Guide to the James Freeman Files

Processed by Julia Stringfellow; machine-readable finding aid created by Audrey Pearson
Special Collections and Archives
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California 92623-9557
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Email: spcoll@uci.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: James Freeman files
Date: 1978-2003
Collection Number: MS-SEA033
Creator: Freeman, James
Extent: 3.2 linear feet (6 boxes)
Languages: The collection is in English and Vietnamese.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection is comprised of materials collected by James Freeman, a professor of anthropology at San Jose State University. Correspondence and reports of organizations and individuals involved in refugee issues and reports from refugee camps are included, as are handwritten notes and cassette tapes of interviews with Vietnamese Americans who settled in the United States after the Vietnam War that were conducted for Freeman's book Hearts of sorrow: Vietnamese-American lives.

Important Information for Researchers

Access

The collection is open for research. Interview tapes and transcripts are restricted until 2039-01-01. Restrictions are noted at the file level.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Southeast Asian Archive Librarian.

Preferred Citation

James Freeman files. MS-SEA033. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of James Freeman, 2004.

Processing History

Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2005. Processing was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant.

Historical Background

James M. Freeman is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Northwestern University in 1958, a Master of Arts in Social Relations from Harvard University in 1964, and a PhD in Social Relations from Harvard University in 1968. His area of research since 1992 has included work, identity, and community in high-tech regions, involving in depth interviews in high-tech companies on the connections between work, family, and cultural identity. He has also collected the life stories of people living in India, of Vietnamese refugees, and of the people in the Silicon Valley Cultures Project over the past 25 years. Freeman hoped to capture the spirit of these people through their narratives and to convey this to a wide reading public, such as through the publication of his book Hearts of sorrow: Vietnamese-American lives in 1989.
For further information on James Freeman, see The Silicon Valley Cultures Project Website .

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection is comprised of materials collected by James Freeman, a professor of anthropology at San Jose State University. Correspondence and reports of organizations and individuals involved in refugee issues and reports from refugee camps are included, as are handwritten notes and cassette tapes of interviews with Vietnamese Americans who settled in the United States after the Vietnam War that were conducted for Freeman's book Hearts of sorrow: Vietnamese-American lives.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 2 series.
  • Series 1. Topical files, 1978-2003. 1.4 linear feet
  • Series 2. Interview notes and audio cassette recordings, 1983-1999. 1.8 linear feet

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Freeman, James M., 1936- -- Archives.
Refugees -- United States -- Archives.
Refugees -- Vietnam -- Archives.
Refugees -- Services for -- United States -- Archives.
Vietnamese Americans -- Archives.
Vietnamese Americans -- Interviews.

Genres and Formats of Materials

Letters -- 20th century.
Reports -- 20th century.
Sound recordings -- 20th century.
Audiocassettes -- 20th century.
Interviews -- 20th century.

Titles

Southeast Asian Archive.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  Topical files 1978-2003

Physical Description: 1.4 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

This series is comprised of items regarding Southeast Asian refugee issues. Materials include reports from refugee camps, organizational reports and correspondence, and publications of individuals.

Arrangement

The series is arranged topically.
Box : Folder 1 : 1-2

Aid to Refugee Children Without Parents, correspondence and organizational materials 1982-1999

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box : Folder 1 : 3

Cards and invitations 1997

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees publications 1991-1994

Box : Folder 1 : 5

Committee for Coordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand (CSDPT), Handbook, Refugee Services in Thailand 1982

Box : Folder 1 : 6

Congressional Research Service (CRS) brief, "Refugee Admissions and Resettlement Policy" 1993

Box : Folder 1 : 7

Dong Rek articles, sources for articles, correspondence and notes 1988-1994

Box : Folder 1 : 8-9

Freeman, James, and Nguyen, Huu Dinh, publications 1985-1998

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box : Folder 1 : 10

Friends of Hue Foundation, newsletters and organizational materials 2000-2003

Box : Folder 1 : 11

Hong Kong refugee camps, correspondence and reports 1989-1996

Box : Folder 1 : 12

Indonesia refugee camps, reports and correspondence 1991-1993

Box : Folder 1 : 13

International Conference on Indo-Chinese Refugees materials 1991-1997

Box : Folder 1 : 14

International Forum on the Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA), program materials 1989-1992

Box : Folder 1 : 15

International Social Service Hong Kong Branch, reports and newsletters 1992-1997

Box : Folder 1 : 16

Laos and Thailand refugee camps, reports 1989-1999

Box : Folder 1 : 17

Malaysia refugee camps, correspondence and reports 1991-1999

Box : Folder 1 : 18-20

Newspaper clippings 1982-2000

Physical Description: 3 folders.
Box : Folder 1 : 21

Hieu, Nguyen, correspondence 1982-1984

Box : Folder 1 : 22

Non-governmental organizations (NGO), correspondence and organizational materials 1991-1999

Box : Folder 1 : 23

Nordic Assistance to Repatriated Vietnamese (NARV), correspondence and organizational materials 1991-1994

Box : Folder 1 : 24-25

Palawan, Philippines, refugee camps, correspondence and reports 1991-1999

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box : Folder 1 : 26-27

Refugee Concern Hong Kong, correspondence and reports 1991-1996

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box : Folder 2 : 1

Strauch, Judith, "The Chinese Exodus from Vietnam: Implications for the Southeast Asian Chinese" 1980

Box : Folder 2 : 2-4

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Box : Folder 2 : 2

Convention on the Rights of the Child materials 1989-1993

Box : Folder 2 : 3-4

Reports and program materials 1985-1995

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box : Folder 2 : 5

United States State Department materials 1991

Box : Folder 2 : 6

Vietnamese refugees, reports and publications 1978-2000

Box : Folder 2 : 7

Vietnamese refugees living in Japan, reports 1990

Box : Folder 2 : 8

Vietnamese refugees living in the United States, reports 1978-1993

Box : Folder 2 : 9

Zulfacar, Diane, "Surviving Without Parents: Indo-Chinese Refugee Minors in New South Wales (NSW)" 1984

 

Series 2.  Interview notes and audio cassette recordings 1983-1999

Physical Description: 1.6 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

This series is comprised of handwritten interview notes and interview transcripts from interviews James Freeman conducted with Vietnamese refugees for his book, Hearts of sorrow : Vietnamese-American lives. Audio cassette tapes are also included that contain the interviews.

Access Information

Access to this entire series, which contains information concerning the personal situation of Vietnamese refugees in the refugee camps, is restricted until 2039-01-01.