Frybread Stories and Diné Oral Histories

Listen to Diné oral histories while learning how to make a traditional recipe of frybread during the OHA Welcome Reception on Wednesday, October 16, 5 PM-7 PM, in Canyon’s Lobby at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel.

Description: Frybread is a mixed symbol of survival, hope, death, and tragedy to Native Americans throughout North America. While learning how to prepare frybread dough with generations of Diné women, we will explore the complicated histories and oral traditions of frybread. We will have the opportunity to hear oral histories of Diné womanhood, family, and community, while enjoying frybread, known as “dah díníilghaazh” in Navajo.

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Napa Valley Museum

Napa Valley Museum launches its fall season of exhibitions on September 2, 2017, with a prestigious touring history exhibit about the Braceros contract worker program from the Smithsonian Institution, an inspiring companion exhibit telling the Napa Valley’s own Bracero story through rare historical and original material developed by Napa Valley College and curator Oscar Aguilar, and a thrilling West Coast premiere of towering paintings by Colorado artist Don Coen celebrating today’s migrant farm workers.

In their History Gallery, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, present: “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964.” This prestigious bilingual history exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution examines the experiences of Bracero workers and their families, providing rich insight into Mexican American history and historical background to today’s debates on guest worker programs. The exhibition combines recent scholarship, powerful photographs from the Smithsonian’s collection, and audio excerpts from oral histories by former contract workers.

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Throwback Thursday

Midge Dellinger takes in the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Heard Museum at the conclusion of the 2017 SOHA Conference.

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After-Lives of War: The Southeast Asian Archive Over 30 Years

Spring 2017 Exhibit Opening


UCI Libraries Spring 2017 Exhibit Opening
After-Lives of War: The Southeast Asian Archive Over 30 Years
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

6:30 – 7:30 PM – Program
Holden Room, Langson LibraryUCI Libraries

  • Keynote presentation by
    Cathy Schlund-Vials, Ph.D., Professor of English
    and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut
  • Followed by a performance from
    praCh, Cambodian-American Musician

7:30 – 8:30 PM – Exhibit Viewing and Reception
Langson Library and the Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive (OC&SEAA) Center, UCI Libraries

Hors d’oeuvres and Hosted Bar. Free and open to the public. Limited seating.

Sponsored by the Partners of the UCI Libraries, UCI Illuminations and the Sawyer Seminars Documenting War. 

This year, the UCI Libraries is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Southeast Asian Archive through a spring quarter exhibit, After-Lives of War: the Southeast Asian Archive over 30 years. The exhibit explores the genres, rhetoric, and real effects of wartime documentation and postwar reflection, as carried out by journalists, soldiers, civilians, and artists in verbal, visual, and mixed media forms.

The Southeast Asian Archive (SEAA) was established in 1987 to document the experiences of refugees and immigrants from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (the countries constituting the former Indochina) who resettled in the United States after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. The SEAA collects, preserves, and provides access to materials related to refugees and immigrants who left their homes as boat people and land refugees, their resettlement in the United States (and to a lesser extent, worldwide), the development and growth of Southeast Asian American communities, and (to a lesser degree) the culture and history of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. A special emphasis is placed on Southeast Asian Americans in Orange County (home to UC Irvine) and the rest of California. The largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam, known as Little Saigon, has developed just ten miles north of the UCI campus, and the largest Cambodian community outside of Cambodia, known as Cambodia Town, is in Long Beach, about 20 miles up the coast. The largest concentration of Hmong community can be found in the California Central Valley and the largest population of Laotians are in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

The 30th anniversary has been celebrated throughout this academic year in partnership with the Department of Asian American Studies’ “Homescapes/Warscapes 25/30” program, as the department has also reached a significant milestone of 25 years. The celebration will culminate in an exhibit titled “After-Lives of War: the Southeast Asian Archive over 30 years,” co-curated by Dr. Thuy Vo Dang, archivist for the SEAA, and Professor of Art History, Dr. Cécile Whiting. Thuy and Cécile have collaborated on integrating Art History undergraduate students into the planning of this exhibit, which will highlight a new collection of refugee artwork from Hong Kong. Their collaboration was sparked by Professor Whiting’s role in co-convening the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Documenting War during the 2016-17 academic year with Professor Carol Burke. 

After-Lives of War: The Southeast Asian Archive Over 30 Years will be on display through October 2017 in the Langson Library Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery and OC&SEAA Center during regular library hours.

Exhibit Curators: Cecile Whiting, Ph.D. and Thuy Vo Dang, Ph.D.  
Exhibit Designers: Jennifer Betonio, Allan Helmick, and Sylvia Irving

Save the Date: Voces de Liberación Exhibit

Opening Reception: April 26, 2017 5:30P.M.

Exhibit Open: April 27, 2017 – June 21, 2017

Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery, Pollak Library

California State University, Fullerton

800 N. State College, Fullerton, CA 92831

For more information, please call 657-278-3580.

Visit the Center for Oral and Public History website for updates.

The Material of Memory: Revisiting Our Histories of Immigration


A University of California, Irvine undergraduate student curated exhibition under the faculty advisement of Dr. Ana Elizabeth Rosas.

Duration: March 17, 2017 – April 7, 2017, Viewpoint Gallery, Student Center

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Departments of Chicano-Latino Studies and History, School of Social Sciences, UCI Special Collections and Archives, Illuminations, Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture & Inclusion.

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Vietnamese American Oral History Project

About Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project

Life Stories of Vietnamese Americans in Southern California


Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project at the University of California, Irvine actively assembles, preserves, and disseminates the life stories of Vietnamese Americans in Southern California. The project contributes to expanding archives on Vietnamese Americans with the primary goal of capturing first-generation stories for students, researchers, and the community. Launched in 2011, VAOHP is housed in the Department of Asian American Studies in the School of Humanities and collaborates with the UCI Libraries Southeast Asian Archive.

There are over 1.8 million Vietnamese Americans in the United States, with the largest concentration of Vietnamese residing in Southern California. Since the 1970s, Vietnamese Americans have dramatically transformed Southern California’s demographics and landscape, and this project aims to represent the diversity of their experiences.

Our objective is to capture the oral histories of first generation Vietnamese Americans who have memories of life in Vietnam, the Vietnam War, and the displacement and resettlement of refugees from Vietnam. Viet Stories plays an instrumental role in documenting their histories and legacies in order to preserve their stories for future generations.

These audio- and/or video-taped life stories include Vietnamese and/or English-language transcripts of the interviews, brief summaries, time logs, and photographs of narrators. Some narrators have also contributed additional materials such as their own photographs and documents to be preserved with their stories. Aligned with the purpose of training future generations of leaders, faculty train UC Irvine students to conduct oral histories in their courses, such as in Linda Trinh Vo’s Research Methodologies/Field Research class and Tram Le’s Vietnamese American Experience class. These comprise a number of the “sub-collections” within Viet Stories.

Dr. Linda Trinh Vo is the Director of Viet Stories and is a Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies. Tram Le is the Associate Director of Viet Stories. Viet Stories Advisory Committee members include Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz, Professor, Department of History and Chair of Chicano/Latino Studies; Dr. James Kyung-Jin Lee, former Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Asian American Studies; Dr. Thuy Vo Dang, Archivist, Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center (OC&SEAA) and Inaugural Viet Stories Project Director (now titled Associate Director); Audra Eagle Yun, the UCI Libraries’ Head of Special Collections; Christina J. Woo, Research Librarian for Chicano/Latino Studies, Linguistics, Women’s Studies, Athletics, and Music; Rina Carvalho, Department Manager, Department of Asian American Studies; and Daniel Do-Khanh, Esq., former President, Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors (VACA)- UCI alumni chapter. Viet Stories is grateful for assistance by multiple staff from the UCI Libraries, including Mark Vega, Programmer; and Sylvia Irving, Graphic Designer.

We wish to thank Michelle Light, formerly UCI Libraries’ Head of Special Collections, for her contributions to the digitalization of the interviews as well as Matthew McKinley, former UCI Libraries Digital Projects Specialist. We also would like to thank Caroline McGuire and Kasey Ning, former Department Managers, Department of Asian American Studies.

Viet Stories also collaborates with individuals and organizations to gather and house previously completed and ongoing oral history projects. Viet Stories is collaborating with the 500 Oral Histories Project by the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation based in Texas by transcribing, translating, and digitizing their Southern California interviews. This partnership will further both our objectives of actively preserving Vietnamese American history.

If you would like to learn how you could volunteer for this project, to recommend an individual whose story should be preserved, or would like to know about how you can collaborate with Viet Stories, please contact Tram Le at Viet Stories is supported by generous donations from individual donors and foundations. We welcome your donations to sustain and expand our collection.

Attend the UCI Spring Exhibit Opening Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Southeast Asian Archive, May 16, 2017.

For more information visit or contact Charla Batey, Communications & Events Officer at cbatey@uci.eduor 949-824-4658.

UCI Libraries Celebrates CA National Parks

Coffee and Conversation with Al Baldwin
Vice Chair, Board of Directors at
the National Park Foundation

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Ayala Science Library, Second Floor
University of California, Irvine

Al Baldwin

Enjoy a special presentation from Al Baldwin about news from the National Park Foundation and the future of our country’s most valuable landscapes alongside the UCI Libraries new exhibit.

Coffee and light appetizers will be served.

Please RSVP by February 21st:

Celebrating the Opening of the UCI Libraries’ Winter Exhibit

Our Majestic Lands: California’s National Parks

On Display through June 2017

Exhibit Curators: Becky Imamoto and Brian Williams

Out of all the states, California has the most national parks with nine in total, each representing an incredible diversity of environments and landscapes that includes both the lowest point in Death Valley,
and the largest elevation in Sequoia and Kings Canyon. While we now find enjoyment from their recreational use in activities ranging from hiking, to bouldering, camping and picnics, the appeal of these landscapes has a long and storied history that is uniquely
bound to the history of California and the establishment of the National Parks. The stories of the people who fought to preserve them for future generations are not without their controversies but the splendor of the parks are unquestionable and their enduring
appeal is a fundamental part of the California experience. This exhibition gives a look at the profound beauty that has inspired countless adventures into the National Parks of California to witness the awe of nature for themselves.

Visit UCI Libraries website for more details.

Taking a Stand: Legacies of Latina Activism in Southern California

taking+a+stand+flyerCalifornia State University in collaboration with the Heritage Museum of Orange County Presents:   Opening May 17, 2016

Exhibition: Taking a Stand: Legacies of Latina Activism in Southern California

Venue: Heritage Museum

Location: 3101 W. Harvard Street, Santa Ana California 92704

Dates: May 17 – July 31, 2016

Opening Event: May 17 at 5:30 pm

California State University Fullerton in collaboration with the Heritage Museum of Orange County presents Taking a Stand: Legacies of Latina Activism in Southern California.  This exhibit at the Heritage Museum in Santa Ana focuses on the legacies of four Latina women active in politics from the late nineteenth century through the mid twentieth century.  The partnership between the Heritage Museum and CSUF developed to give CSUF history students experience working directly in the field and giving the local community access to stories relevant to their local history.  This exhibit will be launched at the Heritage Museum on Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm.

Taking a Stand: Legacies of Latina Activism in Southern California focuses on four influential women: Modesta Avila, Emiliia Castaneda, Luisa Moreno and Ana Nieto Gomez.  Each of these four Latina women challenged the standards of their time in order to be heard and make changes for their greater community.  Modesta Avila, living in Orange County, fought for her property rights in the aftermath of the US-Mexican War. Emilia Castaneda fought on behalf of all those that had been unconstitutionally deported back to Mexico.  Louisa Moreno and Ana Nieta Gomez were both influential in political organizations using their voice to further rights for Latina women.  This exhibit is led by Dr. Margie Brown Coronel and her class HIST 492 “Practicum in Public History”.  Dr. Brown Coronel’s personal research focuses on Latina History and is the advisor for the Public History program at CSUF.

The opening event for Taking a Stand: Legacies of Latina Activism in Southern California begins at 5:30 pm on May 17, 2016.  The opening event will include guest appearances by Emilia Castaneda, one of the women in the exhibit, and well known Latina Historian Vicki Ruiz.  Light refreshments will be provided by the Heritage Museum.

The Heritage Museum of Orange County is dedicated to the preserving, promoting, and restoring the heritage of Orange County through hands on education.  CSUF Center for Oral and Public History seeks to combine the strengths of oral history and public history in order to build better connections between Cal State Fullerton and thelocal, national, and global communities.