The Vietnamese Experience in America

The Vietnamese Experience in America

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"We are all refugees. I did not leave my country by choice. I was forced to leave. I am glad to have my new home here, but I did not plan to come here. I had to leave my country or die. Vietnamese refugee living in Southern California. This concise interpretation of the Vietnamese experience in America begins with the fall of Saigon in 1975, when enormous waves of refugees fled Vietnam. It graphically details their flight to asylum countries in Asia and then to the United States. Based in part on first hand interviews, the book recounts vivid stories of the horror of getting out of Vietnam and the difficulties of starting over in a new country. It emphasizes the resettlement process in the United States, from the policies of the U.S. government to aspects of community acceptance and conflict, and describes Vietnamese culture and the changes it has undergone in the process of becoming a new Vietnamese-American culture. Among the topics addressed are the arrival of the boat people, the orderly departure program, Amerasians, and the integration and adjustment of refugees to American society. The book concludes with a portrait of contemporary Vietnamese-American society and the outlook for its future.show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 12 b&w photos
  • 0253207118
  • 9780253207111

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The rhetoric of commitment to world peace and human freedom espoused by world leaders notwithstanding, there is a growing number of dispossessed people in the world who have been, and are being, forced as a result of human cruelty and unconcern to seek refuge outside their country of birth.show more

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgments I. The Vietnamese Entrance into America The Fall of Saigon The First and Second Waves of Refugees Subsequent Waves of Refugee Peoples Refugees and Immigrants The Countries of First Asylum The Counries of Second Asylum II. Emigration to the United States The Flight Experiences in Transit Entry and Orientation III. Initial Resettlement U.S. Resettlement Policies Community Reception Community Conflict Vietnamese Culture in America Vietamese Religious Life Vietnamese Community Organizations Mutual Assistance Associations IV. The Vietnamese-American Community Adaptation and Stabilization Cultural Continuity The Boat People The Orderly Departure Program V. Societal Integration and Adjustment Employment Occupational Characterizations and Patterns Assistance Programs and Utilization Coping and Education Transportation Housing Health Care and Cultural Values Mental Health Problems Interethnic Competition Intraethnic Competition VI. Personal Adjustments and Self-Identity Language Acquisition Family Customs and Kinship Family Size and Characteristics The Emerging Family and Economics Changing Roles with the Family Courtship, Marriage, and Family Traditions Amerasians and the Resettlement Process The Celebration of Tet VII. Contemporary Vietnamese-American Society Stability and Fluidity An Emergining Model of Adaptation Achievement in America The Outlook for the Future Appendix Notes Suggestions for Futher Reading Index Illustrations follow chapter 4.show more

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