Project Ngoc at UCI, 1987-1997 April 13, 2010Posted by ucisca in Photographs, Student Life.
Tags: art exhibits, Project Ngoc, Refugee camps, Tom Wilson, Vietnamese refugees
Project Ngoc (PN), started as a class at UCI by graduate student Tom Wilson, attempted to increase the awareness of students about the Vietnamese refugee crisis. Students from the class decided to take the Project beyond the classroom and formed an organization in the hopes of realizing more concrete projects to assist the refugees. The organization adopted three main goals: raising awareness on campus and within the community; advocating for humanitarian rights; and sending funds to camps for the development of educational programs. During its ten years of activity, PN achieved these goals by providing direct relief through fundraising and sending volunteers to refugee camps in Hong Kong. Project Ngoc disbanded at the end of the 1996-1997 as a result of the resettlement or repatriation of most Vietnamese refugees. Slides below are from PN exhibits staged at UCI in 1991 and 1992 of art done at refugee camps.
Project Ngoc Records. MS-SEA016. Special Collections and Archives. The UC Irvine Libraries. Irvine, California