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Guide to the Radio Free Asia Vietnamese Broadcasts
MS-SEA005  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Researchers
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Radio Free Asia Vietnamese broadcasts
    Date: 1997-2002
    Collection Number: MS-SEA005
    Creator: Radio Free Asia
    Extent: 137.4 linear feet (189 boxes)
    Languages: The collection is in English and Vietnamese
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: The collection is comprised of broadcast transcripts and audio recordings of the Radio Free Asia (RFA) Vietnamese radio programs for the years 1997-2002 (later years are retained by RFA). The broadcast transcripts include a morning and evening broadcast for each day, and are accompanied by audio cassette recordings for most of the transcripts. The radio programs include news articles of events occurring that day, as well as commentary on world events. The recordings are in Vietnamese, while the transcripts are in Vietnamese and/or English.

    Important Information for Researchers

    Access

    The collection is open for research. Original sound recordings may not be used. Researchers must request that duplicate use copies be made for access.

    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

    Radio Free Asia Vietnamese Broadcasts. MS-SEA005. 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 Nguyen Ngoc Bich, Director of Radio Free Asia, 1997-2002.

    Processing History

    Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2004. Translation services provided by Thu Huyen, 2004. Processing was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant.

    Historical Background

    Radio Free Asia (RFA), a private, non-profit corporation, aired its first broadcast in Mandarin to China on September 29, 1996. Its first Vietnamese broadcast aired on February 5, 1997. Located in Washington D.C., the organization was founded to broadcast news and information from an American viewpoint to Asian countries where full and accurate news reports were not available. Besides its news broadcasts, RFA is also a "university of the air," meaning that it broadcasts works of fiction and nonfiction that would be censored in RFA's target countries. The organization is funded by grants from the United States Congress, and it is journalistically independent. The autonomy of RFA is vital to providing objective domestic news and information.
    Daily broadcasts include reports from correspondents throughout Asia. RFA broadcasts are in the local languages and dialects of each of its target countries, including Vietnamese, Lao, Mandarin, Cantonese, Cambodian, and Korean. The broadcasts serve as the free press lacking in the countries, and the news and commentary is specific to each of the target areas. Since the beginning, RFA has also provided its listeners with opportunities to call in to the broadcast and voice their opinions. Six call-in programs are done daily where listeners can dial a toll free number and speak directly with a broadcast host.
    Each of the 105 RFA broadcasters are able to record and edit their own programs simultaneously using the organization's studio system and digital audio storage. All of the broadcasts originate from the central Washington D.C. office. In addition to its headquarters in Washington D.C., RFA also has bureaus in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, and Phnom Penh. Smaller offices are located in Ankara, Kathmandu, Seoul, and Dharamsala, India. The organization also publishes a monthly digest of top news and features from its main language services.
    For further information on RFA, see the organization's website .

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The collection is comprised of broadcast transcripts and audio recordings of the Radio Free Asia (RFA) Vietnamese radio programs for the years 1997-2002 (later years are retained by RFA). The broadcast transcripts include a morning and evening broadcast for each day, and are accompanied by audio cassette recordings for most of the transcripts. The radio programs include news articles of events occurring that day, as well as commentary on world events. The recordings are in Vietnamese, while the transcripts are in Vietnamese and or English

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in 2 series.
    • Series 1. Broadcast transcripts, 1997-2002. 103 linear feet
    • Series 2. Broadcast recordings, 1997-2002. 34.4 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

    Radio Free Asia--Archives.
    Radio broadcasting--Washington (D.C.)--Archives.
    Radio broadcasting--Asia--Archives.

    Genres and Formats of Materials

    Audiocassettes--20th century.
    Audiocassettes--21st century.
    Sound recordings--20th century.
    Sound recordings--21st century.
    Broadcasts--20th century.
    Broadcasts--21st century.
    Transcripts--20th century.
    Transcripts--21st century.

    Titles

    Southeast Asian Archive.