SETTLING IN A NEW COUNTRY
Vietnam War ended after the withdrawal of five hundred thousand American
soldiers. After that,
first difficulty that the Viet refugees had to face was the new
language. Language is the key to opening the door to one's new country.
During the first days in the
addition, the Viet refugees had to deal with deep depression. They
escaped from their country in panic, so they left all relatives and
friends behind. During the escape, many of them had to accept the risk
of death to gain freedom. Many didn't make it. Many others suffered at
the hands of pirates who robbed, raped, or killed them violently.
Loneliness, combined with sorrow, led to feelings of deep depression
among many Viet refugees, some of whom contemplated suicide. In order to
overcome their tragic losses, they tried to live together in Vietnamese
enclaves. As a result, many social organizations were formed. Vietnamese
pagodas and churches were built in many places. Gradually, several
Vietnamese Towns were established around the country where people could
find special aspects of Vietnamese culture and begin to feel at home in
their new land.
third problem that the Viet refugees had to overcome was the struggle to
survive economically. Almost all of them arrived in this country with
empty hands. Having so suddenly lost their homes, belongings, and careers,
they had to depend on the financial support
conclusion, after 33 years of living in the U.S., Vietnamese Americans have successfully
overcome many difficulties of the past to participate in mainstream
American society. Now people can meet Vietnamese Americans anywhere.
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