8 results found for: collection:"Asian Americans in Western Mass. Oral History Collection"

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2018 Apr. 22

Nguyen, Phong P.

Phong P. Nguyen: interview with Jesse Linder and Minh Nguyen

Springfield (Mass.) - When he immigrated from Vietnam in his mid 20's, fully acclimating to life in the United States seemed a nearly insurmountable challenge to our interviewee, Phong Nguyen. As he described in detail, the night and day contrast of American and Vietnamese culture made adjustment exceedingly difficult. Nguyen found himself needing to adjust to facets of everyday life from the automatic doors of grocery sto... more

Asian Americans in Western Mass. Oral History Collection

2018 May 4

Mao, Sokhen

Sokhen Mao: interview with Christin Howard, Linda Nguyen, Zoe Rechenbach, and Olivia Pfeiffer

Amherst (Mass.) - Mao discusses his youth in Cambodia, where he was born in 1964 and raised on a farm, the forced evacuation from his home during the Vietnam War, and his experiences in refugee camps and his separation and reunion with his family. Mao then describes emigrating to Amherst, Mass. in 1982 after a stay in a refugee camp in Thailand, attending Amherst High School, and the University of Massachusetts. Mao co... more

Asian Americans in Western Mass. Oral History Collection

2018 Apr. 20

Tiwari, Taran

Taran Tiwari: interview with Michael Persau, Jasmine Kirkpatrick, Laurel Donnelly, and Daniel Riley

Springfield (Mass.) - Taran Tiwari is the Executive Director for the Bhutanese Society of Western Massachusetts. Tiwari discusses the historical context that drove Bhutanese refugees out of Bhutan to refugee camps in Nepal, and ultimately to the United States. He describes his own experiences being forced out of Bhutan, serving as a teacher, dean, and principal in Nepal, and moving to Springfield, Massachusetts. He explain... more

Asian Americans in Western Mass. Oral History Collection

2018 Apr. 20

Mata, Ofelia

Ofelia Mata: interview with Xiaoyan Tan

Sunderland (Mass.) - Ofelia Mata was born in Batac Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Now living in the Sunderland, MA she is a full-fledged U.S. citizen. She lives with her husband and four children. As a well-educated woman, she received her bachelor's degree in law before coming to the U.S. The interview discusses her personal experiences and perspectives on her life in the Philippines, immigration to America and assimilation ... more

Asian Americans in Western Mass. Oral History Collection

2018 Nov. 24

Gautam, Bhuwan

Bhuwan Gautam: interview with Anshul Bhargava

Springfield (Mass.) - Bhuwan Gautam was born in Bhutan and became a refugee at the age of seven. He lived in the Timai refugee camp in Eastern Nepal for fifteen years before resettling in the United States in 2008. Mr. Gautam worked as a behavioral specialist at a community health center for two years and has over five years of experience working with refugee resettlement. Mr. Gautam also serves as a co-investigator with t... more

Asian Americans in Western Mass. Oral History Collection

2018 Dec. 19

Chea, Rowun

Roeun Chea: oral history with Lily Tang, Richmond Amoako, Noelle McManus, Mae Humphreville, Christine Yao

Amherst (Mass.) - 50-year-old Roeun Chea is an art and math intervention teacher at Springfield Public School. Born in Cambodia, he was forced into a concentration camp under the reign of the Khmer Rouge, where he remained for three years. After spending another three years in a refugee camp, he resettled with a foster family in Western Massachusetts. Though excited and grateful for the new opportunities presented to h... more

Asian Americans in Western Mass. Oral History Collection

2018 Nov. 24

Do, Phuong

Phuong Do: oral history with Hamza Mustafa, Li Chen, Adria Stephens, Hannah Wang, and Samantha Klein

Springfield (Mass.) - Phuong Do is a self-described daughter, wife, mother, and social worker. Her job allows her to be involved with the Vietnamese/American Community as a mental health counselor, using her bilingualism to extend healthcare to Vietnamese/Americans in the area. Her immigration to the U.S. was marked by difficulty, especially with the language barrier and cultural assimilation, which are struggles that pers... more

Asian Americans in Western Mass. Oral History Collection

2018 Nov. 29

Aguda, Rose

Rose Aguda: oral history with Johnson Vu, Abigail Riggs, Grace Yi, Anthony Zou, Tenzin Tsedon

Westfield (Mass.) - She immigrated to the Unitetd States from the Philippines when she was 38 years old along with her husband and three children. Ms. Aguda was born in the Philippines in Ilocos Norte which is the biggest island of the Philippines, she graduated from Philippine Normal College with a degree in education because of the financial help from her siblings and relatives. While sh... more

Asian Americans in Western Mass. Oral History Collection