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 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

last update: May 2022

  • Steve Arounsack, filmmaker and producer, Professor, California State University, Stanislaus
  • Lian Cheun, Executive Director, Khmer Girls in Action
  • Quyen Dinh,  Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
  • Lan Duong, Associate Professor, Bryan Singer Division of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Southern California
  • 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)
  • Mary Anne Foo, Executive Director, Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
  • Aleena Inthaly, Chief of Staff, Legacies of War
  • Tram Le, Arts & Culture Specialist, City of Santa Ana
  • Ysa Le, Executive Director, Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA)
  • Jonathan H. X. Lee, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University
  • praCH Ly, Musician, Filmmaker, Activist, and Co-founder of Cambodia Town Film Festival, Long Beach
  • Carina Hoang, Post Graduate Researcher, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute
  • Sue Kim, Associate Dean, College of FAHSS, & Co-Director, Center for Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Tu-Uyen Nguyen, Associate 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
  • Vattana Peong, Executive Director, The Cambodian Family Community Center
  • Sara Pol-Lim, Former Executive Director of United Cambodian Community, Long Beach
  • Sophea Seng, Assistant Professor in Asian American Studies, California State University, Long Beach
  • Davorn Sisavath, Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
  • Caylee So, Founder/Director of Cambodia Town Film Festival, Writer/Director/Producer at Innovision Pictures
  • Christine Su, Coordinator for Career Services and Student Success, College of San Mateo; author and community activist
  • Eric Tang, Associate Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies Department, Faculty Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis, University of Texas, Austin
  • Khatharya Um, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies/Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program, Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Seng Alex Vang, Lecturer in the Merritt Writing Program at UC Merced, Hmong Story 40
  • Linda Trinh Vo, Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine, Director of Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project
  • Thúy Võ Đặng, Professor, Department of Information Studies, UCLA; former curator for the Southeast Asian Archive
  • Roy Vu, Coordinator of History at North Lake College