Southeast Asian Archive   
Exhibit Beginning
The Past
Refugee Camp
Vietnamese American
Lao American
Hmong American
Cambodian American

"Indochina" was the European term used in the 19th century to describe the area  of mainland Southeast Asia between India and China.  The countries of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, although diverse in cultures, languages, and religion, were known as French Indochina, as they shared a background as colonies of France from 1858 to 1954.   After the withdrawal of the French following their defeat in 1954 at Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam was divided into two zones: the Democratic Republic of Vietnam under Ho Chi Minh in the North, and the Republic of Vietnam in the South under Ngo Dinh Diem.  Escalating discord between the two led to war. United States support of the anti-Communist government in the South led to active American intervention in the conflict, which eventually spread into neighboring Cambodia and Laos.

1. "Map of War area."  In: Stars and Stripes, 1966.  Donated by Marilyn Campbell.

2. Hmong and Mien artifacts.  20th century.  Donated by Guire John Cleary.
Items include: 
a boy's hat scissors
chopping block. farming utensils
sheath, knife

3. Ruines d'Angkor, Cambodia.  Postcard, ca. 1920s.
Donated by Denis Guttridge.

4. That Luang, Vientiane, Laos, 1910.
In: Treasures from Laos.  Vietiane: Institut de Recherches sur la Culture Lao, Association Culturelle des Routes de la Soie, 1997.  Donated by Prany Sananikone.

5. Paper banknotes.  Institut d'Emission des Etats du Cambodge, du Laos et du Viet-Nam, ca. 1951-1954.  Donated by Lien Doan.

6. Vocabulaire Français-Cambodgien.  Phnom-Penh: Librairie Khin-Chhe, 1952.  Donated by Clytia Chambers.

7. Dem Dong, Tim Ca Rung Chien, Vong Ngay Xanh [Vietnamese popular music].  Recording, ca. 1963-1965.  Donated by Lee Bonatti.

8. Tourist brochure with map of Saigon.  In: La Semaine `a Saigon.  November 11-17, 1973.  Donated by Lee Bonatti.

9. La Cathedrale and Le Cercle sportif, Saigon.
Two postcards, ca. 1920s.  Donated by Denis Guttridge.

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