This multimedia website includes images, text, movies, audio, music and chat-rooms, discusses about the shifting demographics of Vietnamese American immigrants including queer Vietnamese Americans and Vietnamese American adoptees. Their lives have begun in poverty and faced racial conflicts on American soil since post Viet Nam War.
It allows me, to think about different ways that a dynamic website can be used to show the intervention of the United States in Vietnam, the most important single embodiment of the strategic power of American foreign policy since the Second World War. No other crisis reveals so much of the basic motivating forces, objectives and particularly the weaknesses of American global politics. On April 29, 1975, America withdrew completely from Saigon, leaving the Republic of Vietnam to fall to North Vietnamese tanks. After the war, there were about 21 ten and a half million South Vietnamese people were turned into refugees including the “boat people.” How does racism cause struggle for Vietnamese Americans in Seattle and other areas in Washington State? In what ways are Vietnamese Americans active in antiracist movements that work against racial discrimination? I will examine racial identities in the social and cultural context of the Vietnamese immigrant history. By revealing racial conflicts that Vietnamese Americans face, this project will offer an opportunity for them to raise awareness of racial issues in their daily activities.
Many Vietnamese Americans suffer from racial crises in their new homeland. Vietnamese Americans need to acculturate in order to survive economically but they should not have to assimilate in order to maintain their Vietnamese cultural identities. In general, racial issues often happen between the dominant white and Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in terms of their sudden arrival in the United States. Understanding the history of Vietnamese American ethnicity affords an opportunity to learn the impact of unification and cooperation among Vietnamese Americans when facing racial conflicts. The information from this project comes from video, books containing oral histories, statistical books, online articles, and research thesis. This project also introduces Americans to Vietnamese culture and Vietnamese ethnic immigrant history.
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