Vietnamese Americans have lived in extraordinary times, surviving war, displacement, and resettlement. VIETNAMESE FOCUS: GENERATIONS OF STORIES showcases the diversity of the Vietnamese community in Orange County, the largest outside of Vietnam. This exhibition, co-curated by Linda Trinh Vo and Tram Le, presents snapshots of a dynamic and vibrant community that is contributing to the region.

The year 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the arrival of significant numbers of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants to this country, many who have made Orange County their home. The stories in this exhibition present the complexities of the Vietnamese experience before the war, their roles during the war, their paths of escape and resettlement, and their current lives in the county.

The exhibition includes interactive features, photographs, documents, artifacts, ephemera, artwork, and oral histories from Viet Stories and the UCI Libraries Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center (OC&SEAA), as well as materials from private collections. The showing is informed by a new book, Vietnamese in Orange County (Arcadia Publishing, 2015) by Thuy Vo Dang, Linda Trinh Vo, and Tram Le, which includes 235 images and documents. To accompany the exhibition, the following may be available: curator-led tours, artist talk, performances, presentations, and educational workshops for all age groups.


The exhibition and all related events are free and open to the public.

See photos here.

Saturday, March 5, 2016 — Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Viewpoint Gallery, Second Floor
University of California, Irvine – Student Center
311 W. Peltason Drive,
Irvine, CA 92697

Open: Daily — 7:00 AM – 12:00 AM,
(Student Center will be closed Saturday, March 19th and
Sunday, March 20th for renovations.)

Friday, March 11, 2016
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Program begins @ 7PM

UCI Co-Sponsors: Department of Asian American Studies; School of Humanities; Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative;Humanities Commons; Center for Asian Studies; Cross-Cultural Center; Department of History; Southeast Asian Student Association (SASA); Southeast Asian Retention through Creating Hxstory (SEARCH); Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors – An Alumni Chapter (VACA)

Team Members:

Tram Le, M.A. Co-Director/Co-Curator
Linda Trinh Vo, Ph.D., Co-Director/Co-Curator
Justin Sikora, Ph.D. Historic Resource Specialist, OC Parks
Emily McEwen, Ph.D., Historic Resource Specialist, OC Parks
Bradley Flynt, Historic Resource Specialist, OC Parks
James Dinh, M.L.A. & M.P.H., Art & Exhibition Director
Trinh Mai, Visual Arts Designer & Artist-in-Residence
Thuy Vo Dang, Ph.D., Archivist, OC & SEAA
Lucena Lau Valle, M.S., Education & Public Program Specialist
Kasey Ning, Financial Manager
Lisa Le, Community Outreach & Communications Coordinator
Chelsea Trinh, Programs & Social Media Coordinator
Benjamin To, Videographer



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Corporate Sponsor: Wells Fargo and Edison International

UCI Co-Sponsors:
Center for Asian Studies
Cross-Cultural Center

Department of Asian American Studies
Department of History
Humanities Commons
Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative
School of Humanities
Southeast Asian Student Association (SASA)
Southeast Asian Retention through Creating Hxstory (SEARCH)
UCI Libraries Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center
Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors – An Alumni Chapter (VACA)

Community Partners:
Asian American Literary Review
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles
Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Program
Bowers Museum
Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles
Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
Common Ground
Courage to Rebuild
Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network
Horizon Cross Cultural Center
Japanese American National Museum
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics
Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
Project MotiVATe
Shakespeare Orange County (SOC)
South Coast Repertory Theatre
The Artist Odyssey
VA NGO Network
Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA)
Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation
Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce
Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation (VAHF)
Vietnamese In Philanthropy (VIP)
Vietnamese Rainbow of Orange County (VROC)

Support for Viet Stories comes from the Jao Foundation, individual donors, and generous grants from Wells Fargo Foundation and Edison International.

For more information about the exhibition, media interviews, or tours for your group,
please contact Dr. Linda Trinh Vo at voltuci@gmail.com or Tram Le at tramleuci@gmail.com.