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Guide to the Paul Tran Files on Southeast Asian Refugees
MS-SEA002  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Paul Tran files on Southeast Asian refugees,
    Date (inclusive): 1975-2001
    Collection number: MS-SEA002
    Collector: Tran, Paul
    Extent: 24.6 linear feet 29 boxes and 17 oversize folders 45 digitized images
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library.Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, audiovisual materials, publications of organizations, artifacts, artwork, and other documents related to Southeast Asian refugees. Materials from the refugee camps convey the struggles and issues faced by the refugees. Organizational materials focus on anti-Communist activities and the resettlement of refugees in the United States. All of the correspondence from refugee camps in Hong Kong, most of the audiovisual materials, and many of the publications are in Vietnamese.
    Language: Vietnamese English
    Selected digitized images from this collection.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    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 Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Paul Tran files on Southeast Asian refugees. MS-SEA002. 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 Paul Tran, 1993-1995.

    Processing Information

    Preliminary processing by Tung Cao, who provided brief summaries in English on a number of folders. Processed by Howie Phan in 2000. Guide edited by Lynette Stoudt in 2001. Processed by Julia Stringfellow, and translation services provided by Quan Tran, 2003. Processing and translation conducted in 2003 was supported by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the California State Library.

    Biography

    Paul Tran is a Vietnamese-American community activist who has worked broadly with Vietnamese refugees. He was born Loc Hoang Tran in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1975, settling in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1977 he moved to Orange County, California, where he attended Santa Ana College and the University of California, Irvine. While in college he began working at Viet Nam Hai Ngoai magazine, where he adopted the pseudonym Tuong Thang. He graduated from UC Irvine in 1982 and a few years later purchased Viet Nam Hai Ngoa i magazine, where he remained editor-in-chief until 1996. In 1989 he participated in the International Conference on Indochinese Refugees, Geneva and traveled to Hong Kong eleven times between 1989-1995 to work with asylum seekers. He was elected vice-president of the Vietnamese Community in Southern California in 1992 and 1994. Tran founded the Tap Hop Cac Luc Luong Dan Chu and Nahn Quyen political organization in 1992, as well as the Voice of Vietnamese Radio program in Orange County, California.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains correspondence, audiovisual materials, publications of organizations, artifacts, artwork, and other documents related to Southeast Asian refugees. Materials from the refugee camps convey the struggles and issues faced by the refugees. Organizational materials focus on anti-Communist activities and the resettlement of refugees in the United States. All of the correspondence from refugee camps in Hong Kong, most of the audiovisual materials, and many of the publications are in Vietnamese.

    Arrangement

    This collection is organized into 4 series:
    • Series 1. Vietnamese refugee camps files, 1976-2001. 13.8 linear ft.
    • Series 2. Subject files concerning refugee issues, 1976-2001. 2.8 linear ft.
    • Series 3. Refugee artwork, 1980-1995. 6.6 linear ft.
    • Series 4. Newspapers and clippings, 1975-1996. 1.4 linear ft.

    Related Material

    The following collections in the Southeast Asian Archive and the UCI Libraries
    • Gayle Morrison Files on Southeast Asian Refugees. MS-SEA014.
    • Project Ngoc Records on Southeast Asian Refugees. MS-SEA016.
    • Southeast Asian Archive Vertical File, MS-SEA020. Series 2. Newspaper Articles.