Linda Trinh Vo

picture of Linda Trinh Vo

Professor, Department of Asian American Studies
School of Humanities

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Sociology
School of Social Sciences

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy
School of Social Ecology

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Phone: (949) 232-0084

University of California, Irvine
Humanities Gateway Building, Room 3307
Mail Code: 6900
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Asian American studies; racial and ethnic relations; immigrants and refugees; gender relations; and community and urban studies
Academic Distinctions
University of California, Irvine Chancellor's Fellow (2006-2009)
University of California, Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Diversity. Affiliated with Asian American Studies Program/Ethnic Studies Department. Fall 1994-Summer 1996.

University of California Humanities Research Institute Fellowship. Minority Discourse III: “The Case of California: Processes of Diversity in Community.” University of California, Irvine. Fall 1993.
Research Abstract
Dr. Linda Trinh Vo is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and was a faculty member in the Sociology Department at Oberlin College and the Comparative Cultures Department at Washington State University. She received a UC Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship (1994-1996) and was a UC Irvine Chancellor's Fellow (2006-2009). She was an Equity Advisor for the School of Humanities, working as a Faculty Assistant to the Dean to improve gender and ethnic diversity in the professoriate, focusing on equal opportunity and equity practices in hiring, mentoring, and retention. Dr. Vo is the author of a book, Mobilizing an Asian American Community (Temple University Press, 2004), about how and why Asian Americans strategically organized for social, cultural, political, and economic purposes. She is the co-editor of three books: Contemporary Asian American Communities: Intersection and Divergences (2002); Asian American Women: The “Frontiers” Reader (2004); and Labor Versus Empire: Race, Gender, and Migration (2004). Her recent publications include a co-edited book, Keywords for Asian American Studies (New York University Press, 2015), and a co-authored book, Vietnamese in Orange County (Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, 2015). She also edited a special issue on “Vietnamese Americans: Diaspora and Dimensions” for Amerasia Journal and co-edited a special issue on “Mapping Comparative Studies of Racialization in the U.S.” for Ethnicities Journal and a special issue on "Asian American Women" for Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. She was a Series Co-Editor (2005-2016) and is now a Series Editor Emeritus for the Asian American Culture and History series published by Temple University Press, which includes over seventy books.

Dr. Vo has served on Program Committees for the Association for Asian American Studies, American Studies Association, Pacific Sociological Association, and National Women's Studies Association. She was President-Elect (2013-2014) and President (2014-2016) of the national Association for Asian American Studies. On campus, she is an Ambassador for the Southeast Asian Archive at Langson Library, which collects and documents the experiences of Cambodian, Lao, and Vietnamese Americans; was an Advisor for the Vietnamese American Coalition (VAC) and the Asian Pacific Student Association (APSA); and is a founding member of the UCI Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors (VACA), an association of alumni and community leaders. She is Director of Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project at UCI which collects, archives, digitizes, and disseminates the life stories of Vietnamese Americans in Southern California and is the Co-Curator with Tram Le of 2 exhibitions: Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories and VIET STORIES: Recollections & Regenerations. Dr. Vo was a Board Member of the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) and Project MotiVATe, a mentoring program for Vietnamese American teens. She received the 2016 Public Image Award from Asian Americans Advancing Justice and is Co-Chair of the Community Advisory Council for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-OC. She has helped to organize the annual VietFilmFest (formerly biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival - ViFF) and was also an Advisory Board Member for the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA); the Diasporic Vietnamese Arts Network (DVAN); and the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation (VAHF). She is a founding board member of the National Asian American Community Foundation (NAACF) and a member of the Community Working Group for South Coast Repertory. She received the 2010 Pedagogical Innovation: Civic Engagement Teaching Award from the UCI Division of Undergraduate Education and the 2008 Community Service Award from the UCI Community Outreach Partnership Center. She was selected as "Most Influential 2015 & “30 (Vietnamese Americans) to watch as 2005 future leaders” by the Orange County Register, “20 Women To Watch” in OC Metro Business Magazine in 2008, and as “25 to Watch” in Celebrating 25 Years: 1984-2009 Anniversary Issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine.
SERIES EDITOR (2005-2016)& SERIES EDITOR EMERITUS (2016-present):
• Temple University Press. Asian American History and Culture series edited by Rick Bonus (University of Washington), Cathy Schlund-Vials (University of Connecticut), and Shelley Wong (Oberlin College) and founded by Sucheng Chan (emeritus UC Santa Barbara) and Emeritus Editors Michael Omi (UC Berkeley), David Palumbo-Liu (Stanford University), K. Scott Wong (Williams College), and Linda Trinh Vo (UC Irvine).

• Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) (Johns Hopkins University Press), 2005-2012
• Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement (JSAAEA). National Association for the Education and Advancement of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans (NAFEA). 2006-present
• Advisory Council, Asian American Literary Review (AALR), 2011-present


Keywords for Asian American Studies, edited by Cathy Schlund-Vials, Linda Trinh Võ, and K. Scott Wong. New York: New York University Press, 2015.

Vietnamese in Orange County, Thuy Vo Dang, Linda Trinh Võ, and Tram Le. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Press, 2015.

Mobilizing an Asian American Community. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2004.
- 2004 Honorable Mention Book Award for Social Sciences, national Association for Asian American Studies

Labor Versus Empire: Race, Gender, and Migration, edited by Gilbert Gonzalez, Raul Fernandez, Vivian Price, David Smith, and Linda Trinh Võ. New York: Routledge Press, 2004.

Asian American Women: The “Frontiers” Reader, edited by Linda Trinh Võ and Marian Sciachitano (with Susan Armitage, Patricia Hart, and Karen Weathermon). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

Contemporary Asian American Communities: Intersections and Divergences, edited by Linda Trinh Võ and Rick Bonus. Philadelphia: PA: Temple University Press, 2002.


Invited co-guest editors, Linda Trinh Võ and Rodolfo D. Torres, a special issue “Mapping Comparative Studies of Racialization in the U.S.” for Ethnicities Journal [Sage Publications, United Kingdom] Number 4, Issue 3 (September 2004).

Invited guest editor for “Vietnamese Americans: Diaspora and Dimensions,” a special issue of Amerasia Journal, Volume 29, Number 1 (July 2003).

Invited co-guest editors, Marian Sciachitano and Linda Trinh Võ. A special issue on Asian American women for Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, vol. 21, no. 1 & 2 (March 2000).


“Reflections on the Formation and Future of Asian American Studies” in Part 2: Special Issue on AAPIs – Creating the Future in an Uncertain World” edited by Paul Ong, Elena Ong, S. Floyd Mori, Alycia Cheng & Melany De La Cruz-Viesca. AAPI Nexus Journal, Vol 14, No. 2 (Fall) 2016: 117-128.

“Beyond Colorblind Universalism: Asians in a 'Post-Racial America.'" Journal of Asian American Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3, (Oct 2010): 327-342.

“Building a Vietnamese American Community: Economic and Political Transformation in Little Saigon, Orange County.” Special issue “How Do Asian Americans Create Places? Los Angeles & Beyond,” guest editor, KyeYoung Park, UCLA. Amerasia Journal, Vol 34, No 3 (2008): 84-109.

“‘Whose School District is This?’: Vietnamese Americans and Coalitional Politics in Orange County, California.” AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Summer/Fall) 2007: 1-32.
“The Formation of Post-Suburban Communities: Little Saigon and Koreatown, Orange County” co-authored with Mary Yu Danico. Special issue guest edited by Prema Kurien on “The Impact of Immigrants on American Institutions,” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. (Barmarick Publications, England). Vol. 24, Number 7/8, 2004: 15-45.

“Telling Our Stories: The Asian American Comparative Collection.” Review essay in Journal of Asian American Studies 2: 1 (February 1999): 93-100.

“Asian Immigrants, Asian Americans, and the Politics of Economic Mobilization in San Diego.” Amerasia Journal 22: 2 (1996): 89-108.


“‘Defiant Daughters’: The Resilience and Resistance of 1.5-Generation Vietnamese American Women,” in Our Voices, Our Histories: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women, edited by Shirley Hune and Gail M. Nomura. New York University Press, 2020, 205-220.

“Asian Immigrants and Refugees: Demographic Transformations in the United States from World War II to the Present” in Finding a Path Forward: Asian American Pacific Islander National Historic Landmarks Theme Study, ed. by Franklin Odo. Washington D.C.: National Park Services, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2018, 284-304.

“Transnational Beauty Circuits: Asian American Women, Technology, and Circle Contact Lenses,” in Global Asian American Popular Cultures, edited by Shilpa Davé, Leilani Nishime, and Tasha Oren. New York: New York University Press, 2016, 304-320.

“Navigating the Academic Terrain: The Racial and Gender Politics of Elusive Belonging” in Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, edited by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. González, and Angela P. Harris. Boulder, CO: Utah State University Press, 2012, 93-112.

"Transformative Disjunctures in the Academy: Asian American Studies as Praxis," in Transforming the Ivory Tower: Challenging Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in the Academy, edited by Brett C. Stockdill and Mary Yu Danico. Honolulu: HI: University of Hawaii Press, 2012, 120-144.

“Transforming a Community: Little Saigon, Orange County” in Asian America: Forming New Communities, Expanding Boundaries, edited by Huping Ling. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2009, 87-103.

“What a Difference a Generation Makes: Negotiating Vietnamese American Womanhood in the Diaspora” in Le Vietnam au Feminin/Vietnam: Women’s Realities, edited by Gisèle Bousquet and Nora Taylor. Paris: Les Indes Savantes Publisher, 2005, 323-336. This book has both French and English language essays.

“‘No Lattés Here’: Asian American Youth and the Cyber Café Obsession,” Mary Yu Danico and Linda Trinh Võ in Asian American Youth: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity, edited by Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou. New York: Routledge Press , 2004, 177-190.

“Managing Survival: Economic Realities for Vietnamese American Women” in Asian/Pacific Islander American Women: A Historical Anthology, edited by Shirley Hune and Gail Nomura. New York University Press , 2003, 237-252.
- Reprint: “Managing Survival: A Brief History of Vietnamese America Through a Gendered Perspective” in Charlie Don’t Surf: 4 Vietnamese American Artists. Published by Centre A, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 2005, pp. 14-27. For “Charlie Don’t Surf: Art, the Politics of Identity, and the Vietnam War” art exhibition. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Exhibition: 9 April - 21 May 2005.

“A Community in Transition: Little Saigon” in The New Face of Asian Pacific America: Numbers, Diversity and Change in the 21st Century, edited by Eric Lai and Dennis Arguelles [pp.283]. Co-published by AsianWeek newspaper and UCLA Asian American Studies Center in with partnership with Organization for Chinese Americans (OCA) and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (NCAPACD), 2003, 126-127. [Book and CD-rom version]

“The Politics of Social Services for a ‘Model Minority’: The Union of Pan Asian Communities.” In Asian and Latino Immigrants in a Restructuring Economy: The Metamorphosis of Southern California, edited by Marta López-Garza and David R. Diaz. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press , 2001, 241-272.

“Asian American Women: Immigration, Labor Force Participation, and Activism.” In Gender Mosaics: Social Perspectives, edited by Dana Vannoy. Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Press, 2000, 279-289.

“The Vietnamese American Experience: From Dispersion to the Development of Post-Refugee Communities.” In Asian American Studies: A Reader, edited by Jean Yu-Wen Shen Wu and Min Song. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2000, 290-305.

“Performing Ethnography in Asian American Communities: Beyond the Insider-versus-Outsider Perspective.” In Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America, ed. Martin F. Manalansan. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2000, 17-37.


Transforming Orange County: Assets and Needs of Asian Americans & Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders report. Co-authored with Laureen Hom. Orange County, CA: Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Orange County. 2018.

“A Coming of Age Story: Vietnamese American Political Participation” in National Asian Pacific American Political Almanac 2014-2015 (15th edition), edited by Don Nakanishi and James Lai. UCLA Asian American Studies Center and Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (2014): 27-30.

“Documenting the Southeast Asian American Experience” Oakland Museum of California magazine, Fall 2004: 12-13.

“Telling Our Stories: The Asian American Comparative Collection.” Asian Mode, American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian American Newsletter (November 1998): 5-6.

“The Chinese/Asian Thematic Historic District,” Asian Business Association News, San Diego, California. Volume 1, Issue 4 (April 1992).


Director, Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project, UC Irvine, 2011-present.

Co-Curator with Tram Le, VIET STORIES: Recollections & Regenerations, an art, history & oral history exhibition at Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, CA. February 17-May 28, 2018.

Co-Curator with Tram Le of Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories, an art, history & oral history exhibition in partnership with OC Parks at the Historical Gallery at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, CA (July 2015-February 2016) and Viewpoint Gallery at UCI Student Center. March 4-31, 2016.

AAAS Liaison & Advisory Committee, ‘Invisible New Americans’: Refugees from Burma/Myanmar and Bhutan in the United States report by Chia Youyee Vang & Monica Mong Trieu with Association for Asian American Studies and Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, 2014.

Member, Academic Advisory Board, Orange County on the Cusp of Change report. UCI Community and Labor Project and the UCLA Labor Center, 2014.

Lead Faculty Advisor for “The Southeast Asian Archive Access Project,” that developed Documenting the Southeast Asian American Experience (SEAAdoc). Southeast Asian Archive, Department of Special Collections and Archives, UC Irvine Libraries. ($208,000) National Endowment for the Humanities grant to process and digitalize 4,000 document pages and 1,500 pictures. 2003-2005.

Consultant for treatments and scripts, Crossing East Project - eight one-hour programs about Asian American immigration. National Public Radio. April 2005 – present. Aired May 2006.
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