ORAL HISTORIES PROJECT
The oral histories were conducted by volunteers and coordinated by The Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation with funding from the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Association. Interviewers collected over 350 oral histories across the United States, France and Guam, including key figures known in the broader diasporic community. Interviewees included individuals of various ages and diverse regional origins, social backgrounds, and work histories including farmers, fisherfolk, writers, doctors, journalists, soldiers, teachers, and officials. These narrated life stories that document their war, refugee camp, and resettlement experiences provide a treasure trove of information for historians, social scientists, and students who are interested in these historical events of global importance.
Associated public exhibits, events and academic conferences were developed in collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin Center for Asian American Studies and The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Austin History Center, Rice University, The University of California at Irvine, The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University and regional Vietnamese grassroots organizations and individuals.
DIGITAL EXHIBITS AND OTHER RESOURCES
The site has been expanded by Linda Ho Peche to include new resources and interpretive digital exhibits thanks to the support and training by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Digital Research in the Humanities "New Storytellers: The Research Institute in Digital Ethnic Studies".
The academic resource and exhibits sections of this website are in development (pending funding from the NEH) in collaboration with the University of Oregon U.S. Vietnam Research Center/Global Studies Institute, the University of California Irvine Southeast Asian Archive, and The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.
Additionally, (pending funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) this site will add new archival materials from the Immigrant Resettlement & Cultural Center/Viet Museum, based in Santa Clara County. These include a selection from thousands of historical records and artifacts pertaining to the experiences of Vietnamese refugees including documents, books, articles, photographs, paintings, newspaper clippings, recorded interviews, and unique personal items. In total, there is an estimated 1,000 hours of audiovisual materials; 1,500 hours of audio recordings; over 2,000 artifacts (including military uniforms, medals, misc.); over 300 artworks (including painting, handmade items, bronze cast statues); over 50,000 pages of refugee resettlement records; and 200 unique personal items from reeducation camps.