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Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA) Collection (1849B) Finding Aid

Item Number: 1849B0000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

The Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association Collection contains 63 linear-feet of immigration applications, correspondence, and general office documents. The collection consists of Orderly Departure Program (ODP) Application Files, which document evidence of eligibility for immigration to the U.S. and other countries through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) ODP, correspondence sent to and from the FVPPA, planning documents for reunions and celebrations, and general office documents. These records include: ODP application forms; sponsor letters; prisoner release documents; personal letters; photos; civilian identification papers; passports; birth, marriage, and death records; educational certificates; military records; minutes; agendas; legal documents; and other relevant documents.

Collection Introduction The Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA) campaigned for the release of re-education camp prisoners in Vietnam. The association’s records document the individual stories of approximately 3,702 applicants for the ODP. In its work on behalf of political prisoners and refugees, the FVPPA undertook a public awareness campaign, an outreach program, and also acted as an information center for Vietnamese immigrants.

Provenance of the collection In March of 2012 Mrs. Khuc Minh Tho, President and co-founder of the FVPPA, donated to Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Archive 63 linear-feet of documents created and collected by the FVPPA.

ODP Application Files Introduction The application files are not in alphabetical order. The files are arranged in the order in which they were found in the original donation. The applications contain individual documents that date from 1905 to 2001. The documents include: ODP applications; letters of introduction (LOI) from applicants and/or their sponsors; Vietnamese political prisoners’ Certificate of Release from re- education camp; personal letters; letters from family members; letters from sponsors; photos of applicants and their family members; copies of passports; copies of exit visas; copies of Vietnamese identification cards; residency and household records from an applicant’s local Vietnamese police department; marriage, birth, and death records; educational certificates; military training certificates; military awards; professional training certificates; letters of recommendation for employment; humanitarian operation (HO) papers; copies of alien resident cards; copies of Social Security cards; and medical records. When necessary, documents with personal information such as Social Security numbers and/or medical information have been removed and replaced with sanitized copies of documents.

Notes about Vietnamese names The names of the applicants are written in the Vietnamese order: last name/surname, middle name, first name. If the applicant had a known alias it is noted on the file.

Arrangement The name of the principal applicant is the name given on the file. The names of family members will also be listed. If the widow of a deceased principal applicant applied, the file is listed with her name first, followed by that of her deceased husband. If the children of a principal applicant were orphans when they applied, the file is listed under their names. Dates will be given in day-month-year order.

The files range from 1985-1999. The majority of application forms are from 1989- 1994. Another large group of applications are from 1996-1999 after the McCain Amendment (Section 595 H.R. 3540) was enacted in July of 1996, the majority of which are found in boxes 24-26. Most Amerasian applicants are found in boxes 24- 26.

An application form contains: the applicant’s name and date of birth, IV and VEWL numbers, their Vietnamese address, their sponsor’s name and date of birth and contact information; the relationship between the sponsor and the applicant; the contact information of the closest relative(s) or acquaintance(s) of the applicant in the U.S. and Vietnam; the military rank or U.S. employee position of the applicant; the names, addresses, and dates of birth of family members the applicant wished to have emigrate with them; and the dates and names of the re-education camp(s) in which the applicant was incarcerated.

Correspondence Files Introduction The Correspondence series consists of 6 linear feet of letters, faxes, and emails sent from and to the FVPPA from 1974 to 2011. Arrangement The Correspondence series is organized into Incoming Correspondence and Outgoing Correspondence. The files within the series are arranged alphabetically by last name. Vietnamese names have been put in order of first name, middle name, and surname to prevent confusion when viewed alongside English names.

Events, Interviews, and Speeches Files Introduction The Events, Interviews, and Speeches series consists of 7 linear feet of documents from 1984 to 2012. The documents include planning documents and correspondence for events held or sponsored by the FVPPA, interviews of Khuc Minh Tho, and speeches given at the various events. The bulk of the collection pertains to the American Appreciation Day held in Houston, Texas in July, 1999, the Vietnamese Political Prisoners Reunion held in Dallas, Texas in October, 2008, and the Remember Our Heroic Father’s Day held in Washington, D.C., in June 2009.

Arrangement The Events, Interviews, and Speeches series is organized by event, followed by speeches and then interviews. The events are arranged by the date of the event while the speeches and interviews are arranged by date if given.

Office Files Introduction The Office series consists of 12 linear feet of documents from 1984 to 2010. The documents include minutes of meetings, agendas, FVPPA Board of Directors Election meetings, financial documents, reference and research material, template documents, contact lists, and general office documents. Important subjects include the McCain Amendment, Vietnamese refugees in the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia, resettlement to Canada, and the Amerasian Homecoming Act.

Arrangement The Office series is arranged by the subseries mentioned above with each subseries in date order.

Dates

  • 05 August 2013
Title
Finding Aid
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Books

Chien Tranh Tin Hoc, Phung Ngoc An Tran Phu

The Dust of Life: America's Children Abandoned in Vietnam, Robert S. McKelvey, 1999

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Maps

Map of Reeducation Camps and Prisons in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Dia Diem Trai Tu Cai Tao Tren Lanh Tho VN Sau Ngay Ngay 30 Thang 04 Nam 1975, Aurora Foundation, 1988. Location: Section 11, Drawer 12, Folder 5.

Map of Reeducation Camps and Prisons in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Aurora Foundation, 1988. (3 Copies) Location: Section 11, Drawer 12, Folder 5.

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Posters

1849Bmuseum4531. Includes section of Vietnamese poem, author and title not listed. No Nuoc Chua Xong Dau DaBac. Duoi Trang May DoTuot Guom Mai. Artist is D. Thuan (Thuan Tran ).

1849Bmuseum4532, December 18, 2009 Musical Concert. Fundraiser for Flood Victims in Central Vietnam through Love Across the Ocean. Da Tiec. Thuong Ve Mien Trung. Gay Quy Cuu Tro Nan Nhan Bao Lut Mien Trung.

1849Bmuseum4533, Va Co (Flag). Includes a poem by Nguyen Thi Xuan Loc and the gold print signature of Nguyen Ngoc Hanh.

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Museum Objects

1849Bmuseum4523, Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association's wooden control stamp

1849Bmusuem4524a-b, Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association's wooden address stamp (2 copies)

1849Bmuseum4525a-b, Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association yellow key chain (2 copies)

1849Bmuseum4529a-b, Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association blue key chain (2 copies)

1849Bmuseum45230, Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association red key chain

1849Bmuseum4535-4547. 13 embroidered Thai silks.

1849bmuseum4618- Plaque to Khuc Minh Tho from HCTNCT Tai Oklahoma

1849bmuseum4619- Plaque with a photo of a FVPPA Annual Award Dinner

1849bmuseum4620- Plaque with a photo of Robert Funseth at FVPPA Reunion (March 1990)

1849bmuseum4621- Plaque with a photo of John McCain and Khuc Minh Tho shaking hands at a FVPPA event

1849bmuseum4622- Plaque with a photo of John McCain and representatives of FVPPA

1849bmuseum4623- Plaque with a photo of the 'guest house' where the agreements for Vietnamese political prisoners to be allowed to the US where signed

1849bmuseum4624- Plaque with a photo of the 12th Anniversary of the Imprisonment of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Reception

1849bmuseum4625- Plaque with a photo of President Reagan signing the Human Rights Day Proclamation

1848bmuseum4626- Plaque with a map of re-education camps and prisons in Socialist Republic of Vietnam

1849bmuseum4627- Plaque with a photo of Khuc Minh Tho and Senator Boschwitz

1849bmuseum4628- Award of Recognition to FVPPA from Migration and Refugee Sevices

1849bmuseum4629- The America Appreciation Day Committee Award to Khuc Minh Tho

1849bmuseum4630- Certificate of Appreciation to Khuc Minh Tho from the Republic of Vietnam Veterans Association at Austin on July 25, 1990.

1848bmuseum4631- Award to Khuc Minh Tho from the Coalition of Nationalist Vietnamese Organizations in Northern California 1989.

1849bmuseum4632-Plaque with a framed Christmas card from Robert Funseth to Khuc Minh Tho 1990.

1849bmuseum4633- Plaque with a framed card and photo from Robert Funseth to Khuc Minh Tho in May 1993.

1849bmuseum4634- Blue Plaque with a gold medallion inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Nhi Nu thuong trong lam the Thien Quyen Anh Kiet hoi bao nhieu Het long tan tuy dat diu Mot Tay Tram Ho mong trieu sang ngoi Kinh Tang Ba Khuc Minh Tho'.

18749bmuseum4635- Wooden plaque with a blue and gold plate inscribed with Vietnamese that reads 'Ting Hoi Cuu Tu Nhan Chinh Tri CSVN Luu Niem'.

1849bmuseum4636- Plaque with a Certificate of Official Resolution for Khuc Minh Tho from the City of Boston City Council on January 22, 2006.

1849bmuseum4637- Plaque with a photo of Khuc Minh Tho and six unidentified people at the U.S. Congress Museum.

1849bmuseum4638- Lifetime Achievement Award to Khuc Minh Tho from The National Congress of Vietnamese Americans in September 2006.

1849bmuseum4639- Lifetime Achievement Award to Khuc Minh Tho from the Vietnamese American Hertitage Foundation presented at the Celebration of the Vietnamese-American Journey Event.

1849bmuseum4640- Plaque of Appreciation presented to Khuc Minh Tho from The Families of The Vietnamese Former Political Prisoners Friendship Association of Pennsylvania on April 6, 2008.

1849bmuseum4641- Wooden plaque with black and gold plates inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Hoi H.O. Houston Texas Chan Thanh Tri An Ba Khuc Minh Tho 2009'.

1849bmuseum4642- Small plaque with gold plates inscribed in Vietnamese that reads ' Gia Dinh Cuu Tu Chinh Tri Ai Tu Binh Dien Bac California Chan Thanh Tri An Ba Khuc Minh Tho 2012'.

1849bmuseum4643- Large Plaque with a clock at the top and a red and gold plate inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Kinh tang Ba Khuc Minh Tho 2006'.

1849bmuseum4644- Wooden Plaque with a gold medallion that is inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Luu Niem 61 Nam Ngay thanh Lap Truong Vo Khoa Thu Duc 1951-2012'.

1849bmuseum4645- White plaque with a blue plate inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Doan Cuu Nu Canh Sat Quoc Gia Vietnam Cong Hoa Tri An Ba Khuc Minh Tho California 9-9-2007'.

1849bmuseum4646- Wooden plaque with a gold medallion and gold plate inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Ky Niem De I Chu Nien Ngay thanh Lap Hoi Tuong Tro Nguoi Viet Nam Ty Nan Kinh Tang Hoi Gia Dinh Cuu Tu Nhan Chinh Tri Viet Nam July 1994'.

1849bmuseum4647- Wooden plaque with a green and gold plate inscribed with Vietnamese that reads 'Chan Thanh Cam Ta Ba Khuc Minh Tho'.

1849bmuseum4648- Framed copy of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005.

1849bmuseum4649- Certificate of Appreciation for Khuc Minh Tho from Arlington County, Virginia presented on October 30, 1999.

1849bmuseum4650- Wooden plaque with black and gold plates inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Hoi Cuu Tu Nhan Chinh Tri Viet Nam Georgia Tran Trong Ghi Nhan Ba Khuc Minh Tho'.

1849bmuseum4651- White marble plaque with a black plate inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Bang Tri An Tran trong tri an Ba Khuc Minh Tho Dallas, Fort Worth July 24, 2005'.

1849bmuseum4652- Wooden plaque with a gold plate inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Hoi Cuu Tu Nhan Chanh Tri Viet Nam Tieu Bang Massachuesetts tran trong cam on Ba Khuc Minh Tho 2006'.

1849bmuseum4653- Wooden plaque with a blue plate inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Tong Hoi Canh Sat Quoc Gia Vietn Nam Cong Hoa Kinh Tang Ba Khuc Minh Tho, 2002'.

1849bmuseum4654- Wooden plaque with a black plate and gold medallion inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Hoi Cuu Tu Nhan Chinh Tri Viet Nam tai Colorado Tri An Ba Khuc Minh Tho, 2008'.

1849bmuseum4655- Wooden plaque with a blu plate and gold medallion inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Tri An Ba Khuc Minh Tho Nhu mot guong sang cho Cong Dong Viet Nam trong viec tranh dau quyen loi cho nguoi Viet'.

1849bmuseum4656- Wooden plaque with a gold plate inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Hoi Cuu Tu Nhan Chinh Tri Viet Nam Tai Tucson, Arizona Thanh that biet on chi Khuc Minh Tho 1999'.

1849bmuseum4657- White marble plaque with a blue plate inscribed in Vietnamese that reads 'Cuu Tu Nhan Chinh Tri Dallas Fort-Worth va cac vung phu can chan thanh Cam ta va Tri an: Ba Khuc Minh Tho'.

1849Bmuseum5331 - Pen presented to the FVPPA by Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Robert L. Funseth

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Newsletters

Ban Tin Cong Dong: 1995: April 30

Dan Toc: 1996: March, April

Hung Viet: Issue 1, Issue 11

Refugee Voices: 1996: September

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Serials

Ban Tin Truong Xua: 2002: Spring

But Viet: 2004: May 14

Catholic University of America Magazine: 1998: Winter

Dac San Binh Duong: 2004: Winter

Dac San Luc Luong Si Quan Thu-Duc QLVNCH: 2008 (2)
2009

Dai Chung: 2003: January 31
2004: May 15

Doi Moi: 2004: June 25
2008: November 14 (3)

Doi Nay: 2004: February 26

Dong Phuong: 2002: Spring

Hai Van News: 2007: October 24

Hoa Thinh Don Viet Bao: 2007: December 21
2013: March 14

Hon Viet: 1995: June

The Hurricane: 1971: Spring

Kien Thuc: 2008: November 6

Ky Nguyen Moi: 2007: December (3)

Mach Song: 2007: November

Ngay Nay: 1999: August 1 (2), September 1 (3)
2007: November 11
2008: September 1, October 1
2009: January 15

Nguoi Viet: 2004: May 14, June 15
2005: November 11
2008: February 6, February 13 (3), February 20 (3), June 20, August 8, September 12, September 26, October 3, October 31
2009: January 9
2013: March 8

Nguon Viet: 2007: April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7
2008: January 4, February, March 7, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5

Nguyet San But Tre: 2007: November

Nguyet San Chinh Viet: 2007: October
2008: April

Saigon Nho: 1998: August 21
2004: June 18, June 25 (2)
2007: December 28 (3)

Song Than: 1999: September 18
2004: March 4

Tap Chi Song Than: 2009: April 7

Tap Chi Thoi Dai: 2004: March 18

Tap Chi Van Nghe Tien Phong: 1988: January 31, February 15
1996: March 31
2003: January 15, November 30, December 15
2004: July 31
2007: October 15, October 31
2009: July 16

The Gioi: 1994: December 16

The Gioi Ngay Nay: 1994: November/December
2004: Fall

Thoi Bao: 2007: February 9, September 14, November 2 (2)
2008: February 21

Thu-Do Thoi Bao: 1997: October 1
1999: September 17
2003: June 27, July 2, December 26

Thuong Mai Mien Dong: 2001: December 28
2004: February 13 (2)
2007: December 21

Tieng Chuong: 1998: January 17

Tieng Vang: 2004: July 16

Time: 1998: April 6

Tin Lien Truong: 2008: Summer (2)

Tre: 2007: December 21 (3)
2008: January 8, March 14, August 1, August 29, October 9, October 10, October 24 (3), November 21, December 5, December 19
2009: January 2, January 16, February 13 (2), February 27, March 13 (3), April 24 (3), May 8, June 19

Tuan Bao Mo: 2004: June 19

U.S. Viet-Times: 1999: August (3)

Viet Bao Xuan Mau Dan: 1998

Van Hoa: 2004: July

VietHome: 2004: June

Viet My: 2008: October 24, November 14

Viet Times: 2008: May 2

The Washington Post Magazine: 1985: April 21

Xuan Binh Tuat: 2006 (2)

Xuan Mau Ty: 2008

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