Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

American Anti-Vietnamese Xenophobia

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

American Anti-Vietnamese Xenophobia

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American Anti-Vietnamese Xenophobia

American Anti-Vietnamese Xenophobia Allison Varzally. Children of Reunion: Vietnamese Adoptions and the Politics of Family Migrations. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, February 20, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3091-5. $29.95. 222pp. 6.125X9.25". 19 illustrations.

A unique take on Vietnamese migrants into the U.S. during the Vietnam War conflict, which sees the immigrants as having "challenged... efforts of reconciliation." From this summary, this seems to be a xenophobic, anti-immigration treatise. Americans are shown as the heroes that offered a helping hand to the Vietnamese children who were probably orphaned by the conflict. The problem, according to Varzally is that some of these migrants later chose to reunite with their relatives... This is a pretty alarming introduction.

This is a story about assimilation or a refusal to assimilate by immigrants who initially attempt to melt into, but eventually feel like outsiders in American culture. The author describes one immigrant who had expected that her re-located family in Vietnam would be "poor" and would "need" her "assistance," but discovered that they were actually well offor "pretty settled" (2). …

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