28 Facts About Vietnamese Americans


In contrast to immigration for high-skilled services, many Vietnamese-Americans and Overseas Vietnamese were descended from war refugees, leading to high discrepancy in what is called the "Overseas Asian" experience.

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In 2019, the median household income for US-born Vietnamese Americans was $82, 400 As a relatively-recent immigrant group, most Vietnamese Americans are either first or second generation Americans.

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Vietnamese Americans are more likely to be Christians than the Vietnamese in Vietnam.

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Vietnam's traditional Confucianist society values education and learning, and many Vietnamese Americans have worked their way up from menial labor to have their second-generation children attend college and become successful.

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Records indicate that a few Vietnamese Americans arrived and performed menial work during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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South Vietnamese refugees were initially resented by Americans, since the memory of defeat was fresh; according to a 1975 poll, only 36 percent of Americans favored Vietnamese immigration.

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Chinese-Vietnamese Americans relations soured when China became Vietnam's adversary in the brief Sino-Vietnamese Americans War.

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From 1978 to 1982, 280, 500 Vietnamese Americans refugees were admitted In 1979, the Orderly Departure Program was established under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to allow emigration from Vietnam to the US and other countries.

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Vietnamese Americans immigration peaked in 1992, when many re-education-camp inmates were released and sponsored by their families in the US.

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Vietnamese Americans refugees were initially scattered throughout the country in wherever they could find sponsorship.

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Vietnamese Americans have arrived in the U S primarily as refugees, with little or no money.

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Many Vietnamese Americans have established businesses in Little Saigons and Chinatowns throughout North America, and have initiated the development and revitalization of older Chinatowns.

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Restaurants owned by Vietnamese Americans tend to serve Vietnamese cuisine, Vietnamized Chinese cuisine or both, and have popularized pho and cha gio in the U S In 2002 34.

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Young Vietnamese Americans adults are well educated, and often provide professional services.

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Since older Vietnamese Americans have difficulty interacting with the non-Vietnamese professional class, many Vietnamese Americans provide specialized professional services to fellow immigrants.

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However, the Republican Party still has strong support; in 2007, in Orange County, Vietnamese Americans registered as Republicans outnumber registered Democrats.

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Vietnamese Americans have exercised political power in Orange County, Silicon Valley, and other areas, and have attained public office at the local and statewide levels in California and Texas.

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Four Vietnamese Americans have run for a seat in the United States House of Representatives as their party's endorsed candidate.

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Some Vietnamese Americans have lobbied city and state governments to make the flag of South Vietnam the symbol of the Vietnamese in the United States, and objections were raised by the Vietnamese government.

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Since the onset of Hong Kong protests in June 2019, Vietnamese Americans have been the most active Asian Americans rallying in favor of the pro-democracy Hongkongers, organizing vocal marches in California, where their largest community exists.

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The reasons credited for the strong support of Trump by Vietnamese Americans is his strong stance against socialism and for capitalism and his dislike for mainland China's trade policies and alleged currency manipulation.

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Vietnamese Americans observe holidays based on their lunisolar calendar, with the most important.

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In California, Texas and other states with substantial Vietnamese communities, Vietnamese Americans celebrate by visiting their relatives and friends, watching community-sponsored dragon dances and visiting temples or churches.

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Twenty-nine to thirty percent of Vietnamese Americans are Roman Catholic, a legacy of French colonialism and Operation Passage to Freedom and a smaller number are Protestants.

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Some Hoa Vietnamese Americans speak a dialect of Yue Chinese, generally code-switching between Cantonese and Vietnamese to speak to both Hoa immigrants from Vietnam and ethnic Vietnamese.

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Some Vietnamese Americans are Eurasians: people of European and Asian descent.

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The first substantial generation of Amerasian Vietnamese Americans were born to American personnel, primarily military men, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1975.

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Subsequent generations of Amerasians and Vietnamese Americans-born Amerasians whose American paternity was documented by their parents' marriage or their subsequent legitimization have had an arguably more favorable outlook.

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