This collection comprises approximately 3,000 photographs and slides taken by Mitchell Bonner between 1975 and 2001, as well
as printed ephemera collected by him through 2012. The images document Iu Mien, Lao, Khmer, Vietnamese, and Cambodian community
social and cultural events throughout Northern California, primarily the San Francisco Bay area. The emphasis is on Laotian
American communities. The ephemera includes programs, posters and flyers from cultural, religious, and popular culture events,
refugee publications, pamphlets and brochures from refugee assistance agencies, and other materials related to social services,
education, and refugees. The collection also includes a small amount of material documenting other Asian American communities
in California, including Burmese, Thai, Filipino, and Tibetan.
Mitchell I. Bonner has been active in the San Francisco Bay area's Southeast Asian American communities since 1975, when the
first Lao and Hmong refugees moved to the area. Over the years Bonner has documented both daily life and special community
events, through photographing private and public activities in the Southeast Asian community. His photographs include images
dating from a 1975 Christmas party for Vietnamese refugees at San Francisco's International Student Center, to a 2000 Laos
New Year's celebration in Richmond, California.
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.