Profile Of A Vietnamese Community

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Profile of a Vietnamese community in Southern California My choice of linguistic community in Southern California is Vietnamese community, which is known as “Little Saigon”. This community is mostly located in the city of Westminster and Garden Grove in Orange County. Vietnamese, as the sixth most popular language in the United States, has more than 1.5 million speakers distributed in several states such as California, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Vietnamese language has the fifth most speakers in California with more than 1 million speakers within the states. According to statistics from U.S. Census Bureau in 2010 and 2011, Vietnamese speakers have increased by nearly 6 times since 1980. The figure below shows the distribution of six largest Asian groups in California and the Vietnamese makes up 37.3% of the population. The Vietnamese community grew rapidly and has become one of the largest immigrant communities during the past four decades. In 1975, Vietnamese began their first wave of migration to the United States. One important factor is the victory of North Vietnamese in the Vietnam War on April 30th, 1975. The government of South Vietnam lose its battle against the North Vietnam communist forces and more than 125,000 Vietnamese refugees evacuated to the United States. The mass migration occurred because large groups of military personnel, soldiers, government officials were evacuated by the U.S. Navy and air force. Most of the refugees were South Vietnamese
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