Interview with Kenney Tran, July 23, 2020

Project: Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project

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Kenney Tran served as a Peace Corps volunteer in in a Community Economic Development program in Salamina Magdalena, Colombia from July 2018 until March 2020, when he was evacuated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He discusses Colombians' reaction to him as a Vietnamese American because of their monolithic view of Americans, and the work he and other volunteers serving on the Peace Corps diversity committee did to promote a greater understanding of the U.S.’s racial diversity. He discusses the need for more reality-based volunteer-to-volunteer training. He opines that Peace Corps’ goal to provide technical assistance where requested is just a vehicle for achieving the cultural communication goals 2 and 3, which are more needed than ever. He ends by talking about his lifelong commitment to working with communities of color in the U.S. and around the world.

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2020oh0307_pcev0008

Interviewee Name

Kenney Tran

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Evelyn Ganzglass

Interview Date

2020-07-23

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Tran, Kenney Interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. 23 Jul. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Tran, K. (2020, July 23). Interview by E. Ganzglass. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Tran, Kenney, interview by Evelyn Ganzglass. July 23, 2020, Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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