Southeast Asian Archive: Collection Strengths

Major Topics

The collections are broad and interdisciplinary in documenting the social, cultural, religious, political, and economic life of Americans of Southeast Asian origin. The subjects listed below are representative of the Archive's breadth and scope:

People

  • Amerasians
  • Cambodian Americans
  • Hmong Americans
  • Hmong (Asian people)
  • Indochinese Americans
  • Khmers
  • Laotian Americans
  • Laotians
  • Pacific Islander Americans
  • Southeast Asian Americans
  • Vietnamese Americans
  • Yao

 

Places

  • Laos
  • Cambodia
  • Little Saigon
  • Orange County
  • Southeast Asia
  • Vietnam
  • Westminster (Calif.)

 

Subjects:

  • Academic achievement
  • Acculturation
  • Adjustment (Psychology)
  • American Literature
    • Vietnamese American authors
    • Hmong American authors
    • Cambodian American authors
  • Cambodian American …
  • Children of immigrants
  • Civil rights
  • Cross-cultural comparison
  • Depression
  • Documentary
  • Education
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Health attitudes
  • Health behavior
  • Hmong American …
  • Human rights
  • Immigrants
  • Laotian American …
  • Mental health services
  • Multicultural education
  • Multiculturalism
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Older people
  • Older Vietnamese Americans
  • Parenting
  • Political atrocities
  • Political prisoners – Vietnam
  • Political refugees
  • Refugee camps
  • Refugee children
  • Refugees
  • Small business
  • Southeast Asian American …
  • Traditional medicine
  • Transcultural medical care
  • Vietnam – Emigration and immigration
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnamese American …
  • Women refugees
  • Yao American …

 

Selected Archival and Manuscript Materials

Archival and manuscript collections are described in detail in searchable collection guides in the Online Archive of California. The collections below represent the breadth and diversity of these non-circulating materials. Follow the links to view the full text of their guides.

Vertical Files (Newsletters, Brochures, etc.)

The Vertical Files are a vast collection of newspaper and journal articles, newsletters, and ephemera (fliers, brochures, pamphlets, programs, etc.) that occupy more than 55 file drawers in the Archive.  Most materials are in English; the files also include an extensive collection of newsletters in Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian.

The following subjects are among those best represented; please refer to the Southeast Asian Archive Vertical File Thesaurus for additional topics.

  • Asian American organizations
  • Business and business people
  • Cambodian American organizations
  • College students
  • Communities
  • Education
  • Employment and unemployment
  • Films and filmmaking
  • Gangs
  • Health and medical care
  • Hmong American organizations
  • Laotian American organizations
  • Literature
  • Mental health and mental health professionals
  • Music and musicians
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Politics and politicians
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Refugees
  • Resettlement experiences
  • Social services and social service providers
  • Southeast Asian American organizations
  • Vietnamese American organizations
  • Women
  • Youth