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Southeast Asian Archive Ambassadors

The UCI Libraries established a Southeast Asian Archive Advisory Board in 1993. The Board was created to assist the founding SEAA Research Librarian, Anne Frank, with outreach in the SEAA communities and to provide leadership and advocacy for the burgeoning archive.

The UCI Libraries SEAA Ambassadors was established in 2015 as a group of scholars, community leaders, and affiliates identified by the UCI Libraries as advocates for the distinctive resources and activities of the Southeast Asian Archive, part of Special Collections & Archives. SEAA Ambassadors reflect the diverse identities and histories represented in the collections of the UCI Libraries SEAA.

The UCI Libraries SEAA Ambassadors

  • Serve as advocates for the UCI Libraries SEAA and promote the interests of the SEAA in the community
  • Assist in organizing and co-sponsoring events and programs to increase awareness of the UCI Libraries SEAA
  • Serve as scholarly and community resources for the UCI Libraries SEAA

SEAA Ambassadors:


Jeff Brody
Professor of Communications
California State University, Fullerton




Carina Hoang
Post Graduate Researcher
Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute




Caylee So
Founder/Director of Cambodia Town Film Festival
Writer/Director/Producer at Innovision Pictures




Eliza Noh
Associate Professor and coordinator of Asian American Studies
California State University, Fullerton




Yen Le Espiritu
Distinguished Professor of Ethnic Studies
University of California, San Diego




Anne Frank
Founding Librarian for the UCI Libraries Southeast Asian Archive (retired)




Jack Toan
UCI Alumnae Association member & Chair of Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors




Jonathan H.X. Lee
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies

San Francisco State University




Lan Duong
Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies

University of California, Riverside




Linda Trinh Vo
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine

Director of Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project




praCH Ly
Musician, Filmmaker, Activist
Co-founder of Cambodia Town Film Festival, Long Beach




Roy Vu
Coordinator of History at North Lake College




Sara Pol-Lim
Former Executive Director of United Cambodian Community, Long Beach




Seng Alex Vang
Lecturer in the Merritt Writing Program at UC Merced
Hmong Story 40 Board




Thai Dinh
Editor and Assistant Publisher
Nguoi Viet Daily News




Tram Le
Associate Director

Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project at UC Irvine




Tu-Uyen Nguyen
Assosiate Professor of Asian American Studies
California State University, Fullerton




Viet Thanh Nguyen

Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California




Bao Nguyen
Former Mayor of Garden Grove,California
UCI Alumnus




Ysa Le
Executive Director
Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA)




Cathy Schlund-Vials
President, Association for Asian American Studies

Associate Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies
University of Connecticut, Storrs




Prany Sananikone
Director of Diversity Relations and Educational Programs
Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at the University of California, Irvine




Christina J. Woo
 Research Librarian, UCI Libraries




Mary Anne Foo
Executive Director,
Orange County AsianPacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)