Exhibition @ Nixon Museum

VIET STORIES: Recollections & Regenerations

An art, history, and oral history exhibition featuring 17 artists and over 100 historical artifacts 

FEBRUARY 17, 2018 to MAY 28, 2018


RSVPs for the VIET STORIES Exhibition Opening Ceremony program from 1:00-2:00 on Feb 24 has been filled. However, you DO NOT need an RSVP to see the exhibition itself. The gallery is FREE to the public that day and is open from 10:00-5:00. Please come to join us in celebrating our histories!

RSVP REQUIRED for FREE Opening Ceremony Program & Refreshments (Feb 24, 1-2pm).

NO RSVP required for exhibition viewing from 10-5pm on 2/24.

Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History project at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to announce the opening of VIET STORIES: Recollections and Regenerations, an art, history, and oral history exhibition in the Rose Hills Foundation Gallery at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California from February 17, 2018 to May 28, 2018.

VIET STORIES remembers the past and captures the diversity and transformation of the contemporary Vietnamese American community. It incorporates the history of refugees and immigrants from Vietnam over the last 40+ years through historical photographs, documents, artifacts, oral history interviews, and original artwork by prominent Vietnamese American artists. 

Vietnamese Americans have lived in extraordinary times, surviving war, displacement, and resettlement. VIET STORIES: Recollections & Regenerations remembers the past and captures the contemporary transformation of Vietnamese communities in the U.S. Since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, significant numbers of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants have arrived in this country, numbering almost two million, the largest outside of Vietnam.

Many Vietnamese Americans were forced to destroy their family documents, photographs, and mementos in order to survive, while others lost these materials during the chaos of war and evacuation. The rare artifacts and photographs along with the narratives on display illustrate that there is no singular Vietnamese American experience. The collection of original artwork showcases artists of different generations using various genres to express the range of identities and journeys. As you engage and interact with the art, oral histories, and histories on display, we hope you will gain a more in-depth understanding of America’s diversity.

Highlighted artists include: Ann Phong, Be Ky, Binh Danh, Chau Thuy, Dinh Q. Le, Ho Thanh Duc, Howard Hao Vy Tran, Hung Viet Nguyen, Long Nguyen, Nguyen Dong, Nguyen Khai, Nguyen Ly, Nguyen Thi Hop, N Tuan, Tiffany Le, and Thuy Linh Bennet Kang, Vi Ly. Also featured are fashion designers: Bao Tranchi, Taryn Rose, and Thai Nguyen as well as jewelry artist Chi Huynh.

This exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Linda Trinh Vo, Director of Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project and Professor at UC Irvine, and Tram Le, External Consultant, and Arts & Culture Specialist for the City of Santa Ana.

Free education group tours for educators and students are available by registering online (specify “VIET STORIES Exhibition” in “Remarks” section of form).

The general public is invited to free public events in support of the exhibition:

  • Exhibition Opening Day Ceremony (Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10:00am-5:00pm with a special program in Theater 37 from 1:00pm-2:00pm)
  • Film Screening of Journey from the Fall followed by Q&A panel with cast & crew in Theater 37  (March 2018)
  • Art + Food event with exhibition artists and culinary surprises (May 2018)  

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The VIET STORIES exhibition is free and open to the public only on the 3 event days; however, paid admission is required to visit the permanent museum galleries.

The museum, which is part of the National Archives and Records, is located at 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886. Museum Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm & Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm. Paid admission fees to visit the permanent museum galleries will also allow you entrance to the VIET STORIES exhibition. Parking at the Nixon Museum is free. For admission & directions: www.nixonlibrary.gov or call (714) 983-9120.

This exhibition is a partnership between Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project at the University of California, Irvine and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum.

Team Members:

Exhibition Team:
Linda Trinh Vo, Ph.D., Co-Curator
Tram Le, M.A., Co-Curator
James Dinh, M.L.A, M.P.H., Art & Exhibition Designer

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum Team:
Michael D. Ellzey, Director
Olivia S. Anastasiadis, Supervisory Museum Curator
Cliff Wallace, Education and Public Programs Officer
Christine Mickey, Collections Manager
Meghan Lee-Parker, Archivist
Erik Christman, Exhibits Specialist
Craig A. Ellefson, Education Technician
Penelope Yocum, Museum Technician
Feliz Padilla, Museum Technician

Presented in part by Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project sponsors:

University of California, Irvine: Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative,  School of Humanities, Humanities Commons, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of Art History, Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center; University of California Humanities Research Institute; Jao Foundation; Wells Fargo Foundation; Edison International;
OC Parks; Advance Beauty College, and Monarch 9 Cafe.

Presented in part by Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum sponsors:

Lawrence F. O’Brien Family, Pritzker Military Museum & Library,
AARP, and the National Archives Foundation.