Students collect Vietnamese American stories
Posted: January 31, 2008
A history major at the University of Texas, Andrew Morris has studied the Vietnam War.
He knows the American perspective. He knows that the fallout was severe. But he wants to learn what happened after Saigon fell.
"I wanted to get the other perspective," the senior said.
Now he has the chance. For the first time, UT is offering a course on Vietnamese American culture and history this semester.
As part of the upper-division course for undergraduates, students will interview local Vietnamese Americans. Fifteen to 20 oral histories will become part of a one-day exhibit and reception at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum on April 27, three days before the 33rd anniversary of the fall of Saigon. Afterward, the exhibit is expected to travel to libraries and schools, including the Little Walnut Creek Branch library in North Austin, where many Vietnamese Americans live.