Guide to the James Freeman collection on Southeast Asian refugees MS.SEA.033

Processed by Julia Stringfellow; machine-readable finding aid created by Audrey Pearson; updated by Julia Huynh in 2019.
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
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The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine 92623-9557
spcoll@uci.edu


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Title: James Freeman collection on Southeast Asian refugees
Identifier/Call Number: MS.SEA.033
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 3 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

 

Topical files Series 1. 1978-2003

Physical Description: 1.4 Linear Feet
General Physical Description note: no content

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of items regarding Southeast Asian refugee issues. Materials include reports from refugee camps, organizational reports and correspondence, and publications of individuals.

Arrangement note

The series is arranged topically.
 

Aid to Refugee Children Without Parents, correspondence and organizational materials 1982-1999

General Physical Description note: 2 folders.
box-folder 1 : 3

Cards and invitations 1997

box-folder 1 : 4

Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees publications 1991-1994

box-folder 1 : 5

Committee for Coordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand (CSDPT), Handbook, Refugee Services in Thailand 1982

box-folder 1 : 6

Congressional Research Service (CRS) brief, "Refugee Admissions and Resettlement Policy" 1993

box-folder 1 : 7

Dong Rek articles, sources for articles, correspondence and notes 1988-1994

box-folder 1 : 8-9

Freeman, James, and Nguyen, Huu Dinh, publications 1985-1998

General Physical Description note: 2 folders.
box-folder 1 : 10

Friends of Hue Foundation, newsletters and organizational materials 2000-2003

box-folder 1 : 11

Hong Kong refugee camps, correspondence and reports 1989-1996

box-folder 1 : 12

Indonesia refugee camps, reports and correspondence 1991-1993

box-folder 1 : 13

International Conference on Indo-Chinese Refugees materials 1991-1997

box-folder 1 : 14

International Forum on the Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA), program materials 1989-1992

box-folder 1 : 15

International Social Service Hong Kong Branch, reports and newsletters 1992-1997

box-folder 1 : 16

Laos and Thailand refugee camps, reports 1989-1999

box-folder 1 : 17

Malaysia refugee camps, correspondence and reports 1991-1999

box-folder 1 : 18-20

Newspaper clippings 1982-2000

General Physical Description note: 3 folders.
box-folder 1 : 21

Hieu, Nguyen, correspondence 1982-1984

box-folder 1 : 22

Non-governmental organizations (NGO), correspondence and organizational materials 1991-1999

box-folder 1 : 23

Nordic Assistance to Repatriated Vietnamese (NARV), correspondence and organizational materials 1991-1994

box-folder 1 : 24-25

Palawan, Philippines, refugee camps, correspondence and reports 1991-1999

General Physical Description note: 2 folders.
box-folder 1 : 26-27

Refugee Concern Hong Kong, correspondence and reports 1991-1996

General Physical Description note: 2 folders.
box-folder 2 : 1

Strauch, Judith, "The Chinese Exodus from Vietnam: Implications for the Southeast Asian Chinese" 1980

box-folder 2 : 2-4

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

box-folder 2 : 2

Convention on the Rights of the Child materials 1989-1993

box-folder 2 : 3-4

Reports and program materials 1985-1995

General Physical Description note: 2 folders.
box-folder 2 : 5

United States State Department materials 1991

box-folder 2 : 6

Vietnamese refugees, reports and publications 1978-2000

box-folder 2 : 7

Vietnamese refugees living in Japan, reports 1990

box-folder 2 : 8

Vietnamese refugees living in the United States, reports 1978-1993

box-folder 2 : 9

Zulfacar, Diane, "Surviving Without Parents: Indo-Chinese Refugee Minors in New South Wales (NSW)" 1984

 

Interview notes and audio cassette recordings Series 2. 1983-1999

Physical Description: 1.6 Linear Feet
General Physical Description note: Four letter size document boxes (Boxes 3-6)

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of handwritten interview notes and interview transcripts from interviews James Freeman conducted with Vietnamese refugees for his book, Hearts of sorrow : Vietnamese-American lives. Audio cassette tapes are also included that contain the interviews.

Conditions Governing Access note

Access to this entire series, which contains information concerning the personal situation of Vietnamese refugees in the refugee camps, is restricted until 2039-01-01.
 

Slides of refugee camps and detention centers Series 3 circa 1990s

Physical Description: 0.4 Linear Feet(1 letter document box)

Scope and Contents

This addition to the collection 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. Also included are 2 USB sticks of digitzed slides, 1 article copy of "Terror At Dong Rek" by James M. Freeman and Nguyen Dinh Huu and 1 January 2005 publication of Nha magazine.

Access

This addition to the collection has been processed and is open for research.
box 7, Folder 1-2

Digitized slides on USB sticks 1991-92

box 7, Folder 3

"Terror at Dong Rek" article copy 1995

box 7, Folder 4

Nha Magazine 2005

box 7, Folder 5

Teaching slides circa 1990s

Physical Description: Contains 80 Kodachrome 35mm slides.
box 7, Folder 6-9

Slides of refugee camps / detention centers circa 1990s

Physical Description: 4 folders containing 768 Kodachrome 35mm slides and 1 8x10 color photographic print.