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Linda Trinh Vo - UC Irvine. Irvine, CA, US

Linda Trinh Vo Linda Trinh Vo

Professor, Department of Asian American Studies | UC Irvine


Dr. Linda Trinh Vo is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.



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Linda Vo: Asian Americans' Social Issues - UC Irvine Transforming Orange County



Dr. Linda Trinh Vo is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and was a faculty member in the Sociology Department at Oberlin College and the Comparative Cultures Department at Washington State University. She received a UC Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship (1994-1996) and was a UC Irvine Chancellor's Fellow (2006-2009). She was an Equity Advisor for the School of Humanities, working as a Faculty Assistant to the Dean to improve gender and ethnic diversity in the professoriate, focusing on equal opportunity and equity practices in hiring, mentoring, and retention. Dr. Vo is the author of a book, Mobilizing an Asian American Community (Temple University Press, 2004), about how and why Asian Americans strategically organized for social, cultural, political, and economic purposes. She is the co-editor of three books: Contemporary Asian American Communities: Intersection and Divergences (2002); Asian American Women: The “Frontiers” Reader (2004); and Labor Versus Empire: Race, Gender, and Migration (2004). Her recent publications include a co-edited book, Keywords for Asian American Studies (New York University Press, 2015), and a co-authored book, Vietnamese in Orange County (Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, 2015). She also edited a special issue on “Vietnamese Americans: Diaspora and Dimensions” for Amerasia Journal and co-edited a special issue on “Mapping Comparative Studies of Racialization in the U.S.” for Ethnicities Journal and a special issue on "Asian American Women" for Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. She was a Series Co-Editor (2005-2016) and is now a Series Editor Emeritus for the Asian American Culture and History series published by Temple University Press, which includes over seventy books.

Dr. Vo has served on Program Committees for the Association for Asian American Studies, American Studies Association, Pacific Sociological Association, and National Women's Studies Association. She was President-Elect (2013-2014) and President (2014-2016) of the national Association for Asian American Studies.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Gender Relations

Racial and Ethnic Relations

Vietnamese Experience

Asian American Studies

Immigrants and refugees

Accomplishments (2)

Public Image Award (professional)

2016 Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Pedagogical Innovation: Civic Engagement Teaching Award (professional)

2010 UCI Division of Undergraduate Education

Education (1)

University of California, San Diego: PhD

Media Appearances (5)

Collecting stories

UCI News  online


The fundamental duties of a university professor are to teach and conduct research, but Linda Trinh Vo, UCI professor of Asian American studies, believes a third component is just as important: to give back to the community.

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New PAC hopes to energize Asian American progressives in Orange County

OCRegister  online


Traditionally, various ethnic groups have voted for people whose names sound like theirs. But that may be changing, said UC Irvine Professor Linda Trinh Vo, who specializes in Asian American studies.

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Congressional battleground expands to historically conservative Little Saigon

NBC  online


“There’s potential for swing voters,” said Linda Trinh Vo, a professor of Asian-American studies at the University of California, Irvine. “Vietnamese Americans can make an incredible difference in close elections, and we’re seeing that in Orange County.”

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Refugees who left post-war Vietnam document their journeys in 'Viet Stories'

NBC  online


“We wanted to explain, ‘Who are these refugees?’” said Linda Trinh Vo, co-curator of the exhibition and professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. “‘What are their personal stories? Who were they before they came here? What were their lives like during that transition period? Who are they today?’”

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UCI-led study identifies assets, needs of county’s fastest-growing immigrant community

UCI News  online


“Despite these numbers and the rapid growth of the AA&NHPI population, there is little research available describing the distinct cultures and histories across ethnic groups; their social, political and economic contributions to the county; or the needs of a population whose majority is immigrants and refugees,” said Linda Trinh Vo, study co-author and UCI professor of Asian American studies.

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Articles (1)

Beyond Color-blind Universalism

Journal of Asian American Studies

Linda Trinh Võ

2010 Beyond the symbolism of President Barack Hussein Obama’s election is the unseen ways in which it is transforming the racial discourse in this country; however, whether it means a substantial transformation of structural inequities is more elusive. Does Obama’s election mean that the United States has moved beyond its historical legacy of slavery and institutionalized segregation? Are racial groups interchangeable in this colorblind universalism, so that one group can be merely substituted for another?

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