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Viola Van snaps a self-portrait with her father, Hugo. She is part of a Vietnamese-American oral history project at the University of California, Irvine, that assembles, preserves and disseminates the life stories of Vietnamese-Americans in Southern California. It is indicative new efforts by Vietnamese-Americans in the U.S. to keep elders’ stories alive. (Associated Press)

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