Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Paul Tran files on Southeast Asian refugees,
Date (inclusive): 1975-2001
Collection number: MS-SEA002
24.6 linear feet
29 boxes and 17 oversize folders
45 digitized images
University of California, Irvine. Library.Special Collections and
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
Selected digitized images from this collection.
Collection open for research.
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.
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.
Gift of Paul Tran, 1993-1995.
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.
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
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.
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.
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