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Guide to the Kim Hà Papers MS.SEA.003
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary

  • Title: Kim Hà papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.SEA.003
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Language of Material: Vietnamese
    Physical Description: 0.8 Linear feet (3 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1983-1999
    Abstract: Collection comprises the holograph manuscript of Qua Con Bao Du (English translation published as Stormy Escape) by Kim Hà, correspondence and newspaper articles relating to the book, other articles written by Hà and others on the subject of Vietnamese land refugees, audio recordings of her interviews with eight Vietnamese land refugees, and monographs geared towards Vietnamese Catholics who want to live devout lives. Materials are in Vietnamese and English.
    Creator: Kim Hà, 1950-

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Access to original audio cassettes is restricted; copies are made for researcher use.

    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

    Kim Hà Papers. MS-SEA003. Southeast Asian Archive, 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

    Donated by Kim Hà in 1987 and 1992. Correspondence added by Anne Frank.

    Processing History

    Preliminary processing by Anne Frank in 1992. Processing completed by Howie Phan in 2000. Guide edited by William Landis in 2001. Addition processed by Zoe MacLeod and Audra Eagle Yun in 2012.

    Biography

    Kim Hà is the pen name of Pham Thi Kim Nhung, who was born in 1950 in Hai Duong, North Vietnam. In 1955 she moved with her family to Saigon, South Vietnam. She was a student at the University of Saigon, where she completed a degree in Education in 1973, and at the National University of Social Work, where she completed a degree in 1975. Following the fall of Saigon in April 1975, Hà and her family made several unsuccessful attempts after 1975 to escape by boat to the United States, resulting in the jailing of her husband in Vietnam and the loss of her job as a teacher.
    In 1980, with her husband and three children, Hà made another attempt to escape from Vietnam on foot through Cambodia. After a harrowing two-week trek they arrived at a refugee camp in Thailand on 10 April 1980. The family came to the United States in October 1980 and has lived in Orange County, California. Hà earned an associates degree in Business Administration from Coastline College in 1983. As of 2001 she works for State Compensation Insurance Fund and is a community activist. Her publications include Report on the Vietnamese Land Refugees (SOS Boat Committee, 1983) and Qua Con Bao Du (English translation published as Stormy Escape) (McFarland Publishers, 1996).

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    Collection comprises the holograph manuscript of Qua Con Bao Du (English translation published as Stormy Escape) by Kim Hà, correspondence and newspaper articles relating to the book, other articles written by Hà and others on the subject of Vietnamese land refugees, audio recordings of her interviews with eight Vietnamese land refugees, and monographs geared towards Vietnamese Catholics who want to live devout lives. Materials are in Vietnamese and English.
    The collection is arranged alphabetically by form of material.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Kim Hà, 1950- -- Archives.
    Kim Hà, 1950-. Qua con bao du : hoi ky vuot bien bang duong bo.
    Photographic prints.
    Political refugees -- Vietnam -- Archives
    Political refugees -- Vietnam -- Interviews.
    Refugee camps -- Thailand -- History -- Sources
    Sound recordings.
    Vietnam -- Politics and government -- 1975- -- History -- Sources
    Vietnamese American women -- California -- Orange County.
    Vietnamese Americans -- California -- Orange County -- History -- Sources