Guide to the Saint Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center Records

Processed by Julia Stringfellow; machine-readable finding aid created by Audrey Pearson
Special Collections and Archives
The UCI Libraries
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University of California, Irvine
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Saint Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center records
Date: 1986-2002
Collection Number: MS-SEA027
Creator: Daniels, Peter
Extent: 1 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversized folder)
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 ephemera, correspondence, reports, and newspaper clippings that document the history of Saint Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center, located in Garden Grove, California. St. Anselm's provides services to Amerasians and other Southeast Asian American communities in Orange County. The materials document the different types of services provided to Amerasians, including employment, education, and medical care. Materials related to organizations that work with St. Anselm's are also included.

Important Information for Researchers

Access

The collection is open for research. Access to files covered by California personnel records legislation is restricted for 50 years from the latest date of the materials in those files. 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

Saint Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center records. MS-SEA027. 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 Peter Daniels, Amerasian Coordinator for Saint Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center, 2003.

Processing History

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

Historical Background

Saint Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center, located in Garden Grove, California, was created in 1976 as St. Anselm's Immigrant and Refugee Community Center. The organization was formed to provide English classes and other services to Vietnamese refugees who arrived at Camp Pendleton. The services include assistance with housing, legal problems, physical and mental health, disabilities, employment, family problems, and community education. Other services include mentoring, health education and advocacy, women's issues, services for the elderly, and searches for lost or estranged fathers. The organization serves as an open door for information and assistance. St. Anselm's hosts fundraising dinners, art exhibits, and silent auctions to generate funds to keep their program going.
St. Anselm's was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1980 and expanded its programs to accommodate new waves of Southeast Asian refugees, boat people, political prisoners from Vietnam, and Amerasians. St. Anselm's changed its name in 1993 to St. Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center to reflect the broadening of its services to a more diverse clientele and the addition of new services including citizenship classes.
The Amerasian program at St. Anselm's was one of sixty programs established by the 1987 American Homecoming Act to provide services for children who were born to American fathers and Vietnamese mothers during the Vietnam War. The Amerasians faced many challenges growing up, including being fatherless in a patrilineal society and being victims of cultural shame and extreme social harassment. Most were denied education and a sense of identity and self-esteem. St. Anselm's Amerasian program was one of the largest programs with a staff of seven to serve about 2, 000 Amerasians. The program offered by St. Anselm's attempts to reduce these deficits with a holistic approach to services.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection is comprised of ephemera, correspondence, reports, and newspaper clippings that document the history of Saint Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center, located in Garden Grove, California. St. Anselm's provides services to Amerasians and other Southeast Asian American communities in Orange County. The materials document the different types of services provided to Amerasians, including employment, education, and medical care. Materials related to organizations that work with St. Anselm's are also included.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Saint Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center (Garden Grove, Calif.) -- Archives.
Vietnamese Americans -- California -- Garden Grove -- Archives.
Vietnamese Americans -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.
Vietnamese Americans -- Services for -- California -- Garden Grove -- Archives.
Refugees -- Vietnam -- Archives.
Refugees -- California -- Garden Grove -- Archives.
Refugees -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.
Refugees -- Services for -- California -- Garden Grove -- Archives.
Amerasians -- California -- Garden Grove -- Archives.
Amerasians -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.
Amerasians -- Services for -- California -- Garden Grove -- Archives.

Genres and Formats of Materials

Clippings -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century.
Letters -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century.
Ephemera -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century.
Reports -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century.

Titles

Saint Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center (Garden Grove, Calif.).
Online Archive of California.
Southeast Asian Archive.


Collection Contents

Box : Folder 1 : 1

Academic English as a Second Language (AESL) program, class schedule and student attendance statistics 1991

Box : Folder 1 : 2-15

Amerasians

Box : Folder 1 : 2

Amerasian mentor program, participants lists and project materials 1990-1993

Box : Folder 1 : 3

Amerasian News newsletter 1990-1994

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Amerasian Resettlement Cluster Site Directory 1993

Box : Folder 1 : 5-6

Amerasian resettlement conference proceedings 1991-1992

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box : Folder 1 : 7

Amerasian services, correspondence, ephemera, and job descriptions 1992-1995

Box : Folder 1 : 8

Amerasians' Special Needs Report 1989

Box : Folder 1 : 9

Cross cultural information on how to better understand Amerasians 1989-1995

Box : Folder 1 : 19

Daily log regarding activities of St. Anselm's 1992-1993

Box : Folder 1 : 10

Fundraising dinner for Amerasians, correspondence and program materials 1994-1995

Box : Folder 1 : 21

Funding services lists 1994

Box : Folder 1 : 22

High Hopes Project, program materials 1993

Box : Folder 1 : 27-28

Memos and announcements 1990-1997

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box : Folder 1 : 33

Orientation class materials 1993

Box : Folder 1 : 34-35

Photographs, St. Anselm's activities 1992-1994

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box : Folder 1 : 37

Questionnaires 1991

Box : Folder 1 ; 11

Reports on issues 1986-1989

Box : Folder 1 : 12

Research proposals 1991-1993

Box : Folder 1 : 41

Student Literacy Corps, correspondence and meeting materials 1993-1994

Box : Folder 1 : 42

Syracuse Secondary Resettlement Program, application materials 1992

Box : Folder 1 : 43

Talent show, correspondence and program materials 1993-1994

Box : Folder 1 : 44

United States General Accounting Office, correspondence and reports 1992-1994

Box : Folder AV-10 : MS-SEA027-V01- AV-10 : MS-SEA027-V03

VHS videocassette tapes

Box : Folder AV-10 : MS-SEA027-V01

Amerasian fundraiser 1995

Box : Folder AV-10 : MS-SEA027-V02

Gold Children, Channel 9 news story 1995

Box : Folder AV-10 : MS-SEA027-V03

Vietnam: why the silence?, tape produced by World Vision circa 1990-1995

Box : Folder 568-H-1

Volunteer applications 1990-1993

Access Information

Access to materials in this file is restricted until 2043-01-01.
Box : Folder 1 : 13

Volunteer lists 1994

Box : Folder 1 : 14

Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), correspondence and project materials 1993-1994

Box : Folder 1 : 15

Williams, Anh Thu, correspondence and employment materials 1989-1994

Box : Folder 1 : 45

Women of Vision, correspondence and program materials 1993-1995

Box : Folder 1 : 16

Women's support group materials 1994

Box : Folder FB-54 : 5

Calendars of events 1993

Box : Folder 1 : 17

Client Voluntary Agency, attendance numbers 1991-1994

Box : Folder 1 : 20

Daniels, Peter, notes, correspondence, and ephemera 2001-2002

Box : Folder 1 : 23

International Rescue Committee materials 1993

Box : Folder 1 : 24

Kidreach Tutorial Program, correspondence and program materials 1996

Box : Folder 1 : 25

Law Enforcement/Asian Advisory Committee of Orange County (LEAAC), meeting materials 1992-1993

Box : Folder 1 : 26

Linkages committee meetings materials 1992-1996

Box : Folder 1 : 29

Mental health issues, reports and ephemera 1986-1995

Box : Folder 1 : 30

Models of Unity awards ceremony, program materials 1994

Box : Folder 1 : 31-32

Newspaper clippings 1988-1995

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box : Folder 1 : 36

Presidential election information 1996

Box : Folder 1 : 38

Refugee Forum of Orange County, correspondence, meeting agendas, and organizational materials 1993-1994

Box : Folder 1 : 39

Refugee statistics 1992-1993

Box : Folder 1 : 40

Student information 1989-1990