other Amerasia Journal special issues, this will be an interdisciplinary collection that brings together the work of scholars, activists, writers, artists, and community workers.

One page article proposals are due March 1, 2001. Authors will be notified of accepted article proposals by May 1, 2001. Submission mailing address is: UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 3230 Campbell Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

For inquiries about the special issue contact the guest editor: Linda T. Vo, Asian American Studies Program, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-6900; 949/824-3003, 949/824-3885 fax;

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Hmong National Conference

The sixth annual Hmong National conference will take place in Sacramento, March 30-April 1, 2001. The theme of the conference is: "Today's Action is Tomorrow's Success: Hnubno Tsaj Tagkis Saj." Activities at the conference include a College Day and Career Day, as well as workshops and exhibit booths. For more information contact conference chair, Dr. Lue Vang, P.O. Box 423, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741; 916/456-7695 or 916/264-4483; 916/864-9498 pager; 916/264-4463 fax.

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Visitor from Australia: Tony Le Nguyen

Tony Le Nguyen, an actor, writer and director from Australia, has been visiting Orange County as part of his study of overseas Vietnamese communities. He is the recipient of a two year grant from the Community Cultural Development Fund of the Australia Council to observe how Vietnamese communities have taken and adapted traditional culture in the USA, Canada and France. He will then spend a year in Vietnam working with local performers to create a new work on the theme of displacement. While in Orange County he has spoken at UCI on the topic " From Vietnamese gang leader to Vietnamese theatre: Vietnamese-Australian cultural arts," and was a member of a panel on the Arts at the student sponsored Asian Pacific Awareness Conference. He also has shown the video he co-directed, Worlds Apart, concerning conflict in a Vietnamese Australian family, at the Orange County Refugee Forum, an umbrella group for refugee service providers.

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Selected Recent Acquisitions

Bailey, Stephen Kermit. (1999). Ritual theory for interpretation of Lao Sukhwan rituals. Th.M. dissertation, Fuller Theological Seminary.
Cataloging in Process
Study of the anthropological theories of Levi Strauss, Mary Douglas, Victor Turner, and Clifford Geertz as they relate to ritual and specifically, Lao Sukhwan rituals.

Butler-Diaz, Jacqueline. Ed. (1998). New Laos, new challenges. Tempe, AZ: Program for Southeast Asian Studies, Arizona State University.
DS555.84 N49 1998 Southeast Asian Archive
Essays on politics, foreign relations, tradition and culture in Laos. Includes extensive bibliographies that include materials on Laotians in the U.S.

Canniff, Julie G. (1999). Traveling the middle path: The cultural epistemology of success: A case study of three Cambodian families . Ed.D dissertation, Harvard University.
E184 K45 C363 1999a Southeast Asian Archive
Discusses the meaning of success for Cambodian Americans and finds that the linkage of Buddhist beliefs to cultural identity is an integral part of success.

Chazeùe, Laurent. The peoples of Laos: Rural and ethnic diversities. Bangkok: White Lotus, 1999.
DS 555.44 C48 1999 Southeast Asian Archive
Surveys and maps 129 out of 132 known ethnic
groups in Laos. Includes an ethno-linguistic map.

Doan, Thi Nam-Hau. (1999). Traversing borders: A cross-cultural educational program. Ed.D. dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles.
LB2376.3 V5 D63 1999a Southeast Asian Archive
Examines the international education programs in Viet Nam of the School for International Training and the University of California Education Abroad Program.

Ima, Kenji.and Nidorf, Jean. (1998). Characteristics of Southeast Asian Delinquents: Towards an understanding. In Struggling to be heard: The unmet needs of Asian Pacific American children. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters File
Focuses in the impact of refugee background on Southeast Asian youth and the link between school troubles and delinquency.

Pfeifer, Mark Edward. (1999). Community, adaptation and the Vietnamese in Toronto. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Toronto.
Cataloging in Process
Comprehensive overview of the adaptation of Vietnamese in Toronto, focusing on the internal dynamics of the community and its relationship with the institutions of the host society.

Pham, Kim-Dzung. (1999). The origin and development of Buddhism in Vietnam between the 1st and the 18th century. M.A. thesis, California State University, Long Beach.
Cataloging in Process
Points out that Vietnamese Buddhism developed independently from Chinese influence, even though Vietnam was under Chinese domination during the first millennium.

Schein, Louisa. (1998). Importing Miao Brethren to Hmong America: A not-so-stateless transnationalism. In Pheng Cheah, Bruce Robbins (Eds.) Cosmopolitics: Thinking and feeling beyond the nation. (pp. 163-191)
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters File
Discusses transnationality among the Hmong in the U.S. and the Miao in China by examining the background and events of the 1995 International Symposium on Hmong People.

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New Class: Spring Quarter 2001

AsianAm 151H: The Southeast Asian American Experience. 12:30-1:50, Tu-Th., Prof. Vo

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The UCI Library Southeast Asian Archive was established in 1987 to document the resettlement experiences of refugees and immigrants from Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam who have come to the United States since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

Donations of materials and funds are greatly appreciated. Materials from Southeast Asian individuals and organizations (e.g., personal stories, photographs, correspondence, records of organizations and businesses, brochures, pamphlets, programs, posters, audio and videotapes, newsletters, reports, books, magazines and journals) are particularly welcome.

The Southeast Asian Archive Newsletter is issued three times during the academic year. It is available also on the worldwide web at

For more information about the collection or to put your name on the mailing list for the newsletter, please contact Anne Frank, Southeast Asian Archive, UC Irvine Langson Library, P.O. Box 19557, Irvine, CA 92623-9557; 949/824-4968 (phone); 949/824-5740 (fax);

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