This collection is comprised of
materials collected by James Freeman, a professor of anthropology at San Jose State
University. Correspondence and reports of organizations and individuals involved in refugee
issues and reports from refugee camps are included, as are handwritten notes and cassette
tapes of interviews with Vietnamese Americans who settled in the United States after the
Vietnam War that were conducted for Freeman's book
Hearts of sorrow:
. The collection also contains slide images of Vietnamese
refugees and children at refugee camps in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia,
and Thailand as well as images from detention centers in Hong Kong.
James M. Freeman is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at San Jose State University in San
Jose, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Northwestern
University in 1958, a Master of Arts in Social Relations from Harvard University in 1964,
and a PhD in Social Relations from Harvard University in 1968. His area of research since
1992 has included work, identity, and community in high-tech regions, involving in depth
interviews in high-tech companies on the connections between work, family, and cultural
identity. He has also collected the life stories of people living in India, of Vietnamese
refugees, and of the people in the Silicon Valley Cultures Project over the past 25 years.
Freeman hoped to capture the spirit of these people through their narratives and to convey
this to a wide reading public, such as through the publication of his book Hearts of
sorrow: Vietnamese-American lives in 1989.
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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.
Interview tapes and transcripts are restricted until 2039-01-01. Restrictions are noted at
the file level. The remainder of the collection is open for research.