Want to Learn More About the Vietnamese Community in Little Saigon?


Register for a "Study Away" class this Spring 2016

Asian American Studies 220: Vietnamese Communities in the U.S.

(ASAM 220 - 3 units)

Class fulfills GE D.5, Z: Social Sciences & Cultural Diversity

Did you know "Little Saigon" in Orange County, has the largest Vietnamese community in the United States and outside of Vietnam? The 4-square mile area, known as Little Saigon, covers major parts of Garden Grove and Westminster and includes close to 10,000 Vietnamese-owned businesses.

Take ASAM 220 this Spring 2016 and explore Little Saigon in more depth! Through an immersive spring break “study away” program built into the regular semester class, you will spend an exciting week living in Little Saigon and learning about the historical, social, political, and cultural aspects of this community through service learning opportunities, including an oral history project. We will explore local restaurants through enticing FOOD tours as well as visit key community organizations (local businesses, historical and religious centers, health clinics, media outlets, and social service organizations).

*** Enrollment is by special instructor permit and class is limited to 15 students. Sign up early for a memorable and transformative learning experience!


Course Description

Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category D.1. Historical and cultural overview of Vietnamese communities in the U.S., especially Orange County. The vital role of voluntary agencies, mutual assistance associations, and religious centers. Examines Vietnamese business, entertainment, family, education and hobbies.



Scholarship Opportunities:

We invite you to apply for the President’s Strategic Fund Study Abroad/Away Scholarship competition. This award is designed for students who demonstrate a financial need and have not yet participated in a study abroad/away experience.

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Associate Professor Tu-Uyen N. Nguyen tunnguyen@fullerton.edu (657) 278 4157