Thuy VoDang

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Curator for the Southeast Asian Archive

Research Librarian for Asian American Studies


B.A., Scripps College, 2001, English & Asian American Studies
M.A., University of California, San Diego, 2003, Ethnic Sudies
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2008, Ethnic Sudies

Phone: (949) 824-1878
Email: thuy.vodang@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
P.O. Box 19557
Mail Code: 8100
Irvine, CA 92623
Research Interests
Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, Oral History, Community Archives
URLs
Academic Distinctions
UC Presidents Dissertation Fellowship – University of California, San Diego – 2006-2007

California Cultures in Comparative Perspective (CCCP) Research Fellowship – University of California, San Diego – 2004

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship – University of Wisconsin, Madison – 2003

San Diego Fellowship – University of California, San Diego – 2001-2003
Appointments
Department of Asian American Studies, UC Irvine School of Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow for the Vietnamese American Oral History Project, 2011-2013

Institute of American Cultures Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2009-2010
Research Abstract
My research interests include exploring the intersections between community archives and ethnic studies, the experiences and cultural memory of the Vietnamese diaspora, and the historical and contemporary transformations of Orange County, California.
Short Biography
Dr. Thuy Vo Dang (she/her/hers) is Curator for the UCI Libraries Southeast Asian Archive and research librarian for Asian American Studies. She is committed to advancing the practice of community-centered archives, an approach that centers the preservation and access to histories of historically marginalized groups. She has a Ph.D. in ethnic studies from UC San Diego and is co-author of the book, Vietnamese in Orange County (published in 2015) and of the forthcoming A People’s Guide to Orange County (2022), a book about the places and people whose lives were shaped by struggles for power and belonging in this region. Thuy serves on the board of directors for Arts OC and the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association.
Publications
Vietnamese in Orange County (with co-authors Linda Trinh Vo and Tram Le). Arcadia Publishing, 2015.
 
“Vietnamese Refugee/Immigration.” Asian American Society. Editors Mary Yu Danico and Geoffrey Golson. SAGE Publications, 2014.
 
“The Cultural Work of Anticommunism in the San Diego Vietnamese American Community.” Amerasia Journal 31:2 (2005): 65-85.
 
“Little Saigon and Vietnamese American Communities.” Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, and Political Change. Eds. Xiaojian Zhao, Erin Ryan, Robin Tutt, and Edward Park. ABC-CLIO, November 2013
 
“Anticommunism in Vietnamese America.” Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, and Political Change. Eds. Xiaojian Zhao, Erin Ryan, Robin Tutt, and Edward Park. ABC-CLIO, November 2013.
 
“Tet.” Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, and Political Change. Eds. Xiaojian Zhao, Erin Ryan, Robin Tutt, and Edward Park. ABC-CLIO, November 2013.
 
“Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora by Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde.” Amerasia Journal 39:1 Spring 2013.
 
“Little Saigons: Staying Vietnamese in America/Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2009” in Journal of Vietnamese Studies 6:1(2011): 169-72.
 
“Mediating Diasporic Identities: Vietnamese/American Women in the Musical Landscape of Paris by Night.” Le Vietnam Au Feminin, Publisher: Les Indes Savantes, Eds. Gisele Bousquet and Nora Taylor. Paris: 2005, pp. 337-351.
Grants
Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance Karl Lo Award 2014
Librarians Association of the University of California presentation grant 2015
Librarians Association of the University of California presentation grant 2016
UCI Illuminations: the Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative grant 2017
Professional Societies
Society of American Archivists
Association for Asian American Studies
Southwest Oral History Association
Other Experience
Board Member
Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association 2011—pres

Member
Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors (VACA) - a UCI Alumni Chapter 2012—pres

Board Member
Arts Orange County 2017—pres

Board Member
Horizon Cross Cultural Center (formerly St. Anselm's) 2012—2015

Board Member
Arts Orange County 2017—pres

Research Center
Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center
Last updated
06/08/2021