The SEADA seeks to collect the stories of Southeast Asian Americans in their own words. Please check back as we develop our oral history project.
The Southeast Asian Digital Archive (SEADA) Oral History Project was launched at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Southeast Asian Digital Archive in the summer of 2019. The purpose of SEADA Oral History Project is to collect, preserve, and share personal accounts from Southeast Asians living in the Greater Lowell, Massachusetts, area. The goal is to preserve these stories and make them accessible to younger generations of Southeast Asian American; to researchers in Southeast Asian American studies; to teachers and students of all backgrounds; and to the general public. Now more than ever, the stories of Southeast Asian refugees – of their struggles and successes, of their diverse histories – are necessary to understanding the history of Lowell and of the US.
Currently, the oral history project mainly includes interviews with Southeast Asians who arrived in the Greater Lowell, Massachusetts, area during 1970-1990s. To a smaller extent, the project also includes Southeast Asians and individuals who worked with Southeast Asian communities covering the geographical region of Massachusetts.
We are especially interested in stories of how Southeast Asians moved into the Greater Lowell area, of how individuals and families orientated themselves to and transformed the city, and how they went about living their lives, making homes, creating families, and building communities.
Oral history interviews are actively sought on the following areas:
Oral history interviews conducted for this project are accessible online.
For more information: please contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.