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Caras vemos, corazones no sabemos = Faces seen, hearts unknown : the human landscape of Mexican migration / Amelia Malagamba-Ansótegui ; with contributions by Gilberto Cardenas ... [et al.]

Title:
Faces seen, hearts unknown : the human landscape of Mexican migration
Author:
Malagamba Ansótegui, Amelia  Search this
Cardenas, Gilberto  Search this
Snite Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
121 p. : ill ; 23 x 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Mexico
United States
Date:
2006
[2006]
Topic:
Mexican American art  Search this
Emigration and immigration in art  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
Call number:
N6538.M4 M35 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_812449

Movimientos de población en el occidente de México / Thomas Calvo y Gustavo López, coordinadores

Author:
Calvo, Thomas  Search this
López Castro, Gustavo  Search this
Colegio de Michoacán  Search this
Centre d'études mexicaines et centraméricaines (Mexico City, Mexico)  Search this
Mesa Redonda Movimientos de Población en el Centro-Occidente de México (1986 : Mexico City, Mexico)  Search this
Physical description:
372 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Congresses
Place:
Mexico
Michoacán de Ocampo
Michoacán de Ocampo (Mexico)
Date:
1988
Topic:
Migration, Internal--History  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_478104

photograph, color

Physical Description:
photographic paper (overall material)
chromo photograph (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm
Object Name:
photograph, color
Place made:
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Associated Place:
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Date made:
1991
Subject:
Immigrants  Search this
Immigration  Search this
Children  Search this
Girls  Search this
Education, elementary  Search this
Education  Search this
ID Number:
2018.0157.02
Accession number:
2018.0157
Catalog number:
2018.0157.02
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Political History, Civil Rights Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-e287-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1890334

Certificate of Appreciation

Maker:
Cyrus H. McCormick Elementary School  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 8 1/2 in x 11 in; 21.59 cm x 27.94 cm
Object Name:
certificate, commemorative
Place made:
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Associated Place:
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Date made:
1995
Subject:
Education  Search this
Education, elementary  Search this
Immigrants  Search this
Immigration  Search this
Girls  Search this
School Awards  Search this
Women's History  Search this
ID Number:
2018.0157.08
Accession number:
2018.0157
Catalog number:
2018.0157.08
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Political History, Civil Rights Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-e563-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1890340
Online Media:

Certificate of Completion

Maker:
Illinois Health Consortium  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 8 1/2 in x 11 in; 21.59 cm x 27.94 cm
Object Name:
certificate, commemorative
Place made:
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Associated Place:
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Date made:
c. 2001-07
Subject:
Immigrants  Search this
Immigration  Search this
Girls  Search this
Women's History  Search this
Children  Search this
Education  Search this
Education, High School  Search this
School Awards  Search this
Health Care  Search this
ID Number:
2018.0157.11
Accession number:
2018.0157
Catalog number:
2018.0157.11
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Political History, Civil Rights Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Health & Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-de72-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1890344

Certificate of Membership, National Honor Society of Secondary Schools

Maker:
National Association of Secondary Schools  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 11 in x 8 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 21.59 cm
Object Name:
certificate, membership
Place made:
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Date made:
2002
2002-05-02
Subject:
Immigrants  Search this
Immigration  Search this
Education  Search this
Education, High School  Search this
Girls  Search this
Women's History  Search this
School Awards  Search this
Children  Search this
ID Number:
2018.0157.12
Accession number:
2018.0157
Catalog number:
2018.0157.12
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Political History, Civil Rights Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-e12d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1890345

Honor Roll Certificate

Maker:
Farragut Career Academy  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 8 1/2 in x 11 in; 21.59 cm x 27.94 cm
Object Name:
certificate, commemorative
Place made:
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Associated Place:
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Date made:
2003
Subject:
Immigrants  Search this
Immigration  Search this
Education  Search this
Education, High School  Search this
School Awards  Search this
Girls  Search this
Women's History  Search this
Children  Search this
ID Number:
2018.0157.13
Accession number:
2018.0157
Catalog number:
2018.0157.13
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Political History, Civil Rights Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-df25-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1890346

Where I have never been migration, melancholia, and memory in Asian American narratives of return Patricia P. Chu

Title:
Migration, melancholia, and memory in Asian American narratives of return
Asian American narratives of return
Author:
Chu, Patricia P  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Date:
2019
20th century
21st century
20e siècle
21e siècle
Topic:
American literature--Asian American authors--History and criticism  Search this
Asian Americans in literature  Search this
American literature--History and criticism  Search this
Emigration and immigration in literature  Search this
Homeland in literature  Search this
Return in literature  Search this
Melancholy in literature  Search this
Memory in literature  Search this
Asian Americans--Ethnic identity  Search this
Littérature américaine--Auteurs américains d'origine asiatique--Histoire et critique  Search this
Américains d'origine asiatique dans la littérature  Search this
Littérature américaine--Histoire et critique  Search this
Émigration et immigration dans la littérature  Search this
Patrie dans la littérature  Search this
Retour dans la littérature  Search this
Mélancolie dans la littérature  Search this
Mémoire dans la littérature  Search this
Américains d'origine asiatique--Identité ethnique  Search this
LITERARY CRITICISM--American--Asian American  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--Ethnic Studies--Asian American Studies  Search this
American literature  Search this
American literature--Asian American authors  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156556

About Mike

Described:
Huckabee, Mike  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
white; red; blue; yellow (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 11 in x 8 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 21.59 cm
Object Name:
leaflet
packet
Used:
United States: New Hampshire
Used date:
2008
Subject:
Republican Party  Search this
Immigration  Search this
Education  Search this
Conservatism  Search this
Anti-Immigration  Search this
Homeland Security  Search this
Deportation  Search this
Related event:
Presidential Campaign of 2008  Search this
ID Number:
2008.0017.046
Catalog number:
2008.0017.046a
Accession number:
2008.0017
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-ce84-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1397705

Thompson- Please Remember to Vote

Depicted (sitter):
Thompson, Fred  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
white (overall color)
blue (overall color)
gold (overall color)
black (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 4 in x 6 in; 10.16 cm x 15.24 cm
Object Name:
postcard, campaign
Used:
United States: New Hampshire
Date made:
2007-2008
Associated date:
January 8 2008
Subject:
Presidential Candidates  Search this
Elections  Search this
Propaganda  Search this
Homeland Security  Search this
Immigration  Search this
Anti-Immigration  Search this
Conservatism  Search this
Politics  Search this
Deportation  Search this
Related event:
Presidential Campaign of 2008  Search this
ID Number:
2008.0017.092
Catalog number:
2008.0017.092
Accession number:
2008.0017
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-327a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1397768

Chasing the American dream in China Chinese Americans in the ancestral homeland Leslie Kim Wang

Author:
Wang, Leslie K  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (vii, 171 pages)
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
Place:
China
Chine
Date:
2021
Topic:
American Dream  Search this
Immigrants--Social conditions  Search this
Americans--Social conditions  Search this
Chinese Americans--Ethnic identity  Search this
Chinese Americans  Search this
Rêve américain  Search this
Américains d'origine chinoise--Identité ethnique  Search this
Américains d'origine chinoise  Search this
HISTORY / Asia / General  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156421

The Chinese must go violence, exclusion, and the making of the alien in America Beth Lew-Williams

Author:
Lew-Williams, Beth  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (349 pages) illustrations, maps
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
History
Place:
United States
États-Unis
Date:
2018
19th century
19e siècle
Topic:
Chinese--History  Search this
Chinese--Violence against  Search this
Border security--History  Search this
Race discrimination--History  Search this
Emigration and immigration law--History  Search this
Noncitizens--History  Search this
Chinois--Violence envers  Search this
Sécurité frontalière--Histoire  Search this
Immigrants clandestins--Histoire  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--Discrimination & Race Relations  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--Minority Studies  Search this
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century  Search this
Noncitizens  Search this
Border security  Search this
Chinese  Search this
Emigration and immigration law  Search this
Race discrimination  Search this
Race relations  Search this
History  Search this
Relations raciales  Search this
Histoire  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156423

Japanese American ethnicity in search of heritage and homeland across generations Takeyuki Tsuda

Author:
Tsuda, Takeyuki  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
History
Place:
United States
États-Unis
Japan
USA
Date:
2016
Topic:
Japanese Americans--Ethnic identity  Search this
Japanese Americans--Cultural assimilation  Search this
Japanese Americans--Social life and customs  Search this
Taiko (Drum ensemble)--History  Search this
Children of immigrants  Search this
Américains d'origine japonaise--Identité ethnique  Search this
Américains d'origine japonaise--Acculturation  Search this
Américains d'origine japonaise--Mœurs et coutumes  Search this
Taiko (Ensemble de tambours)--Histoire  Search this
Enfants d'immigrants  Search this
HISTORY--State & Local--General  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
Ethnic relations  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Taiko (Drum ensemble)  Search this
Japaner  Search this
Erste Ausländergeneration  Search this
Soziale Integration  Search this
Ethnische Identität  Search this
Relations interethniques  Search this
Relations raciales  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156456

Migrant returns Manila, development, and transnational connectivity Eric J. Pido

Author:
Pido, Eric J  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (xv, 211 pages)
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
Place:
Philippines
United States
USA
États-Unis
Date:
2017
Topic:
Return migration  Search this
Filipino Americans--Migrations  Search this
Migration de retour  Search this
Américains d'origine philippine--Migrations  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--Discrimination & Race Relations  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--Minority Studies  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--Ethnic Studies--Asian American Studies  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
Filipinos  Search this
Einwanderung  Search this
Rückwanderung  Search this
Émigration et immigration  Search this
Restrictions & Rights:
Use copy Restrictions unspecified
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156466

Emiliano Martinez Collection

Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Interviewer:
Ahlborn, Richard E., 1933-2015  Search this
Martin, Juana  Search this
Author:
Martinez, Emiliano  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes
Interviews
Oral history
Photographs
Transcripts
Place:
Fort Chaffee (Ark.)
Date:
1984
Summary:
Papers, oral history, and transcripts relating to Emiliano Martinez, a Cuban immigrant.
Scope and Contents:
Papers and photographs related to the immigration experience of Cuban refugee Martinez: a story from the Washington Post, March 12, 1984; a 45-minute cassette recording of an interview (in Spanish) by Richard E. Ahlborn with Martinez; a transcription in Spanish of the interview; six photographs of the hut taken by a zoo photographer; a covering memorandum from Ahlborn; a copy of Martinez's earnings from the sale of cans; and a diagram of his hut. Ahlborn, a curator in the Division of Community Life, was assisted by Juana Martin, a social worker.
Biographical / Historical:
The story of Emiliano Martinez, a Cuban refugee, was publicized as an example of the ingenuity and survival skills of recent immigrants to this nation. Martinez fled Cuba in one of the freedom flotillas of 1980. After a year in a refugee camp at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, he arrived in Washington, D.C. in April 1981. He shared apartments with other Cuban refugees until October 1982. Using his carpentry skills, he constructed a hut on undeveloped land at the National Zoo, where he lived from December 1982 until March 1984. He then moved into a boarding house in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood. He made his livelihood by selling aluminum cans to a Safeway grocery store for an average of sixty-five dollars a month.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Emilio Martinez.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Carpentry  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
Hispanic Americans -- 1950-2000  Search this
Homelessness  Search this
Housing  Search this
Political refugees  Search this
Poverty  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes
Interviews -- 1980-2000
Oral history
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1980-2000
Transcripts
Citation:
Emiliano Martinez Collection, 1984, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0176
See more items in:
Emiliano Martinez Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep86b08cf62-f39f-45dc-888b-2a21680f2041
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0176

An archaeology of Asian transnationalism Douglas E. Ross

Author:
Ross, Douglas E  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
History
Place:
British Columbia
Colombie-Britannique
China
Japan
Date:
2013
Topic:
Chinese--History  Search this
Japanese--History  Search this
Immigrants--History  Search this
Social archaeology  Search this
Ethnoarchaeology  Search this
Chinois--Histoire  Search this
Japonais--Histoire  Search this
Archéologie sociale  Search this
Ethnoarchéologie  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--Discrimination & Race Relations  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--Minority Studies  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--Archaeology  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Chinese  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
Immigrants  Search this
Japanese  Search this
Race relations  Search this
History  Search this
Antiquités  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156406

Chinese American transnationalism the flow of people, resources, and ideas between China and America during the exclusion era edited by Sucheng Chan

Editor:
Chan, Sucheng  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (xvi, 294 pages)
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2006
Topic:
Chinese Americans--Ethnic identity  Search this
Chinese Americans--History  Search this
Transnationalism  Search this
Américains d'origine chinoise--Identité ethnique  Search this
Américains d'origine chinoise--Histoire  Search this
Transnationalisme  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--Ethnic Studies--Asian American Studies  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--General  Search this
Chinese Americans  Search this
Emigration and immigration--Social aspects  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
Social aspects  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156422

Chino Anti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940 Jason Oliver Chang

Author:
Chang, Jason Oliver  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
History
Place:
Mexico
Mexique
Latin America
Mexiko
Date:
2017
Topic:
Chinese--History  Search this
Race discrimination--History  Search this
Immigrants--History  Search this
Chinois--Histoire  Search this
Discrimination raciale--Histoire  Search this
HISTORY  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--General  Search this
Race discrimination  Search this
Immigrants  Search this
Emigration and immigration--Government policy  Search this
Chinese  Search this
Asians  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Rassismus  Search this
Chinesen  Search this
Asiatiques--Histoire  Search this
Asiatiques--Relations interethniques  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
Government policy  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156424

Korean wild geese families gender, family, social, and legal dynamics of middle-class Asian transnational families in North America Se Hwa Lee

Author:
Lee, Se Hwa 1978-  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (x, 259 pages) color illustrations
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
History
Place:
United States
Canada
États-Unis
Pays étrangers
Korea
Corée
Date:
2021
Topic:
Korean Americans--History  Search this
Koreans--History  Search this
Families--History  Search this
Korean diaspora  Search this
Américains d'origine coréenne--Histoire  Search this
Coréens--Histoire  Search this
Familles--Histoire  Search this
Coréens  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
Families  Search this
Korean Americans  Search this
Koreans  Search this
Émigration et immigration  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1156458

Catherine Hann Papers

Creator:
Hann, Catherine (Huynh bach Thuy)  Search this
Names:
United Nations. Office of the High Commissioner for Human RIghts.  Search this
United States Catholic Conference. Migration and Refugee Services  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Interviews
Oral histories (document genres)
Correspondence
Identity cards
Diaries
Audiotapes
Checkbooks
Date:
1953-2006
Summary:
Papers relating to Catherine Hann's life in Vietnam (1953-1981), her flight by boat to Malaysia and stay at Pulau Bidong refugee camp (February --September 1981), her immigration to the United States (September 1981), and her work in Maryland as a circuit board assembler, manicurist and esthetician.
Scope and Contents:
The Catherine Hann Papers are divided into five series: Life in Vietnam, pre-1981; Stay in Malaysia, 1981; United States, 1981-2006; Oral History Interviews, 2002, 2006; and Photographs, 1955-2005.

Series 1 consists of four documents from Hann's life in Vietnam: an official copy of Hann's 1953 birth certificate, her college student ID, her Gia Long High School student ID and her 1974 South Vietnamese identity card.

Series 2 documents Hann's stay in the Pulau Bidong refugee camp off the coast of Malaysia and her family's medical processing in Kuala Lumpur. Especially interesting is a small diary Hann kept in 1981 documenting the building of the fishing boat, the voyage in the Gulf of Thailand, the stay at Pulau Bidong and Kuala Lumpur, and the family's first few months in the United States. There is an English translation of the diary. Other materials in this series include letters sent by relatives and friends to Hann in the refugee camp, papers documenting a family member's attempt to sponsor the family in the U.S., and hand-made Certificates of Commendation awarded to Hann's husband for his work in the refugee camp. The original letter with attached photographs from the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur granting permission for the family to immigrate is included.

Series 3 describes Hann's life in the United States as she transitioned from refugee to financially successful American citizen. Uncommon pieces of ephemera are cancelled checks repaying a loan from the United States Catholic Conference for the purchase of plane tickets from Malaysia to the United States. Also included are papers from Hann's seventeen years in the electronics industry, textbooks for manicurist training, a ledger and checkbook from Hann's short-lived Nails & Beauty Spa, Inc., and daily schedules with earnings from her current job at Totally Polished.

Series 4 consists of the original audiocassettes, reference CDs and typed transcript of an oral history conducted by Susan B. Strange, associate curator, with Hann on March 7, 2006, as well as a typed transcript of a December 14, 2002, interview with Hann conducted by Daniel Ekman, a student at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.

Original photographs in Series 5 document Hann's life in Vietnam, her husband's work in the refugee camp, the family's departure from Pulau Bidong, and Hann at work at Fairchild Space Co. Also in Series 5 is a folder with photocopies of seven photographs taken in 2005 by a Smithsonian staff member of Hann working at her manicure table. Smithsonian negative numbers are included with the photocopies; releases from the photographer, Hann, and the woman having a manicure, are in the Archives Center's control file for this collection. In the same folder are photocopies of five photographs (originals retained by Hann) showing Hann's life in Vietnam; the Archives Center scan number is printed on each photocopy. Hann granted copyright in these five photographs to the National Museum of American History on April 22, 2006; the release form is in the Archives Center's control file.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into five series with chronological arrangement.

Series 1: Life in Vietnam, 1953-1981

Series 2: Stay in Malaysia, 1981

Series 3: United States, 1981-2006

Series 4: Oral History Interviews, 2002, 2006

Series 5: Photographs, 1955-2005
Biographical / Historical:
Catherine Hann was born in Saigon, State of Vietnam, on November 14, 1953 as Huynh bach Thuy. (She changed her name to Catherine Hann when she became a naturalized American citizen on June 19, 1987.) Hann, her parents and younger siblings lived in Saigon where her father worked as an instructor at Truong Quan Y, a South Vietnamese Army medical school. In 1968 Hann's family moved further south to Rach-Gia in Kien Giang province to care for Hann's recently-widowed paternal grandmother. Hann, the eldest of twelve children, stayed behind in Saigon, living with a great-uncle, so that she could continue attending Gia Long High School, one of the most prestigious and academically challenging public schools for girls in the country.

After graduation from Gia Long in 1973, Hann attended the University of Science in Saigon where she studied to become a biologist. In 1975, Hann's father, who had worked in a South Vietnamese military hospital in Rach-Gia since his arrival there in 1968, was sent to a "re-education camp." Hann returned to Rach-Gia to be with her mother and to help support the family. She then began attending a teacher training program in Rach-Gia where she trained as a biology teacher. At the training program, Hann met Han Huu Vinh who became her husband in 1976. After graduation, Hann taught biology in a high school in Rach-Gia while her husband taught mathematics in the same school. Their son, Kinh, was born in 1977.

In addition to supplementing the family income with her teacher salary, she also purchased unprocessed rice or "rough rice," had it milled, and sold the resulting white rice. To make a little more money for the family, the hulls and other residue from the milling process were sold as hog food. The future looked bleak, and Hann and her husband decided to take their young son and flee the country.

After two failed attempts to escape by boat, the Hanns were luckier the third time. A family friend obtained permission to build a fishing boat, a small wooden craft only 11.5 meters by 2.1 meters. Hann's family, one of the initiators and organizers of the scheme to use the fishing boat as a means of escape, hired a man who had served in the South Vietnamese Navy to navigate. At 2:05 a.m. on the morning of February 14, 1981, ninety-two people left Rach-Gia on the overloaded boat and headed southwest. Three days later the fishing vessel, towing another boat found stranded after being attacked by pirates, docked at Pulau Bidong, an island off the coast of Malaysia. After five months in the United Nations refugee camp on Pulau Bidong, Hann, husband, son, brother, and husband's nephew were taken to Kuala Lumpur for processing in preparation for immigration to the United States.

Hann's husband's sister, a naturalized American living in Rockville, Maryland, was their sponsor, and on September 11, 1981, the five-member family group arrived in the United States. The five continued to live together for about four years before Hann's brother and her husband's nephew went out on their own. After being on welfare and receiving intensive English-language training, Hann and her husband gradually became self-sufficient. Hann's first job was working in the cafeteria at Montgomery College in Rockville which she left to work at Denro Labs doing electronic assembly. Hann's husband's first job was at Solarex testing solar panels.

After almost ten years in the electronic assembly field, a Vietnamese friend encouraged Hann to train as a manicurist, and in 1992 Hann graduated from the Aesthetics Institute of Cosmetology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. At first she only manicured her own nails, but a year or so later Hann began working on Saturdays at a busy nail salon while continuing to work full-time in the electronics industry. When she learned that doing facials and waxing was faster and more profitable than doing manicures, Hann obtained training and a license to become an esthetician. After her week-day employer, Orbital Science Corp., moved to Sterling, Virginia, in 2000, a long commute for Hann, she started working full-time as an esthetician and manicurist at Totally Polished in Potomac, Maryland.

Hann works six days a week at Totally Polished, and on her day off she spends the morning doing manicures and waxing for private clients in their homes. This hard work has enabled Hann and her husband to pay off the mortgage on their single-family house in Gaithersburg and purchase a rental house in Florida. Their only child, Kinh, also has done well, earning a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland and now (2006) working on his PhD in biomedical engineering. Kinh is employed by Digene Corporation; he bought a house three years ago; and, as his mother proudly states, he drives a brand new BMW. Hann's stated reason for fleeing her country was "for my son's future;" the family's hard work and sacrifices seem to have made her hopes come true.
Separated Materials:
In 2005, the Division of Work and Industry collected manicure tools and soldering test equipment from Hann; in 2006 the division collected facial and waxing-related objects from Hann. Clothing worn on the boat fleeing Vietnam was donated in 2006 to the Division of Home and Community Life, along with tweezers Hann purchased in Saigon and carried throughout her immigration experience. The wedding of Kinh Hann to Leila Poursedehi in 2008 is documented in the Archives Center Weddings Documentation Collection, collection number 1131. The Vietnamese wedding dress that Leila Poursedehi wore at their wedding dinner was donated to the costume collection in the Division of Home and Community Life in 2008.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Catherine Hann, March 18, 2006.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
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Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 2000-2010
Interviews
Oral histories (document genres)
Correspondence
Identity cards
Photographs -- 1950-2000
Diaries -- 20th century
Audiotapes
Checkbooks
Citation:
Catherine Hann Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0921
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep85731561f-8d9f-426e-87e6-76c6c86e99d3
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