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Southeast Asian Digital Archive

Creating a sustainable, user-friendly repository of cultural heritage materials from Southeast Asian American communities.

The UMass Lowell Southeast Asian Digital Archive seeks to create a sustainable, user-friendly repository of cultural heritage materials from Southeast Asian American communities in the Lowell, Mass. region.

These materials document experiences of Southeast Asian Americans in the region for over four decades. Our goal is to use a number innovative, efficient digitization and processing technologies to provide a resource to scholars, teachers, students, and community members.

This project is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the UMass Creative Economy Initiatives Fund, the Lowell Cultural Council, and the Chancellor’s 2020 Challenge Grant.

Initial collection items have been uploaded to the Internet Archive, and additional materials are available at the Center for Lowell History. 

Learn more about this project's background.

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Project Partners

UMass Lowell’s Center for Asian American Studies and Libraries are excited to partner with the following organizations on this project:

The mission of the Angkor Dance Troupe is to connect communities through the preservation, education and innovation of Cambodian Performing Arts.

Angkor Dance Troupe

The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc. (CMAA) is a not-for-profit Massachusetts corporation founded in 1984.

Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Lowell

The KhmerPost USA, LLC is an independent newspaper that aims to facilitate mass communication among the Cambodian communities, their neighboring communities, and families. We aim to address local, community, and national news; and give an insight into Cambodia & global news. We also strive to bridge the language and cultural gaps and reduce social isolation by publishing in Khmer & English. It published twice a month in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Khmer Post USA

Lowell National Historical Park is a National Historical Park of the United States located in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Lowell National Historical Park

SayDaNar Community Development Center was founded officially in 2012 and grew out of a network of volunteers, previously known in the city of Lowell as the Burma Volunteer Group (BVG). SayDaNar, with an experienced pool of volunteers including professionals of Burmese origin and people who have worked in Burma and in the refugee camps in Thailand, is well placed to support refugees from Burma to bridge the language and cultural barriers that otherwise inhibit community contribution, participation, and growth in the city of Lowell and Massachusetts.

SayDaNar Community Development Center

The Tsongas Industrial History Center provides unique educational programs and professional development at the Lowell National Historical Park for elementary, secondary and post-secondary students and teachers.

Tsongas Industrial History Center

Lao Family Mutual Assistance Association