Guide to the Radio Free Asia Vietnamese Broadcasts

Processed by Julia Stringfellow; machine-readable finding aid created by Audrey Pearson
Special Collections and Archives
The UCI Libraries
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Email: spcoll@uci.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Radio Free Asia Vietnamese broadcasts
Date: 1997-2002
Collection Number: MS-SEA005
Creator: Radio Free Asia
Extent: 137.4 linear feet (189 boxes)
Languages: The collection is in English and Vietnamese
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: The collection is comprised of broadcast transcripts and audio recordings of the Radio Free Asia (RFA) Vietnamese radio programs for the years 1997-2002 (later years are retained by RFA). The broadcast transcripts include a morning and evening broadcast for each day, and are accompanied by audio cassette recordings for most of the transcripts. The radio programs include news articles of events occurring that day, as well as commentary on world events. The recordings are in Vietnamese, while the transcripts are in Vietnamese and/or English.

Important Information for Researchers

Access

The collection is open for research. Original sound recordings may not be used. Researchers must request that duplicate use copies be made for access.

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

Radio Free Asia Vietnamese Broadcasts. MS-SEA005. 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 Nguyen Ngoc Bich, Director of Radio Free Asia, 1997-2002.

Processing History

Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2004. Translation services provided by Thu Huyen, 2004. Processing was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant.

Historical Background

Radio Free Asia (RFA), a private, non-profit corporation, aired its first broadcast in Mandarin to China on September 29, 1996. Its first Vietnamese broadcast aired on February 5, 1997. Located in Washington D.C., the organization was founded to broadcast news and information from an American viewpoint to Asian countries where full and accurate news reports were not available. Besides its news broadcasts, RFA is also a "university of the air," meaning that it broadcasts works of fiction and nonfiction that would be censored in RFA's target countries. The organization is funded by grants from the United States Congress, and it is journalistically independent. The autonomy of RFA is vital to providing objective domestic news and information.
Daily broadcasts include reports from correspondents throughout Asia. RFA broadcasts are in the local languages and dialects of each of its target countries, including Vietnamese, Lao, Mandarin, Cantonese, Cambodian, and Korean. The broadcasts serve as the free press lacking in the countries, and the news and commentary is specific to each of the target areas. Since the beginning, RFA has also provided its listeners with opportunities to call in to the broadcast and voice their opinions. Six call-in programs are done daily where listeners can dial a toll free number and speak directly with a broadcast host.
Each of the 105 RFA broadcasters are able to record and edit their own programs simultaneously using the organization's studio system and digital audio storage. All of the broadcasts originate from the central Washington D.C. office. In addition to its headquarters in Washington D.C., RFA also has bureaus in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, and Phnom Penh. Smaller offices are located in Ankara, Kathmandu, Seoul, and Dharamsala, India. The organization also publishes a monthly digest of top news and features from its main language services.
For further information on RFA, see the organization's website .

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The collection is comprised of broadcast transcripts and audio recordings of the Radio Free Asia (RFA) Vietnamese radio programs for the years 1997-2002 (later years are retained by RFA). The broadcast transcripts include a morning and evening broadcast for each day, and are accompanied by audio cassette recordings for most of the transcripts. The radio programs include news articles of events occurring that day, as well as commentary on world events. The recordings are in Vietnamese, while the transcripts are in Vietnamese and or English

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 2 series.
  • Series 1. Broadcast transcripts, 1997-2002. 103 linear feet
  • Series 2. Broadcast recordings, 1997-2002. 34.4 linear feet

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Radio Free Asia--Archives.
Radio broadcasting--Washington (D.C.)--Archives.
Radio broadcasting--Asia--Archives.

Genres and Formats of Materials

Audiocassettes--20th century.
Audiocassettes--21st century.
Sound recordings--20th century.
Sound recordings--21st century.
Broadcasts--20th century.
Broadcasts--21st century.
Transcripts--20th century.
Transcripts--21st century.

Titles

Southeast Asian Archive.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  Broadcast transcripts 1997-2002

Physical Description: 103 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

The series is comprised of transcripts of broadcasts from the radio program for the Vietnamese audience. There are two transcripts for each day, an AM and a PM broadcast. Each transcript consists of a program summary that includes segment titles and running times. A newslist states the world news discussed. A detailed description, mostly in Vietnamese, gives the order of broadcast items, such as music bridges and news headlines. News articles deal with a wide array of topics, including both political and non-political events throughout the world. Topics include world relations, social conditions, economy and business, arts and culture, and science and health. Some news stories come from sources such as the South China Morning Post, Asia Times, and online sources including CNN, Los Angeles Times, Infoseek, and Yahoo. The news articles, program summary, and newslist are mostly in English, while the remainder of the materials for each broadcast are in Vietnamese.

Arrangement

The transcripts are arranged chronologically by year, month, day, and broadcast.
Box : Folder 1 : 1 - 15 : 34

1997

Box : Folder 1 : 1 - 1 : 28

February 1997

Box : Folder 1 : 29 - 2 : 18

March 1997

Box : Folder 2 : 19 - 3 : 27

April 1997

Box : Folder 3 : 28 - 4 : 35

May 1997

Box : Folder 4 : 36 - 6 : 4

June 1997

Box : Folder 6 : 5 - 7 : 30

July 1997

Box : Folder 7 : 31 - 9 : 15

August 1997

Box : Folder 9 : 16 - 11 : 2

September 1997

Box : Folder 11 : 3 - 12 : 26

October 1997

Box : Folder 12 : 27 - 14 : 10

November 1997

Box : Folder 14 : 11 - 15 : 34

December 1997

Box : Folder 16 : 1 - 36 : 36

1998

Box : Folder 16 : 1 - 17 : 28

January 1998

Box : Folder 17 : 39 - 19 : 12

February 1998

Box : Folder 19 : 13 - 20 : 36

March 1998

Box : Folder 21 : 1 - 22 : 24

April 1998

Box : Folder 22 : 25 - 24 : 10

May 1998

Box : Folder 24 : 11 - 25 : 34

June 1998

Box : Folder 25 : 35 - 27 : 24

July 1998

Box : Folder 27 : 25 - 29 : 22

August 1998

Box : Folder 29 : 23 - 31 : 14

September 1998

Box : Folder 31 : 15 - 33 : 12

October 1998

Box : Folder 33 : 13 - 35 : 10

November 1998

Box : Folder 35 : 11 - 36 : 36

December 1998

Box : Folder 37 : 1 - 59 : 38

1999

Box : Folder 37 : 1 - 38 : 28

January 1999

Box : Folder 38 : 29 - 40 : 18

February 1999

Box : Folder 40 : 19 - 42 : 16

March 1999

Box : Folder 42 : 17 - 44 : 14

April 1999

Box : Folder 44 : 15 - 46 : 14

May 1999

Box : Folder 46 : 15 - 48 : 16

June 1999

Box : Folder 48 : 17 - 50 : 18

July 1999

Box : Folder 50 : 19 - 52 : 18

August 1999

Box : Folder 52 : 19 - 54 : 16

September 1999

Box : Folder 54 : 17 - 56 : 10

October 1999

Box : Folder 56 : 11 - 58 : 8

November 1999

Box : Folder 58 : 9 - 59 : 38

December 1999

Box : Folder 60 : 1 - 79 : 40

2000

Box : Folder 60 : 1 - 61 : 26

January 2000

Box : Folder 61 : 27 - 63 : 10

February 2000

Box : Folder 63 : 11 - 65 : 10

March 2000

Box : Folder 65 : 11 - 67 : 2

April 2000

Box : Folder 67 : 3 - 68 : 32

May 2000

Box : Folder 68 : 33 - 70 : 24

June 2000

Box : Folder 70 : 25 - 72 : 12

July 2000

Box : Folder 72 : 13 - 74 : 2

August 2000

Box : Folder 74 : 3 - 75 : 24

September 2000

Box : Folder 75 : 25 - 77 : 2

October 2000

Box : Folder 77 : 3 - 78 : 22

November 2000

Box : Folder 78 : 23 - 79 : 40

December 2000

Box : Folder 80 : 1 - 98 : 26

2001

Box : Folder 80 : 1 - 81 : 18

January 2001

Box : Folder 81 : 19 - 82 : 34

February 2001

Box : Folder 82 : 35 - 84 : 14

March 2001

Box : Folder 84 : 15 - 85 : 36

April 2001

Box : Folder 85 : 37 - 87 : 14

May 2001

Box : Folder 87 : 15 - 88 : 32

June 2001

Box : Folder 88 : 33 - 90 : 16

July 2001

Box : Folder 90 : 17 - 91 : 40

August 2001

Box : Folder 92 : 1 - 93 : 22

September 2001

Box : Folder 93 : 23 - 95 : 12

October 2001

Box : Folder 95 : 13 - 96 : 36

November 2001

Box : Folder 97 : 1 - 98 : 26

December 2001

Box : Folder 99 : 1 - 103 : 21

2002

Box : Folder 99 : 1 - 100 : 24

January 2002

Box : Folder 100 : 25 - 102 : 6

February 2002

Box : Folder 102 : 7 - 103 : 21

March 2002

 

Series 2.  Broadcast recordings 1997-2002

Physical Description: 34.4 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

The series is comprised of audio cassette recordings of the radio program. The recordings are in Vietnamese and follow the broadcast transcripts. The broadcasts include news stories of world events and contain music.

Arrangement

The recordings are arranged chronologically.

Access Information

Original sound recordings may not be used. Researchers must request that duplicate use copies be made for access.
Box : Folder 104 : A0001 - 121 : A0541

1997

Box : Folder 104 : A0001 - A0025

February 1997

Physical Description: 25 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 105 : A0026 - A0054

March 1997

Physical Description: 29 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 106 : A0055 - A0097

April 1997

Physical Description: 43 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 107 : A0098 - A0140

May 1997

Physical Description: 44 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 108 : A0141 - 109 : A0184

June 1997

Physical Description: 48 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 110 : A0185 - 111: A0241

July 1997

Physical Description: 56 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 112 : A0242 - 113 : A0299

August 1997

Physical Description: 58 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 114 : A0300 - 115 : A0360

September 1997

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 116 : A0361 - 117 : A0424

October 1997

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 118 : A0425 - 119 : A0486

November 1997

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 120 : A0487 - 121 : A0541

December 1997

Physical Description: 55 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 122 : A0542 - 139 : A1248

1998

Box : Folder 122 : A0542 - 123 : A0605

January 1998

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 123 : A0606 - 124 : A0662

February 1998

Physical Description: 56 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 125 : A0663 - 126 : A0729

March 1998

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 126 : A0730 - 127 : A0795

April 1998

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 128 : A0796 - 129 : A0859

May 1998

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 129 : A0860 - 130 : A0920

June 1998

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 131 : A0921 - 132 : A0983

July 1998

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 132 : A0984 - 133 : A1045

August 1998

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 134 : A1046 - 135 : A1105

September 1998

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 135 : A1106 - 136 : A1166

October 1998

Physical Description: 61 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 137 : A1167 - 138 : A1223

November 1998

Physical Description: 57 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 138 : A1224 - 139 : A1286

December 1998

Physical Description: 63 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 140 : A1287 - 157 : A2026

1999

Box : Folder 140 : A1287 - 141 : A1346

January 1999

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 141 : A1347 - 142 : A1404

February 1999

Physical Description: 58 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 143 : A1405 - 144 : A1468

March 1999

Physical Description: 64 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 144 : A1469 - 145 : A1529

April 1999

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 146 : A1530 - 147 : A1592

May 1999

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 147 : A1593 - 148 : A1653

June 1999

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 149 : A1654 - 150 : A1717

July 1999

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 150 : A1718 - 151 : A1780

August 1999

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 152 : A1782 - 153 : A1842

September 1999

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 153 : A1843 - 154 : A1905

October 1999

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 155 : A1906 - 156 : A1964

November 1999

Physical Description: 58 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 156 : A1965 - 157 : A2026

December 1999

Physical Description: 61 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 158 : A2027 - A2953

2000

Box : Folder 158 : A2027 - 159 : A2087

January 2000

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 159 : A2088 - 160 : A2145

February 2000

Physical Description: 57 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 161 : A2146 - 162 : A2205

March 2000

Physical Description: 59 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 162 : A2206 - 163 : A2267

April 2000

Physical Description: 61 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 164 : A2268 - 165 : A2331

May 2000

Physical Description: 63 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 165 : A2332 - 166 : A2392

June 2000

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 167 : A2393 - 168 : A2455

July 2000

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 168 : A2456 - 169 : A2538

August 2000

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 170 : A2539 - 171 : A2588

September 2000

Physical Description: 49 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 171 : A2589 - 172 : A2651

October 2000

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 173 : A2652 - 174 : A2711

November 2000

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 174 : A2712 - 175 : A2773

December 2000

Physical Description: 61 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 176 : A2774 - 189 : A3317

2001

Box : Folder 176 : A2774 - 177 : A2835

January 2001

Physical Description: 61 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 177 : A2836 - 178 : A2890

February 2001

Physical Description: 54 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 179 : A2891 - 180 : A2945

March 2001

Physical Description: 54 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 180 : A2946 - 181 : A3001

April 2001

Physical Description: 55 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 182 : A3002 - 183 : A3062

May 2001

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 183 : A3063 - 184 : A3122

June 2001

Physical Description: 60 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 185 : A3123 - 186 : A3184

July 2001

Physical Description: 62 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 186 : A3185 - 187 : A3245

August 2001

Physical Description: 61 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 188 : A3246 - A3287

September 2001

Physical Description: 44 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 189 : A3288 - A3316

October 2001

Physical Description: 28 cassette tapes
Box : Folder 189 : A3317

November 2001

Physical Description: 1 cassette tape