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An important aim of the project is to enhance student engagement with stories and experiences of members of Southeast Asian American communities, and enhance the broader community’s access to students’ activities.

Oral Histories

The elaboration of oral history projects (through team-taught courses and student dialogues) will allow University of Washington undergraduates of all backgrounds—not just those of Southeast Asian descent—to work with members of the Southeast Asian American community here who have made a journey to the U.S., resulting in a rich archive of narratives and images of the U.S. and Southeast Asia.  Some will also result in either video documentaries or dramatic performances to be shown or staged at the UW Ethnic Cultural Theater and Seattle's Wing Luke Asian Museum.  Difficult Dialogues faculty will be trained to ensure that undergraduate participants reflect critically on the stories they hear and the individuals represented in the oral histories.

Public Spaces

We have engaged both the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture located on the University of Washington campus.  In both of these public spaces, students will be able to mount exhibitions they have developed (through courses and/or student dialogues) that seek to inform the public about the lives and stories of Seattle’s Southeast Asian American communities.  The UW Libraries have also agreed to archive the oral history interviews that will be collected in the course of this project, forming a permanent and unique part of the Libraries’ collections.  In addition, the Wing Luke Asian Museum has agreed to partner with us in creating community exhibitions of student oral history projects.  Throughout the course of the project, students and faculty may identify other public spaces to engage with, such as community centers, public libraries, and arts groups. Drawing on these community resources, we see our project for Difficult Dialogues creating a ripple effect throughout the university and broader Seattle communities.


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Student Organizations

Khmer Student Association – UW

Khmer Student Association – Seattle University

Lao Student Association – UW

Vietnamese Student Association – UW

Vietnamese Student Association – Seattle University

Community Organizations

Asian Counseling & Referral Service
Phone No.: (206) 695-7524
Address: 720 8th Avenue South, Suite #200
Seattle, WA 98104

Cambodian Women’s Association
Phone: (206) 760-0539
Address: 3603 S. Alaska St.
Seattle, WA 98118

Cham Refugee Community
Phone: (206) 760-9202
Address: 5945 39th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118

Helping Link
Phone: (206) 568-5160
Address: 1032 S. Jackson St., Suite C
Seattle, WA 98104

Hmong Association of Washington

International Community Health Services
Phone: (206) 788-3655

Khmer Community of Seattle-King County
Phone: (206) 762-3922
Address: 1002516th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98168

Khmer in Action
Phone: (206) 331-8302

Legacies of War

Lao Heritage Foundation

Lao Highland Association
Address: 3925 S. Bozeman St.
Seattle, WA 98118

Project HANDLE/Neighborhood House
Phone: (206) 461-4522 ext. 236

Refugee Federation Service Center
South of Beacon Hill
Phone: (206) 762-9181
7101 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Seattle, WA 98118

White Center office
Phone: (206) 762-4894
10025 16th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98146

Refugee Justice Project

Phone: (206) 723-2203 ext. 204

Safe Futures Youth Center

Phone: (206) 938-9696 ext. 123

Southwest Youth & Family Services w/ Harborview Medical Center
Phone: (206) 744-9267

Wing Luke Asian Museum
(206) 623-5124 ext. 116
Address: 407 7th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104


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