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Vietnamese in America the second generation

When I visited the United States twenty years after the American War, my meetings with old schoolmates gave me the impression that the Vietnamese diaspora in America is drawing closer to the Community they left behind. The national communion seenis to have transcended ideologic, political and sentimental barriers.

 
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Reading a recently-published memorandum of the congress of former Nam Dinh - Yen Mo Lyceum students, I found the words of the Vietnamese born in or having grown in the United States confirmed my feelings.
 
Faced with two cultures, they have tried to define their identity to include both. Typical in this regard is the poem Still I , written in English by Christine Huyen Chi, a Viet Kieu born in 1984. She confides in her poem:
 
It’s not easy growing up with Asian parents in a Caucasian world. 
At fifteen and wanting to do the things a normal teen-aged girl does. 
I guess my parents think that being yellow-skinned makes me different, 
Makes me smarter, better,
Or maybe it's just because I'm their child.
...I’m a yellow bird, soaring high I rise 
Gliding and diving, floating on the wing I rise 
Into days of self-respect without shame I rise 
Bringing the gifts of my family I rise.
 
While family remains a top priority, some young people are turning their eyes toward the country of their parents origin. Such is the case of Le Thuc Thuy Doan, a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.
 
Upset by the TV pictures showing the ravages caused by last year’s floods in Central Viet Nam, she wrote (in English) an article about young Americans of Vietnamese origin bridging the generation gap to raise funds to aid their compatriots in Viet Nam struck by the worst flood in a century.
 
The movement, which was started by a small group of young people but eventually grew to include their parents and grandparents, asked for help from Vietnamese artists working in the entertainment industry. They Bceived a profusion of CD, videotapes, calendars, and books which they Bold by auction.
 
K In a matter of hours, US$63,000 was collected to be sent to Viet Nam through the International Red Gross. The young journalist found that her peneration and the. ones to come will always be questioning and struggling [for theữ identity. Being «tuck between two distinct and different cultures lends itself to a continual fight for clarity. 
 
In an article titled I love Viet Nam, writer Tran Anh Dao (who arrived in America at the age of 10) spoke of her father's first trip back to Viet Nam in 1991 and how
his father encouraged his children to make a pilgrimage. Dao remembers thinking, "Why Viet Nam, especially when I hardly even know it?".
 
Yet, several years later, she did finally make the trip. That was a real culture shock, she admitted, caused by an avalanche of negative impressions: bureaucratic formalities at Tan Son Nhat airport, signs of corruption, the human river of motorbikes, street pollution, nagging street children selling ppstcards, people without limbs at each street corner.
 
But at the same time, there were encouraging sights as well: the proliference of cafes; the opening of new galleries and craft shops; Vung Tau beaches; exotic dishes; the beauty of the Vietnamese women; and the genuine smiles on people’s faces.
 
Dao’s impressions were so mixed up and contradictory that she eventually felt the need to go back three months later. She spent 11 days in Da Lat, her place of birth that binds her to Viet Nam forever.
 
Not long after, and to the great astonishment of her kin, she moved to Viet Nam. She began the life of an authentic resident. After much time and energy, she has managed to Vietnamise herself to the point where she is no longer a Viet kieu.
 
Tran Anh Dao concluded her article in this way: “I love Viet Nam for its people Mid their ability to endure and to fight, its rich culture, its five thousand-year old history, and its alluring, captivating and enchanting natural resources.”
 
“I learned that by carrying out a mission of this magnitude both in mental challenge and physical endurance, I gained a keen insight that has opened my eyes to the world and has changed my life altogether.”
 
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Update : 30-03-2018

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