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Becoming refugee American : the politics of rescue in Little Saigon

Author: Phuong Tran Nguyen
Publisher: Urbana, IL : University of Illinois Press, 2017.
Series: Asian American experience.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Vietnamese refugees fleeing the fall of South Vietnam faced a paradox. The same guilt-ridden America that only reluctantly accepted them expected, and rewarded, expressions of gratitude for their rescue. Meanwhile, their status as refugees--as opposed to willing immigrants--profoundly influenced their cultural identity. Phuong Tran Nguyen examines the phenomenon of refugee nationalism among Vietnamese Americans in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)983824403
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Phuong Tran Nguyen
ISBN: 9780252099953 0252099958
OCLC Number: 1007131130
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover --
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Acknowledgments --
Introduction: A Nation of Refugees --
1 Accidental Allies: Americaâ#x80;#x99;s Crusade and the Origins of Refugee Nationalism --
2 From Grief to Gratitude: Reaffirming the Past by Rewriting It --
3 â#x80;#x9C;Farewell, Saigon, I Promise I Will Returnâ#x80;#x9D;: Social Work and the Meaning of Exile --
4 The Anticommunist Viá»#x87;t-Cá»#x99;ng: Freedom Fighters and the New Politics of Rescue --
5 Assimilationists and the Postwar: Model Minority Politics in Little Saigon 6 Divided Loyalties: Americaâ#x80;#x99;s Moral Obligation in the Postâ#x80;#x93;Cold War EraConclusion: Finding Roots in Exile --
Notes --
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Series Title: Asian American experience.
Responsibility: Phuong Tran Nguyen.

Abstract:

"Vietnamese refugees fleeing the fall of South Vietnam faced a paradox. The same guilt-ridden America that only reluctantly accepted them expected, and rewarded, expressions of gratitude for their rescue. Meanwhile, their status as refugees--as opposed to willing immigrants--profoundly influenced their cultural identity. Phuong Tran Nguyen examines the phenomenon of refugee nationalism among Vietnamese Americans in Southern California. Here, the residents of Little Saigon keep alive nostalgia for the old regime and, by extension, their claim to a lost statehood. Their refugee nationalism is less a refusal to assimilate than a mode of becoming, in essence, a distinct group of refugee Americans. Nguyen examines the factors that encouraged them to adopt this identity. His analysis also moves beyond the familiar rescue narrative to chart the intimate yet contentious relationship these Vietnamese Americans have with their adopted homeland. Nguyen sets their plight within the context of the Cold War, an era when Americans sought to atone for broken promises but also saw themselves as providing a sanctuary for people everywhere fleeing communism."--Back cover.

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"Nguyen offers a bold yet nuanced analysis of Vietnamese refugee experiences in the US. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice "In Becoming Refugee American Phuong Tran Nguyen offers a timely and Read more...

 
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