Week 5 activity 2

What are the two waves of Vietnamese immigrants? 

Why am I interested?

Primary sources and how they tie in?



Week 5 Activity 1

Free to use, no copyright restrictions. The piece was posted in 1788. Any piece before 1923 is free for public use, without infringement.

Restricted. It is post 1923, therefor falls under copyright. There is also a fine print at the bottom that states that the poster used the copyright owner’s permission to reproduce.

Unrestricted as it can be used for academic purposes.

Put together as a gathering of sources, unhindered by copyright.


The type of immigration that I will be focusing on is the immigration of Vietnamese people into the United States. I will be focusing on the two main waves of Vietnamese immigration, during and post war. The question that the research will aim to answer: where did most Vietnamese immigrants settle in the United States, and what impact did they have on the local communities?

The sources I gathered are a composition of primary and secondary sources. The first, Vietnamese Immigrants in the United State

, is a background of the start of Vietnamese immigration, as well a map of the population. This shows where the Vietnamese communities are set up, and the contact they have with each other. The second,  Vietnamese Americans, talks about the numbers of immigrants and the reasons they left Vietnam. It is written by Vietnamese immigrants. The source also talks about the effect that Vietnamese communities had on the US economy and local culture. The last source, The History of Vietnamese Immigration, talks about the waves of Vietnamese immigration, where, and how they arrived in the USA.


Week 4 Activity 2- Annotated Bibliography


This source gives us a background on Vietnamese immigration to the US. It includes maps on how and where the Vietnamese populations are concentrated.



Chuong, Chung Hoan and Minh Hoa Ta. 2003. “Vietnamese Americans” Asian-Nation: The Landscape of Asian America. <http://www.asian-nation.org/vietnamese.shtml&gt; (September 20, 2013).

The authors are Vietnamese themselves. The background and estimated amount of immigrants coming from Vietnam are discussed. The cause and effect is mentioned. There is also a part of the effect of the immigration wave on US economy and culture.



Povell, Marc. 2005. ” The American Immigration Law Foundation: The History of Vietnamese Immigration”. (September 20, 2013).


More background about the Vietnamese immigrant waves. The author is not Vietnamese. He discusses the first wave,  war refugees. The second wave was filled with disgruntled post-war immigrants. There is also information about how spread out Vietnamese communities are, and the geographical locations that they prefer.




Reflective Blog week 3

To begin looking for a primary source, one must begin to brainstorm questions that they have about the past. Once a list of questions have been assembled, it is time to narrow the list down to  a specific time frame in history.  Once a time frame is established, it is time to look for primary sources of that period in time. Primary sources can come in the form of diaries, newspapers, photographs, posters, etc. The main criteria in finding a primary source is to find one that can be used to analyze to answer questions about the specific time. One can ask questions such as, what was the culture and society like at the time? What important events pushed the development of a certain movement? How did people interact and see the world, what were their values? The most challenging sources to interpret are posters and photographs. One has to infer, and develop analysis, around the context of the images. For example, a photo of  Chinese children in a Chinatown would lead to the inference of a more permanent Chinese presence at the time, in the USA. I was trying to locate a personal diary or journal, but wasn’t able to find any.

Week 3 Activity 1 :D

Both of my websites are .gov, so they are funded by the government.  The first website is titled, A People At War. This website is completely geared towards WWII. There are photographs of people and front line action.  There are links within the descriptions and information to primary sources, such as letters and newspaper.

The second website is the Library of Congress. The site is split up on different collections on different subjects. There are many collections for everything in American history, There are resources for Teachers to use in the classroom. There’s also a section for people to ask a librarian, or expert on a certain topic.

How did the Chinese affect American policies and culture? 1840s-1902



Map of California during the Gold Rush, attracting Chinese Immigrants.


Poster, attracting people West. The building of the transcontinental railroad gave Chinese immigrants an opportunity for work. Their work under the Central Pacific company allowed American culture and influence to move west, more efficiently.


Photo of Chinese children. At first, most Chinese immigrants only came to collect wealth and return home. The presence of women and children suggests a more permanent settlement. Economic burdens by this movement, lead to the Chinese Exclusion Act.



Week 2 HTM Activity

While working with the primary sources, I had to think beyond what was presented in front of me. The questions that should be asked is why and how, rather than the usual, who, what and where. I’d put the sources in chronological order, so that the investigators could see for themselves, the events and conditions that would lead from one source to another. I’d have to get more information to fill in the gaps between the sources.