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Southeast Asian Digital Archive

Preserving & Sharing Our Histories

The UMass Lowell Southeast Asian Digital Archive is a community-centered archive of cultural heritage materials from Southeast Asian American communities in the greater Lowell, Mass., region.

Mission Statement:

The Southeast Asian Digital Archive seeks to collect, preserve, and share historical materials related to Southeast Asians in the Greater Lowell area, with particular focus on refugee resettlement and community building from the 1970s to the present. Our goal is to highlight Southeast Asian voices and viewpoints, and to educate the public about the resilience and diversity of Southeast Asian Americans.

At SEADA, we believe that it is important to preserve the histories of Southeast Asian communities in their own voices. By collecting, preserving, and sharing these stories, SEADA seeks to contribute to the understanding of Southeast Asians in the US.

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This project is made possible by support from: the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the UMass Creative Economy Initiatives Fund, the Lowell Cultural Council, the Chancellor’s 2020 Challenge Grant and donors like you.

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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