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Center for Asian American Studies signs MoU with the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation and the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, UT Austin

Posted: October 14, 2011
Nancy Bui with VAHF, Destin Smith with the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, and Madeline Hsu director of CAAS

Nancy Bui with VAHF, Destin Smith with the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, and Madeline Hsu director of CAAS

The Center for Asian American Studies (CAAS), Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation (VAHF), and the Office of the Associate Dean for Research at the College of Liberal Arts, UT-Austin sign a Memo of Understanding to properly archive and make accessible 500 interviews collected by the VAHF Oral History Project.

The VAHF ‘s mission is to preserve, promote and celebrate Vietnamese American history and heritage for present and future generation of Vietnamese Americans. Aligned with their mission they began the Oral History Project in 2008, at the same time CAAS offered a course in Vietnamese American culture and history. The course required students to conduct an oral history of a Vietnamese immigrant for their final class project. These oral histories were added to VAHF’s 500 Oral History Project, a joint effort between CAAS and VAHF.

Now that VAHF has collected 500 oral histories they are in the process of transcribing all of the video interviews so they can be digitally archive through the UT libraries. 

The 500 Oral Histories Project is VAHF’s third collection since its formation in 2004. The first collection consists of documents and photos of the 1975 evacuation of refugees from South Vietnam to Guam, donated by the government and University of Guam and the U.S. military bases in Guam in 2006. The Families and Friends of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association Collection constitutes the second collection, completed in 2008 in cooperation with the Vietnam Center at University TX Tech in Lubbock, TX, available online at http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/vahp/fvppa.htm.

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