A second- generation of Vietnamese Americans that see themselves as Americans rather than unwilling exiles is emerging.
Compared to other established APA communities, the Vietnamese and Chinese Vietnamese Americans face a unique challenge. Suggested reference: Chuong, Chung Hoan and Minh Hoa Ta.
Like other Asian immigrants, Vietnamese immigrants tend to gravitate toward urban areas.New enclaves have changed the face of entire blocks or inner city areas.But within a few years, many Vietnamese, especially those settled in isolated, rural locales, moved to urban areas with warmer weather and large Asian immigrant populations.This secondary internal movement of migration led to the concentration of Vietnamese in the West Coast and the South.As more refugees languished in camps in countries that were not always willing to provide asylum, the U. set up the Orderly Departure Program to alleviate the situation and allow these refugees entrance into U. And through its Humanitarian Operations program, the U. admitted thousands of Vietnamese -- mostly former South Vietnamese soldiers, political prisoners and their families -- who had suffered under Communist reeducation programs.
A policy to scatter the Vietnamese refugees around the country with a number of sponsors was implemented in order to minimize the impact on host communities.
The only thing I can say is that you can either go with it or go against it.'We just hope and pray that things get better and life continues to go well.'They (both) come from very good families and they'll make the right decisions.'Meanwhile Bill Dowdle's uncle defended his nephew against his daughter's allegations of racism.
Speaking from the family home in Cordova, Tennessee, Wayne Dowdle, 63 said: 'I just know that the comments made are not true.
New numbers warrant our attention: in the Northeast, there were 115,000 Vietnamese, while the Midwest was close behind at 107,000. The population increase in the Midwest is a major shift from the 1990s.
In fact, over the past decade, the Vietnamese population doubled in cities like Wichita, to more than 7,000, and to nearly 6,000 in Grand Rapids (MI).
But the future looks positive based on past achievements.