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Orderly Departure Program (ODP) Application Files

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Scope Note: Orderly Departure Program (ODP) Application Files

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Embroidered Thai silk. The black silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicted is of two figures, one white and one green, running through a grassy area with a flower that has two buds, one red and

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Embroidered Thai silk. The blue silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicted is of two figures, one green and one purple, in a chariot being pulled by a green animal. The green figure is standing in

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Embroidered Thai silk kept in a box marked Tran Vai Lua. The blue silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicts two white figures. One figure is climbing over a green and red brick wall beside a tree.

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Embroidered Thai silk kept in a box labeled Tran Vai Lua. The brown silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicted is of two figures. One green and one blue. The blue figure is holding a sword and

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Embroidered Thai silk kept in a box labeled Tran Vai Lua. The blue silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicted is of two elephants, one red and green, and 10 figures locked in battle. Each elephant

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Embroidered Thai silk kept in a box labeled Tran Vai Lua. The blue silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicted is of two figures, one green and one white, locked in battle on a raring gold horse. The

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Embroidered Thai silk kept in a box labeled Tran Vai Lua. The blue silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicted is of a green and white figure swimming underwater with a mermaid. The mermaid has a red

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Embroidered Thai silk kept in a box labeled Tran Vai Lua. The blue silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicted is of three figures, one large white female, one small gold, and one small white

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Lua. The blue silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicted is of of two white female figures kneeling on a table. Each figure is playing a stringed instrument. One uses a bow to play her instrument

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Embroidered Thai silk kept in a box labeled Tran Vai Lua. The blue silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicted is of two figures. One green and one purple. The purple figure is holding a sword and

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Embroidered Thai silk kept in a box labeled Tran Vai Lua. The brown silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicted is of two figures, one green and one white, and a chariot pulled by a gold horse with

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Embroidered Thai silk kept in a box labeled Tran Vai Lua. The brown silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicted is of two figures locked in battle amongst the clouds. One gold figure, with white and

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Embroidered Thai silk kept in a box labeled Tran Vai Lua. The blue silk is taped to and framed by white matting paper. The textile measures 14 1/4 inches in length by 14 3/8 inches in width. The image depicted is of two figures locked in combat by the edge of a cliff, which varies from blue to red

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Ban Tin Truong Xua (Gia Dinh Cuu Hoc Sinh)
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Bản Tin Cộng Đồng [Ban Tin Cong Dong] ()
Item Number: 1849BNewsletter589417   (Click For More Item Information)
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Issue: 6

Item Creation Date: April 30, 1995

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But Viet News (But Viet News Inc. )
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Issue: 1072

Item Creation Date: 14 May 2004

Collection: Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA) Collection

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Certificate of Appreciation (mounted)
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Certificate of Appreciation for Khuc Minh Tho from Arlington County, Virginia presented on October 30, 1999.

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Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 (framed)
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Framed copy of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005.

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CUA Magazine (Catholic University of America Office of Public Affairs)
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Issue: 10

Item Creation Date: Winter 1998

Collection: Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA) Collection

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Dac San Binh Duong ()
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Dai Chung ()
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Dân Tộc [Dan Toc] (Dân Tộc (Westminster, California))
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Issue: 10

Item Creation Date: March 1996

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Dân Tộc [Dan Toc] (Dân Tộc (Westminster, California))
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Issue: 11

Item Creation Date: April 1996

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Doi Moi ()
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Doi Moi ()
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Doi Moi ()
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Doi Moi ()
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Item Creation Date: 14 November 2008

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Doi Nay (Doi Nay Newspaper)
Item Number: 1849BNewspaper589429   (Click For More Item Information)
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Issue: 627

Item Creation Date: 06 February 2004

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Dong Phuong (To Kieu Phuong)
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Issue: 342

Item Creation Date: Spring 2002

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Families of the Vietnamese Political Prisoners Financial Statement
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Floppy disc containing copies of the Families of the Vietnamese Political Prisoners financial statements from 1986.

Item Creation Date: 1986

Collection: Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA) Collection

Association: Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation

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Families of the Vietnamese Political Prisoners Financial Statement Backup
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Floppy disc containing copies of the Families of the Vietnamese Political Prisoners financial statements backup copy from 1986.

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Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA) Collection (1849) Finding Aid
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The Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association Collection contains 156 linear feet of immigration applications, correspondence, speeches, meeting notes, financial and legal records, printed materials, and other administrative records that document the activities of the Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA), a non-profit organization active from 1977-1999 in campaigning for the release of re-education camp prisoners in Vietnam. The records document not only the activities of the FVPPA, but also the individual stories of over 12,000 applicants for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) Orderly Departure Program (ODP). The collection is arranged in six series: ODP Applications, Office Files, Resettlement Files, Master Lists of Applicants, Restricted/Reserved Files, and Oversized Documents.

The application files contained documents proving eligibility for immigration to the U.S. through the ODP. These records include: ODP application forms, sponsor letters, prisoner

release documents, personal letters, photos, copies of identification papers, birth, marriage, and death records, educational certificates, military records, and other relevant documents. Also found in the collection are the FVPPA’s extensive correspondence with government officials, political leaders, non-profit human rights organizations and others, including: President Ronald Reagan, President George H. W. Bush, Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau for Refugees Robert L. Funseth, Orderly Departure Program Director Martha Sardinas, the U.S. Department of State, the Bureau for Refugee Programs, the Embassy of the United States of America in Bangkok, Thailand, Amnesty International, Staff Consultant for the Subcommittee on Asian & Pacific Affairs Eric Schwartz, Congressman Stephen J. Solarz, Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Senator John McCain, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Senator John Kerry, Senator Bob Dole, the Department of Social and Health Services for the State of Washington, and Thailand refugee camp president Ngo Suu.

In its work on behalf of political prisoners and refugees, the FVPPA undertook a variety of activities. Their public awareness program sought to collect and disseminate pertinent information on the needs of Vietnamese political prisoners and their families. An outreach program sought to establish a case file for every prisoner and his or her immediate family in order to assist the eligible persons with their immigration from Vietnam to the United States or other countries in the world. The FVPPA also acted as an information center for recent immigrants, providing resettlement information and assistance as well as aiding in family reunification. They maintained correspondence and held meetings with several politicians, government agencies and officials, and human rights organizations.

Provenance of the collection
In 2004, members of the FVPPA reorganized and formed the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation (VAHF). In June of 2005, VAHF donated to Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Archive 135-linear-feet of documents created and collected by the FVPPA. The records had been stored for many years in Austin, Texas. After their shipment by freight truck to Lubbock, approximately 19 linear feet of documents received treatment for mold growth.

Arrangement of collection
There appeared to be no original order or recognizable filing system to the records of the FVPPA Collection (VAHF) when it arrived at the Vietnam Archive. To give the collection order and make it accessible to researchers, the collection was divided into six series: ODP Applications, Office Files, Resettlement Files, Master Lists of Applicants, Oversized Documents, and Restricted/Reserved Files.

Series 1 - ODP Application Files Introduction
At a total of 117 linear feet of documents, the ODP Applications are the largest group of files in the collection. They are arranged alphabetically and contain individual documents that date from 1905 to 1999. ODP Applications has one subgroup: ODP Correspondence.

The individual documents found in the Applications Files Series range from 1905 to 2001. The documents include: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) Orderly Departure Program applications, Letters of Introduction (LOI) from ODP 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 family members, copies of passports, copies of exit visas, copies of Vietnamese identification cards, Residency and Household Members List from an ODP applicant’s local Vietnamese Police Department, marriage, birth, and death certificates, educational certificates, military training certificates, military awards, professional training certificates, letters of recommendation for jobs, humanitarian operation (HO) papers, copies of Alien Resident Cards, copies of Social Security cards, and medical records. When necessary, personal information such as Social Security numbers and/or medical information has been removed to the restricted series (Series 6), and sanitized copies of documents included in the original files.

Notes about Vietnamese names
The names of the applicants are written in the Vietnamese order, which is opposite the American order. For example, the American President John Quincy Adams would be written Adams Quincy John in the Vietnamese order.

If the applicant has a known alias it is noted on the file. For example, Nguyen Van Be has an alias of Pham Van Be. His file would be marked Nguyen Van Be a.k.a. Pham Van Be.

Nguyen is the most common surname/family/last name. Dang, Do, Ngo, Pham, Phan, Le, Luong, Tran, Truong, Trinh, Vo, and Vu are also common surname/family/last names in the collection. Van is the most common middle name, followed by Thi and Minh. Thi is almost always a female’s middle name. I & Y are the same, interchangeable when after a consonant. Qui is the same as Quy. Quy is the older generations preference, whereas Qui is the younger’s. Si is the same as Sy. When reading the documents, it is helpful to know these two common abbreviations for names: Ng=Nguyen, and T=Thi or Thuy. If it looks like Cr, it is TR. R almost never follows C. What looks like an S or G can be an H. D with a line under it is a P.

Series 1-Arrangement
The name of the principal applicant is the name given on the file. For example, Nguyen Van Be, a former Vietnamese political prisoner, is applying for his family to immigrate to the U.S. through the ODP. His list of family members includes his wife Pham Thi Phuong, his son Nguyen Ngoc Be, and his father Nguyen Ngo Be. Nguyen Van Be’s name will be the one listed on the file. If, however, Nguyen Van Be’s wife was also a Vietnamese political prisoner or a U.S. employee, her name will also appear on the file, for she too has status and qualifies as a principal applicant under ODP. The order of the two names on the file is determined alphabetically. If the widow of a principal applicant applies, the file is listed with her name first, followed by that of her deceased husband. If the children of a principal applicant are orphans when they apply, the file is listed under the names of the children.

Application files for individuals having the same name are arranged by date of birth. The oldest applicant is followed by the next oldest and so on until the youngest applicant with that name is reached. The birth date is written in the American order. Vietnamese write the date by day-month-year. January 11, 1959 is 11-1-1959 in Vietnamese order. Please keep in mind when looking for a particular applicant’s file that the order of the birth date may accidentally be written in the wrong order. Moreover, applicants sometimes changed their birth date multiple times, and even changed their names.


The ODP Applications Files range from 1985-1999. The majority of ODP Application forms were filled out in 1989-1994, after the July 30, 1989 signing of the American-Vietnamese agreement allowing former re-education camp prisoners and their families to resettle in the
U.S. Another large group of ODP applications were filled out in 1996-1999 after the McCain Amendment (Section 595 H.R. 3540), which allowed children over the age of 21 of former re- education camp prisoners to immigrate to the U.S., was enacted in July, 1996. An ODP Application form contains: the name and birthday of the applicant; the IV and VEWL number of the applicant, which served as an ID for the Embassy of the U.S. in Bangkok, Thailand; the Vietnamese address of the ODP applicant; the birthday and contact information of the applicant’s sponsor; the contact information of the closest relative(s) or acquaintance(s) of the ODP applicant in the U.S. and Vietnam; the relationship between the sponsor and the ODP applicant; the military rank or U.S. employee position of the applicant; the names, addresses, and birthdays of the 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.

Subseries 2 - ODP Correspondence
The ODP Correspondence subseries consists of one linear foot of files ranging from 1989-1999 of ODP applicants who are unnamed. The applicant’s sponsor or family member wrote a letter but did not name the applicant. Like the ODP applications, the ODP Correspondence files are arranged alphabetically. The files are arranged by the name of the sponsor or family member of the unnamed applicant. Those files having the same name are arranged by date of birth.

Series 2 - General Office Files
Consisting of 35 linear feet of documents that range form 1981 to 2002, the General Office Files is the second largest series in the collection. Office files are divided into five subseries: Correspondence; Events and Speeches; Organizational Meetings; Financial, Legal and Employee Records; and Printed Materials. These documents provide information on the purpose, mission, and activities of the FVPPA. Through these files a researcher can learn how the FVPPA achieved its four major accomplishments:

• The July 30, 1989 signing of the American-Vietnamese agreement allowing former re- education camp prisoners and their families to resettle in the U.S.
• The release of the 100 longest held political prisoners.
• The McCain Amendment which allowed children over of the age of 21 of former re- education camp prisoners to immigrate to the U.S. (Section 595 H.R. 3540, enacted in July 1996, considered by conference committee in September of 1996.)
• The abolition of the mandatory requirement that former Vietnamese political prisoners have six months trade and English training in Philippines before entering the U.S.
Subseries 1 - Correspondence
Office Correspondence is the largest subseries of the Office Files Series and contains sixteen linear feet of documents. This subseries is divided into two subgroups, Incoming and Outgoing Correspondence. At nine linear feet, Office Correspondence-Incoming is the larger

of these two groups and is arranged alphabetically by the name of the sender. These files cover the 1980s and 1990s, with the bulk being in the 1990s. Office Correspondence-Outgoing contains seven linear feet of documents and is arranged chronologically by year and then by month. Office Correspondence-Outgoing covers 1982-2001. Notable correspondents include: President Ronald Reagan, President George H. W Bush, Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau for Refugees Robert L. Funseth, Orderly Departure Program Director Martha Sardinas, Staff Consultant of the Subcommittee on Asian & Pacific Affairs Eric Schwartz, Congressman Stephen J. Solarz, Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Senator John McCain, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Senator John Kerry, Senator Bob Dole, and Thailand Refugee Camp President Ngo Suu.
Subseries 2 - Office Events and Speeches
The Office Events and Speeches subseries contains three linear feet of records documenting the events held by, and attended by, the FVPPA, as well as various speeches given by its president and co-founder Khuc Minh Tho, Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau for Refugees Robert L. Funseth, and various other VIPs. These files are arranged chronologically and cover 1982-1999, but have no records for the years 1983 and 1997. The bulk of the records are from the FVPPA’s two annual events: The Annual Freedom Reunion Picnic, and the Annual Awards Dinner and Culture Show, also called the Unity and Reunion Dinner. The FVPPA’s events helped to raise money and public awareness, and honored those individuals and VIPs who had contributed to the FVPPA’s mission and cause.

Subseries 3 - Organizational Meetings
The Office Organizational Meetings subseries contains three linear feet of records documenting the FVPPA’s meetings and contacts. The files are arranged chronologically and cover 1984-1998. The records contain board meeting notes, memos, agendas, lists of attendees, minutes from meetings with U.S. government officials, printed and hand written lists of contacts, and hand written notes about meetings and trips. Notable files include: an Agenda
& Summary of the Issues of the Meeting with the Permanent Mission of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in New York City, April 14, 1989; notes from the Coordinating Committee for the Reception of Vietnamese Political Prisoners “Welcome & Task Force,” 1989-1990; notes on the abolition of the requirement of former Vietnamese political prisoners having to go to Bataan, Philippines before coming to the U.S., 1992-1993; and notes detailing a meeting with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, August 30, 1995.

Subseries 4 - Financial, Legal, and Employee Records
At two linear feet, the Office Financial, Legal, and Employee Records subseries is the smallest of the Office Files Series. These files are arranged chronologically and cover 1981-1999, but are missing the records for the years 1982 and 1983. The bulk of these files are the annual membership and sponsorship donations and fees. There are only five files pertaining to employee records.

Subseries 5 - Printed Materials
Printed Materials is the last of the Office subseries and contains ten linear feet of documents. These files are arranged chronologically and cover 1976-2002. Printed Materials is divided into two subgroups: Printed Materials Not Created by the FVPPA, and Printed Materials Created by the FVPPA. The Printed Materials Not Created by the FVPPA files contains seven

linear feet of records that range from 1976-2002, but is missing the years: 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2000, and 2001. These files contain various periodicals, journals, including: Vietnamese- American beauty magazines, Vietnamese newspaper articles, American newspapers in English and Vietnamese, Congressional Records, Vietnam Human Rights Watch, and even The National Enquirer. Printed Materials Created by the FVPPA contains three linear feet of records that range from 1989-1999, but is missing the years: 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1993.
These files contain the FVPPA’s informational and promotional materials, including: annual yearbooks, FVPPA’s newsletters, and the FVPPA’s brochures.

Series 3 - Resettlement Files
The Resettlement Files Series consists of one linear foot of records of former Vietnamese political prisoners and their families that the FVPPA helped resettle in the U.S. The files are arranged alphabetically and cover the 1990s. These records document the FVPPA’s assistance to former Vietnamese political prisoners and their families in obtaining housing, employment, transportation, medical care, and state assistance. These records contain copies of resettled immigrants’ ODP applications, and all receipts and paperwork involved in assisting former Vietnamese political prisoners in the U.S.

Series 4 - Master Lists of Applicants
The Master Lists of Applicants Series contains one linear foot of documents arranged chronologically, covering the years 1985, 1988, 1989, and undated files. Master List files contain copies of applications, checks, and sponsorship forms. These records helped the FVPPA to keep track of membership and sponsorship donations, contact information of sponsors, and to make lists of former re-education camp prisoners.

Series 5 - Oversized Documents
Consisting of only two files in one large flat box, Oversized Documents is the smallest of all series and is arranged alphabetically. The first file contains military awards removed from the ODP Application file of Nguyen Van Cong (3/15/1940). The second file contains a proclamation from President George H. W. Bush.

Series 6 - Restricted/Reserved
The Restricted/Reserved series contains two linear feet of records arranged alphabetically. This series consists of individual documents removed from Series 1-5 containing medical information and Social Security numbers. These files are not open for researchers. When possible, sanitized copies of documents were returned to the original files, and in all cases a note was place in the file indicating information had been removed.

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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.

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