About the Project


Narrating the Chinese Vietnamese Identity is an oral history project that investigates the histories, cultural backgrounds, communities, and pre- and post- migration identities of the first and second generation of Chinese Vietnamese in America and shares their stories through interviews and photographs of the places they now call home.

This project seeks to provide an accessible space to share the first and second generation stories of the Vietnam War—an event that has shaped millions of lives both in and outside of the U.S.

This project focuses on the experiences of the Chinese Vietnamese (also known as Hoa people or ethnic Chinese in Vietnam) who settled there and how nearly one million refugees from a world away had come to call America their new home. 

Having grown up on stories of escape, I was inspired by my family's story and many others whose walks of life were cut from the same fabric.

Through this project, I explored questions such as:

How do you navigate and construct what it means to belong within multiple historical narratives? In what ways have multiple narratives of history and place shaped the perceptions of how we understood identity?




Meet the Narrators

We invited our narrators to critically examine places in their lives that have helped them examine their roots and connect their stories to histories local and global. Meet six narrators from all around the country and read on to learn more about how they've connected history, memory, and place in their own lives.

I am very humbled to have had the opportunity to connect with many young leaders, engaged community members, and dedicated organizers  along my journey. From Philadelphia to Hacienda Heights to Washington D.C., I have been touched by your stories and encouraging words. All of your wonderful support has provided me the chance to work with Chinese Vietnamese folks across the nation with fascinating pasts and too many stories worth sharing. Thank you.

Explore each story by narrator or place.