Being a largely patriarchal society, the traditional concept of the Vietnamese woman lies in her roles as a daughter, wife and mother. A lot of importance is placed on a woman’s reproductive ability as well as her ability to care for her children. They are expected to prioritise the raising of offspring and welfare of the household over anything else. The failure to follow these expectations often lead to massive disapproval by the entire household. Hence, migrating to seek better opportunities for work and money is not a desirable choice because of the backlash they would face.
On the other hand, Vietnamese men are supposed to be the breadwinners and heads of the household. They are the ones who are responsible for bringing in the money. …show more content…
As such, they appear much more vulnerable to exploitation when they migrate to take on new jobs. It is believed that the possibility of them ending up as a victim of sexual harassment and many other forms of exploitation is more than likely. When that is the case, instead of taking their side and supporting them, the Vietnamese choose to follow the victim-blaming approach. Women who fall prey to exploitation are viewed as a disgrace, and their self-worth is lowered because they have been “tainted”. (p. 10) To make matters worse, news of sexual exploitation suffered by female migrants often end up on the mainstream media. Hence, the social risks of migration is often something that Vietnamese women have to greatly consider.
It can be said that the patriarchal values of the Vietnamese society stems from the deep influences of the Confucian way of life. Confucian beliefs care little for the diversity of a female in society. There are three main focuses: their roles as wives, daughters and mothers. They also have three moral obediences: “towards the father before marriage, the husband when married, and the eldest son when widowed” (Grosse, 2015, p. 257). On the other hand, men would actually be seen as members of society and their relationships as a brother, or as a friend, are
America is the land of freedom and opportunity. It is a place where anyone can take refuge from harm and pursue their own dreams. However, the novel, The Refugees, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, portrays another perspective of being a refugee in the United States. The retelling of him becoming accustomed to America practices indicated that he faced an identity crisis. Specifically, he faces a contentious dilemma concerning how he would strike a balance between seeing himself as a person of Vietnamese heredity or of his American lifestyle. He amplifies the significance of this issue through the inquiry of certain practices of the community, his mixed views about fighting Communism, and his interactions with his family.
The following paper will discuss Vietnamese Americans and their journey to America. I will talk about how these incredible and resilient people fought to succeed it a world that seemed to hold the odds against them. The culture, beliefs, and challenges of Vietnamese people are a precise paradigm of their strength and perseverance.
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