While Asian Americans are often depicted as one high-achieving group, there are in fact a wide diversity of Asian American populations that each have their own history and acculturation experiences in the United States. Vietnamese Americans are a particularly unique group; having come with other Southeast Asian refugee groups after the Vietnam War, they are a relatively recent addition to U.S. society with very different circumstances of arrival in comparison with groups from other regions of Asia. This article takes a historical lens to understand the unique factors surrounding Vietnamese American entry to the United States—including policy, societal reception, co-ethnic community, and other barriers and opportunities—that shaped acculturation experiences for this group, influencing their subsequent educational and occupational outcomes.
Kula, Stacy M.; Tran, Vinh Q.; Garcia, Iraise; Saito, Erika; and Paik, Susan J.
"Vietnamese Americans: History, Education, and Societal Context,"
Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement: Vol. 16
Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jsaaea/vol16/iss1/14