Dinh Hoa Nguyen papers, 1969-1986 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
The Dinh Hoa Nguyen papers document his career as a linguistics professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, as well as the Director of Asian Studies and the Director of the Center for Vietnamese Studies. Nguyen's papers are primarily comprised of the lattermost of these occupations, a role that he was appointed to by President Delyte Morris when the Center for Vietnamese Studies opened in 1969 and that he maintained until it closed in 1971. Included in this collection are invoices, newsletters, press release publications, and newspapers documenting the dissonance between the proposed purpose of the center and the purpose that it was perceived to serve by faculty and students in Carbondale.
Nguyen's papers also include documentation of his professional involvement in organizations related to research about Asian cultures and the education of students who belong to Asian cultures. Nguyen was primarily affiliated with the Association for Asian Studies, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc., and the American Council of Teachers of Uncommonly-taught Asian Languages, each of which is detailed in this collection through correspondence, meeting notes, and publications that were sent to Nguyen. His association with these professional organizations underscores his study of linguistics, which is documented in this collection by various handouts, letters of recommendation, teaching materials, and notes obtained from the courses that he taught as a tenured professor of linguistics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.