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.
Unfortunately, Vietnamese Americans make up only a small percent of the total American Population today. There are many stereotypes associated with the Vietnamese, but the truth is, we really know very little about their culture. After the Viet Nam War, many Vietnamese citizens immigrated to the United States to escape political Prosecution and poverty. Faced with a variety of obstacles and …show more content…
Much of what was known was information provided by the media. The American media falsified and/or exaggerated some of the coverage of the Vietnam War, and painted a very ugly picture of the Vietnamese people, creating somewhat of a hardship for refugees. "Another problem that reporters had to deal with in reporting what happened in Vietnam was its sources of information. In most cases the facts fed to newsmen were fed to them by U. S. military personnel. If the reporters were critical of the U. S. in their articles, they could be assured of having a tough time getting information the next time" (Rhodes 1983). In the end, much of the media coverage was dictated by American Soldiers, some of whom made Vietnamese people out to be violent and careless, thus, resulting in a fairly strong resistance from some of the American people. Similar to today, the media broadcasted more of what they felt would stir up a reaction rather than reporting with 100% accuracy. In turn, racism and stereotypes were quick to take place.
Upon fleeing Vietnam, many refugees had to pay off officials in gold in order to escape the country. Many times this gold was the entire worth of the refugees, leaving them to enter the United States with next to no money. Due to the desperate state of financial need, the refugees accepted low paying high labor jobs that no one else wanted.
However, soon the Vietnamese bought shrimp boats and began to compete with fishing businesses