Vivian Le Oral History Interview

Interviewee: Vivian Le
Interviewer: Carlee Conner
Interview Date: February 22, 2018
Location: Le residence, Corvallis, Oregon
Duration: 1:17:32
 

Vivian Le begins by describing her small hometown of Phoenix, Oregon. She says her parents were refugees of the Vietnam War and moved from Modesto to Phoenix to start their own business. Le reflects on how her family's devout Catholic religious believes, family values, and Vietnamese heritage were central to her upbringing. Le then discusses how her earliest memories of school were of people treating her differently because she could not speak English. Le shares stories of discrimination she faced in the workplace and in other aspects of her life. However, she describes her high school as being diverse both in terms of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Le’s involvement with music has always been a way to express herself, and she played several instruments in the music programs in high school. Le did eventually feel less interested in pursuing music and instead found a passion for politics and government. She reflects on how her high school government teacher was a mentor to her. She also shares her thought process on how she decided to choose which college to attend, and one of the biggest things that influenced her decision was having a diverse range of political opinions and backgrounds at the campus. She felt OSU fit this description and is currently attending with majors in Accounting and Economics, which were inspired by her desire to run for public office.

Le describes how one of her jobs on campus s an intern position for the Office of Advocacy. Her work involves providing a voice for students who have legal or policy issues on campus. She also describes how she ran for ASOSU senate, and how her platform was based on representing groups of minority students. She explains that the campaign process was very stressful, but she ended up winning a seat. Le also discusses her other job working for the Honors College on campus. She describes her experiences of being brushed off in her earlier days in school, and though she more recognition and voice once she joined the OSU community, she mentions that not all of her experiences were positive. She describes how she values some of the diversity programs she's experienced within the college of business and comments that OSU harbors many people on various places on the political spectrum, which has its pros and cons.

Le has had access to different conferences and opportunities because of her job. She clarifies that the student government's role on campus and ASOSU may look different as time goes on. She also describes how her identity as a gay woman has created a complicated journey, including her coming out story and how her family's values have affected this experience. She believes that her generation has distinct qualities based on extreme politics and access to social media. Her own political beliefs include addressing structural issues and finding mutual ground with those who see things differently. By discussing her earliest experiences with the politics of her generation through social media platforms, she describes how there are pros and cons to social media being involved with politics and different belief systems. She discusses her transformation from being politically vocal and close minded to becoming more politically active and open. She finally explains her thoughts on the people who have inspired her and the importance of reading and education.

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Title

Vivian Le Oral History Interview

Description

Vivian Le begins by describing her small hometown of Phoenix, Oregon. She says her parents were refugees of the Vietnam War and moved from Modesto to Phoenix to start their own business. Le reflects on how her family's devout Catholic religious believes, family values, and Vietnamese heritage were central to her upbringing. Le then discusses how her earliest memories of school were of people treating her differently because she could not speak English. Le shares stories of discrimination she faced in the workplace and in other aspects of her life. However, she describes her high school as being diverse both in terms of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Le’s involvement with music has always been a way to express herself, and she played several instruments in the music programs in high school. Le did eventually feel less interested in pursuing music and instead found a passion for politics and government. She reflects on how her high school government teacher was a mentor to her. She also shares her thought process on how she decided to choose which college to attend, and one of the biggest things that influenced her decision was having a diverse range of political opinions and backgrounds at the campus. She felt OSU fit this description and is currently attending with majors in Accounting and Economics, which were inspired by her desire to run for public office.

Le describes how one of her jobs on campus s an intern position for the Office of Advocacy. Her work involves providing a voice for students who have legal or policy issues on campus. She also describes how she ran for ASOSU senate, and how her platform was based on representing groups of minority students. She explains that the campaign process was very stressful, but she ended up winning a seat. Le also discusses her other job working for the Honors College on campus. She describes her experiences of being brushed off in her earlier days in school, and though she more recognition and voice once she joined the OSU community, she mentions that not all of her experiences were positive. She describes how she values some of the diversity programs she's experienced within the college of business and comments that OSU harbors many people on various places on the political spectrum, which has its pros and cons.

Le has had access to different conferences and opportunities because of her job. She clarifies that the student government's role on campus and ASOSU may look different as time goes on. She also describes how her identity as a gay woman has created a complicated journey, including her coming out story and how her family's values have affected this experience. She believes that her generation has distinct qualities based on extreme politics and access to social media. Her own political beliefs include addressing structural issues and finding mutual ground with those who see things differently. By discussing her earliest experiences with the politics of her generation through social media platforms, she describes how there are pros and cons to social media being involved with politics and different belief systems. She discusses her transformation from being politically vocal and close minded to becoming more politically active and open. She finally explains her thoughts on the people who have inspired her and the importance of reading and education.

Creator

Vivian Le

Source

Voices of Oregon State University Oral History Collection (OH 09)

Publisher

Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Oregon State University Libraries

Date

February 22, 2018

Contributor

Carlee Conner

Format

Born Digital

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Identifier

oh09-le-vivian-20180222

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Carlee Conner

Interviewee

Vivian Le

Location

Le residence, Corvallis, Oregon

Original Format

Born Digital

Duration

1:17:32

OHMS Object

Interview Format

video