Christina Woo (Acting Southeast Asian Archive Librarian) was recently interviewed by Susan Valot for Southern California Public Radio about the Southeast Asian Archive. You can hear the interview to learn more about the strengths of the Archive’s collections and the research it supports. Public radio also covered the recent announcement by UCI Chancellor Michael Drake and the Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors (VACA) of a joint commitment to raise funds to hire an archivist for the Southeast Asian Archive. The Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors (VACA), a chapter of the UCI Alumni Association, launched the fundraising effort at a media event at the Institute for Vietnamese Studies in Little Saigon on December 7. More information about the event and how to support the Southeast Asian Archive is available here.
The University of California, Irvine Libraries established the Southeast Asian Archive in 1987. The Archive’s collection strengths include materials relating to the resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants in the United States (and to a lesser extent, worldwide), refugee camp and other experiences of the “boat people” and land refugees, the development and progress of new ethnic communities, and the culture and history of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. There is a special focus on materials pertaining to Southeast Asians in Orange County and California. Holdings are in English and in Southeast Asian languages (primarily Vietnamese), and include books, refugee orientation materials, government documents, reports and surveys, periodicals, journal articles, newspaper clippings, video and audio recordings, personal and institutional papers, posters, photographs, ephemera, paintings, newspaper and journal articles, government documents, and dissertations and theses.