Vietnam War Assimilation

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The United States has seen a great influx of East Asian immigrants that desired to become American, but never before had it seen such a desperate wave of Vietnamese as it did in the late twentieth century. In 1975, anti-Communist South Vietnam was overthrown, and fell into the communist hands of North Vietnam (Bankston et al. 24). The two previously separated sides of the country were then united under the Hanoi government, but the country remained torn due to its peoples’ inability to cooperate under a single identity. The Hanoi government did not aid this in the slightest despite all their authoritarian attempts. Their laws and policies, including programs such as reeducation camps to politically and forcibly educate their citizens of communism,…show more content…
Consequently, as many of this generation grew into adulthood, they found a preference for the English language as their primary language as opposed to Vietnamese, as well as a preference to be called by their Westernized names (65). Another instance where assimilation was seen by Vietnamese refugees in America was in the system of schooling itself. Despite the fact that many of the first generation and a half were still hindered by their “lack of English proficiency”, they were not impeded academically, where they often scored exceedingly higher than their already American counterparts (140-141). The most straightforward way the Vietnamese assimilated, after feeling excluded both from their home countries and now by their host country, was through naturalization. There were many reasons for this naturalization such as the desire to participate in the anti-Communist political processes of America (67). This reason would allow them more than just involvement in their host country’s government and politics—it would give them a chance to illustrate their contempt for the communist regime that took over their original
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