Southeast Asian Archive: Research

Researching the Southeast Asian American Experience

Archives, Manuscripts, Books, and Rare Materials

You can search the entirety of our Southeast Asian Archive general collection, special collections, and archival materials using UCI Library Search and/or the Online Archive of California. For more information about finding, accessing, and using these materials, please visit Special Collections & Archives

General Research

Key resources including articles, books, and newspapers can be found in the Southeast Asian Diaspora Studies UCI Libraries' LibGuide.

Major Topics

The collections are broad and interdisciplinary in documenting the social, cultural, religious, political, and economic life of the diasporic people of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Major subjects are listed in the Southeast Asian Diaspora Studies UCI Libraries' LibGuide and can be browsed within Library Search.


  • Amerasians
  • Cambodian Americans
  • Hmong Americans
  • Hmong (Asian people)
  • Indochinese Americans
  • Khmers
  • Laotian Americans
  • Laotians
  • Pacific Islander Americans
  • Southeast Asian Americans
  • Vietnamese Americans
  • Yao


  • Laos
  • Cambodia
  • Little Saigon
  • Orange County
  • Southeast Asia
  • Vietnam
  • Westminster (Calif.)


  • Academic achievement
  • Acculturation
  • Adjustment (Psychology)
  • American Literature
    • Vietnamese American authors
    • Hmong American authors
    • Cambodian American authors
  • Cambodian American …
  • Children of immigrants
  • Civil rights
  • Cross-cultural comparison
  • Depression
  • Documentary
  • Education
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Health attitudes
  • Health behavior
  • Hmong American …
  • Human rights
  • Immigrants
  • Laotian American …
  • Mental health services
  • Multicultural education
  • Multiculturalism
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Older people
  • Older Vietnamese Americans
  • Parenting
  • Political atrocities
  • Political prisoners – Vietnam
  • Political refugees
  • Refugee camps
  • Refugee children
  • Refugees
  • Small business
  • Southeast Asian American …
  • Traditional medicine
  • Transcultural medical care
  • Vietnam – Emigration and immigration
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnamese American …
  • Women refugees
  • Yao American …


Vertical Files (Newsletters, Brochures, etc.)

The Vertical Files are a vast collection of newspaper and journal articles, newsletters, and ephemera (fliers, brochures, pamphlets, programs, etc.) that occupy more than 55 file drawers in the Archive.  Most materials are in English; the files also include an extensive collection of newsletters in Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian.

The following subjects are among those best represented; please refer to the Southeast Asian Archive Vertical File Finding Aid for additional topics.

  • Asian American organizations
  • Business and business people
  • Cambodian American organizations
  • College students
  • Communities
  • Education
  • Employment and unemployment
  • Films and filmmaking
  • Gangs
  • Health and medical care
  • Hmong American organizations
  • Laotian American organizations
  • Literature
  • Mental health and mental health professionals
  • Music and musicians
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Politics and politicians
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Refugees
  • Resettlement experiences
  • Social services and social service providers
  • Southeast Asian American organizations
  • Vietnamese American organizations
  • Women
  • Youth