Voices from Southeast Asia: The Refugee Experience in the United States

Voices from Southeast Asia: The Refugee Experience in the United States

Voices from Southeast Asia: The Refugee Experience in the United States

Voices from Southeast Asia: The Refugee Experience in the United States

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Since the American evacuation of South Vietnam in April 1975 and the collapse of the governments in Cambodia and Laos, well over 2 million refugees have fled their homelands due to intolerable human rights violations and subsequent deteriorating economic conditions. Almost 1 million refugees from those countries have been accepted for resettlement in the United States at an estimated cost in billions of dollars. This is their story.

Many of these refugees are now American citizens and prefer to be called new Americans. They live in all fifty states and represent very diverse backgrounds of education, experience, and skills. They are in the United States because of their close collaboration with the American military during the war in Southeast Asia and because of their often fierce identification with the United States's democratic form of government.

These refugees came to the United States at the invitation and with the . . .

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