The vertical file is an eclectic accumulation of thousands of
miscellaneous items that document the life of Southeast Asian American communities.
Here can be found information on a wide range of topics such as cultural events,
pertinent issues of the day, organizations and businesses, student activities, local
politics, health concerns, and family relations. Types of material include newspaper
clippings, magazine and journal articles, unpublished student and conference papers,
ephemeral items such as brochures, posters, flyers, event programs, and periodicals
in English and Southeast Asian languages. California sources are best represented in
the clippings file, but newspaper articles from other parts of the United States are
included, as well as limited items from international papers.
The Southeast Asian Archive of the University of California, Irvine Libraries was
established in 1987 with the primary purpose of documenting the new Southeast Asian
population in Orange County. After the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, California
became home to over 400,000 refugees and immigrants from the former Indochina:
Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. By the 1980s Orange County was the site of the largest
Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam, as well as the residence of approximately
10,000 Hmong refugees from Laos. (Most of Orange County's Hmong population have
since migrated to other parts of California and the U.S.)
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.