Vietnamese-America

There are now about 2 million Vietnamese-Americans who live in every state in the US. Many Vietnamese have become successful professionals and businesspersons.

More than a hundred thousand Vietnamese refugees came to the US following the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. Over the next decades, many more fled Vietnam as they could not stand the communist dictatorship, economic hardship, and the persecution of people for their political affiliations and religious beliefs. Many were ethnic Chinese who were pressured to leave as Vietnam fought a war against China.

There are now about 2 million Vietnamese-Americans who live in every state in the US. Large concentrations exist in Northern and Southern California and the metropolitan areas of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Dallas-Ft Worth, Seattle, and Minneapolis-St Paul. Many Vietnamese have become successful professionals and businesspersons. A few have entered the US Congress, become generals in the US military, or won the so-called MacArthur “genius” grants. Yet many remain poor and dependent on public support.

 

Picture: The Vietnamese welcome sign marking the entrance to Garden Grove, California (Source: Wikipedia)

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