US-Vietnam Research Center

US-Vietnam Research Center

The US-Vietnam Research Center is an academic institution in the Global Studies Institute at the University of Oregon, which seeks to promote research in the areas of contemporary Vietnam, US-Vietnam relations, and the Vietnamese American community. The Center commissions research, publishes source materials and research findings, and organizes workshops and

US-Vietnam Research Center

The US-Vietnam Research Center is an academic institution in the Global Studies Institute at the University of Oregon, which seeks to promote research in the areas of contemporary Vietnam, US-Vietnam relations, and the Vietnamese American community. The Center commissions research, publishes source materials and research findings, and organizes workshops and symposiums for the public and experts in the field.

About the Organization:

The US-Vietnam Research Center is an academic institution in the Global Studies Institute at the University of Oregon, which seeks to promote research in the areas of contemporary Vietnam, US-Vietnam relations, and the Vietnamese American community. The Center commissions research, publishes source materials and research findings, and organizes workshops and symposiums for the public and experts in the field.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National

The Issue:

The Vietnamese American generational divide is a distinctly American problem, rooted in the American social fabric and linked to this country’s racial, socioeconomic, military, and political histories. These factors, combined with a well-documented linguistic gap (Vietnamese-speaking elders and English-speaking juniors), have caused ruptures within Vietnamese American families and communities whose members are realizing that they do not know how to dialogue with one another, both literally and figuratively. Never before have Vietnamese Americans been this divided. Polls show that Vietnamese Americans skew slightly conservative, but that statistic hides an extreme gulf between a largely-conservative first-generation and a second-generation as progressive as their peers. These political conflicts are overlaid upon the uneven adoption of American cultural norms that widen cultural differences including: interactions with authority figures, gendering of self-expression, and embedded racial biases. Combined with broader trends towards hyper-partisanship, Vietnamese American intergenerational dialogue is increasingly difficult and must be immediately addressed.

The Solution:

As knowledge and application are mutually important for intergenerational healing, (Re)Generational Voices deploys a two-pronged approach to Vietnamese American intergenerational dialogue. The RESOURCE HUB is a publicly accessible repository linking to knowledge about Vietnamese American experiences from an inter- and trans-generational perspective and incorporating both scholarly and artistic (re)presentations. It will also include a collection of our own interviews of Vietnamese Americans across diverse cohorts. Throughout, we maintain a commitment to pluralism, empathy, and intersectionality. The INTERGENERATIONAL DIALOGUE PROGRAM trains leaders for empathetic, intersectional dialogue with their constituencies across generational and other community divisions. It will include both (a) publicly accessible materials, such as a digital video series modeling empathetic intergenerational conversations about divisive topics and (b) small group (15 individuals) workshops to train community leaders for empathetic dialogue and service across transgenerational constituencies.

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