Archival collections are put to use in a variety of intellectual and creative ways, and we’re on a mission to share them with you! A few weeks ago, UCI undergraduate students Andy Le and Joey Vongpanya visited Special Collections and Archives to film an assortment of materials from our Southeast Asian Archive (SEAA) collections. They incorporated the visual and contextual richness of SEAA into the YouTube video Where I’m From by SEARCH, a project completed for an Asian American Studies course. According to the film’s creators, “”Where I’m From” is a collaborative spoken word project that highlights the Southeast Asian American experience. The video explores the Southeast Asian Archives, to begin the process of decolonizing the mind. A person with a decolonized mind accepts their past refugee and immigrant experience, love their present and creates their future. The storytellers challenge you to redefine and reclaim “hxstory” that is lost in educational spaces. Open a book, decolonize your mind.”
A sampling of collection items used in the video — paintings from the Project Ngoc records (MS-SEA016) — can be seen below:
Many additional digital resources can be found through SEAAdoc, an educational resource documenting the Southeast Asian American Experience.
SEARCH is an acronym for Southeast Asian Retention Through Creating Hxstory, a UCI student-initiated program dedicated to the educational, cultural, and community needs of Southeast Asian students on campus. Check out their blog and Facebook page to learn about the great work they’re doing!