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A People’s Guide to Archives & Ethnic Studies


Panel discussions with the authors of A People’s Guide to Orange County and “Educator’s Guide to Diversity” partners

Join UCI Libraries and UCI Illuminations to learn how the alternative tour guide, A People’s Guide to Orange County, and related archival materials are being used to develop ethnic studies curriculum in Orange County, California, and beyond.

A People’s Guide to Orange County challenges popular images of Orange County by drawing from community-centered archives to tell the county’s history through the lens of its diverse and underrepresented communities.


A People’s Guide to Archives & Ethnic Studies
Thursday, March 2, 2023
5:00 – 7:00 pm
OC&SEAA Center

This event is co-sponsored by UCI Illuminations and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage at the Rare Book School.


Learn from Educate to Empower cofounders Stacy Yung and Virginia Nguyen and the Heritage Museum of Orange County’s Executive Director Jamie Hiber as they discuss how A People’s Guide to Orange County and its topics are being used for their “Educator’s Guide to Diversity” as well as in the classroom. Coauthors Elaine Lewinnek, Gustavo Arellano, and Thuy Vo Dang will also share how UCI Libraries Special Collections and Archives aided in their book research.

Following the panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to view archival materials and enjoy a reception with light refreshments.

Home to civil rights heroes, LGBTQ victories, Indigenous persistence, labor movements, and an electorate that has recently turned blue: this is the Orange County, California, that lies beneath the pop cultural representation, too little examined even by locals.

— Elaine Lewinnek, Gustavo Arellano, and Thuy Vo Dang, A People’s Guide to Orange County


Krystal Tribbett, PhD, Curator for Orange County Regional History and Research Librarian for Orange County

Audra Eagle Yun, Head, Special Collections and Archives and University Archivist


Elaine Lewinnek is an urban historian and American studies professor at California State University, Fullerton. Author of The Working Man’s Reward: Chicago’s Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl (2014) and coauthor of A People’s Guide to Orange County (2022), she teaches courses on California’s cultural history, the built environment, the natural environment, food, theory, and the American dream.

Gustavo Arellano is a writer and journalist and a featured contributor for the Los Angeles Times. He is the former publisher and editor of OC Weekly and a coauthor of A People’s Guide to Orange County (2022).

Thuy Vo Dang is an assistant professor of information studies at UCLA and the former curator for the Southeast Asian Archive and research librarian for Asian American studies at UCI Libraries. She is coauthor of the books A People’s Guide to Orange County (2022) and Vietnamese in Orange County (2015) and serves on the board of directors for Arts Orange County and the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association.

Stacy Yung, cofounder of the Educate to Empower initiative, is an instructional designer and former middle school history teacher who specializes in culturally responsive teaching. As an advocate for social justice and equity, she develops and leads workshops on topics like diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and how to build an antiracist classroom community.

Virginia Nguyen, cofounder of the Educate to Empower initiative, is a high school history teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience, a National Writing Project Fellow, and a diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and allyship trainer. She has national experience with educator training and curriculum development.

Jamie Hiber is the Executive Director at Heritage Museum of Orange County and has worked in the museum and nonprofit sectors for more than a decade. She is on the Orange County Archives in Action committee and a former board member of the Orange County Historical Society.

Thursday, March 2, 2023
5:00pm - 7:00pm
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