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Freeman (James) collection on Southeast Asian refugees
MS.SEA.033  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Title: James Freeman collection on Southeast Asian refugees
    Creator: Freeman, James M.
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.SEA.033
    Identifier/Call Number: 316
    Physical Description: 3.6 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1978-2003
    Abstract: 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: Vietnamese-American lives. 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.

    Access

    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.

    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

    James Freeman files. MS-SEA033. 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 James Freeman, 2004 and 2019.

    Processing History

    Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2005. Processing was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant. Additions and finding aid updates made by Julia Huynh, 2019.

    Historical Background

    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.
    For further information on James Freeman, see the The Silicon Valley Cultures Project Website  .

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    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: Vietnamese-American lives. 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.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in 2 series.
    Series 1. Topical files, 1978-2003. 1.4 linear feet
    Series 2. Interview notes and audio cassette recordings, 1983-1999. 1.8 linear feet
    Series 3. Slides of refugee camps and detention centers, circa 1990s, 0.4 linear feet
    Original order of slides in series 3 are retained.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Interviews -- 20th century.
    Refugees -- United States -- Archives.
    Audiocassettes -- 20th century.
    Letters -- 20th century.
    Refugees -- Vietnam -- Archives
    Reports -- 20th century.
    Vietnamese Americans -- Archives
    Refugees -- Services for -- United States -- Archives.
    Vietnamese Americans -- Interviews.
    Slides -- 20th century.
    Refugee camps -- Southeast Asia -- Photographs.
    Freeman, James M. -- Archives