Activity 1+2 Week 13

The multitude of Vietnamese immigrants after the Vietnam War was due to the new communist government in power. These refugees took to the sea in small boats to seek asylum from various nation states. The Republic’s former ally, the United States, was a popular destination. The wave of refugees would have political, cultural, and economic impact on their new home.

The plan is to use the textual background from the secondary to explain the recordings and photos. I plan on interviewing people, and setting up individual pages for each interview.

The significance of this project is to give the background on how these immigrants and their families came to be here. Most people around the region have been raised up with their own background, not expanding to learn about others. This was set up to show that these immigrants didn’t just simply “show up”. There was a series of events and obstacles and perils to crossing the sea to arrive in a new land. It seeks to give a better look to the term “fresh off the boat”.


Week 11 Blog


Textual analysis can help us discern key words that stand out and are repeated in a subject. Our activity with analyzing certain subject related words helped us to critically think about how those words affected our subjects. The words refugees, for example, was important in the acceptance of Vietnamese immigrants post-war. Immigrants was also used as they were just that. 

Activity 2 Week 11

The word immigrant shows up the most throughout all the sections because the bill was on immigration. The sub-issue of the bill was the concern of the number of refugees and asylees from Vietnam. The word immigration was consistently higher than the other two because of this.

Blog week 10

What critical questions does spatial history raise for your project work? how you consider immigration history?

How fast and far does a certain population expand? The distance between one concentration of a certain population from another.  The use of spatial history can show how a certain group expands overtime.


Blog week 9

Data on the amount of immigrants, what year they came, The ratio of male:female, the ratio of the number of departures and successful trips, the number of refugees and the survivors, the gross income of the area before the refugees/immigrants arrived, the gross income after.

Week 8 Blog

  1. Your research question: “I am studying Vietnamese immigration, because I want to find out how/why the immigrants from pre and post-Vietnam war come and settled in the USA , in order to understand how/why/what their affect is on the communities around them.”

    Refugees from Indochina HR 6755

    This bill was brought before the House committee on the issue of the refugees that were coming from Indochina right after the fall of Saigon.

    Bill Summary & Status 100th Congress (1987 – 1988) H.CON.RES.360

    Bill that sought to rekindle diplomatic relationship with Vietnam and address the new immigration wave from the new country.


    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. <; (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.