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Guide to the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center Records
MS-SEA004  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Southeast Asia Resource Action Center records,
    Date (inclusive): 1975-2003
    Collection number: MS-SEA004
    Creator: Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
    Extent: 21.2 linear feet 25 boxes and 1 oversized folder 21 digitized images
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library.Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection consists of the organizational files of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), a national organization created to further the development of nonprofit organizations led by and for Southeast Asians, and to aid in the adjustment of Southeast Asian refugees to American society. Documents related to organizations that have collaborated with SEARAC are also included. The collection includes correspondence among the organizations and from refugees, meeting minutes, memoranda, reports, newspaper clippings, and conference materials.
    Language: English.
    Selected digitized images from this collection.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    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 Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Southeast Asia Resource Action Center records. MS-SEA004. 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 Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, 2002-2003.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2003. Translation services provided by Quan Tran, 2003. Processing was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant.

    Organizational History

    The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) was founded in 1979 as a national organization whose purpose was to further the development of nonprofit organizations led by and for Southeast Asians, and to aid in the relocation of Southeast Asian refugees into American society. Initially formed as the Indochina Resource Action Center (IRAC), SEARAC's principal mission has evolved to increase awareness of issues relating to of Southeast Asian Americans and promote community empowerment and leadership development.
    SEARAC has a long history of conference planning and management. The strengthening of social services, such as health care and education, for the Southeast Asian American community, is an important goal. The organization strives to increase the level of Southeast Asian participation in government, and in the offices of private and independent organizations. The visibility of Southeast Asians' contributions to the United States is an ongoing priority for SEARAC.
    SEARAC's accomplishments include the organization of the Thank You, America gala in 1998 that was attended by more than 400 supporters and friends. The event honored IRAC/ SEARAC's 19 years of accomplishments and the leadership of its founding director, Le Xuan Khoa. The publication of the first national directory of mutual assistance associations describes the organizations with which SEARAC collaborations were accomplished. The creation of coalitions with a wide range of national leaders from refugee and immigrant advocates to civil right organizations has also contributed to SEARAC's achievements.
    For further information on SEARAC, see the organization's website http://www.searac.org.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of the organizational files of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), a national organization created to further the development of nonprofit organizations led by and for Southeast Asians, and to aid in the adjustment of Southeast Asian refugees to American society. Documents related to organizations that have collaborated with SEARAC are also included. The collection includes correspondence among the organizations and from refugees, meeting minutes, memoranda, reports, newspaper clippings, and conference materials.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Indochina Resource Action Center--Archives.
    Southeast Asia Resource Action Center-- Archives.
    Refugees--Southeast Asia--Archives.
    Refugees--United States--Archives.
    Refugees--Services for--United States.
    Southeast Asians--United States--Archives.
    Southeast Asians--United States--Societies, etc.--Archives.
    Southeast Asian Americans--Archives.
    Southeast Asian Americans--Societies, etc.--Archives.
    Southeast Asian Americans--Political activity--Archives.
    Nonprofit organizations--United States--Archives.
    Community organization--United States--Archives.
    Southeast Asia--Emigration and immigration--Archives.
    United States--Emigration and immigration--Archives.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Documents.
    Clippings--United States--20th century.
    Letters--20th century.
    Ephemera.
    Sound recordings.
    Video recordings.
    Photographic prints.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Southeast Asian Archive.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in four series.
    • Series 1. Southeast Asia Resource Action Center organizational files, 1978-2000. 3 linear ft.
    • Series 2. Subject files concerning refugee issues, 1975-2003. 7 linear ft.
    • Series 3. Refugee files, 1975-1997. 3 linear ft.
    • Series 4. Newspaper clippings, 1979-2000. 2.8 linear ft.

    Related Material

    The following Special Collections and Archives collections contain materials directly related to SEARAC:
    • Gayle Morrison Files on Southeast Asian Refugees. MS-SEA014.
    • Project Ngoc Records. MS-SEA016.
    • Thomas Joel Wilson Papers. MS-SEA023.
    • Paul Tran Files on Southeast Asian Refugees. MS-SEA002.
    • Southeast Asian Archive Vertical File Collection. MS-SEA020.