The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 reunited factions of not just one, but two formerly divided countries: Germany and Vietnam. Utilizing this theoretically unique case of Vietnamese refugee and immigrant resettlement in Germany, I ask: How do ethnic Vietnamese individuals’ perceptions of coethnics complicate or reinforce social divisions? This essay is based on participant-observation in various sites across Berlin and semi-structured, in-depth interviews. In noting how respondents at times naturalize or reject differences among Vietnamese from varying regions of origin and migration streams, I consider how they reproduce coethnic divisions, at times to protect their societal standing in Germany.
Research Article| February 01 2017
“There’s No Solidarity”: Nationalism and Belonging among Vietnamese Refugees and Immigrants in Berlin
Journal of Vietnamese Studies (2017) 12 (1): 73–100.
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Phi Hong Su; “There’s No Solidarity”: Nationalism and Belonging among Vietnamese Refugees and Immigrants in Berlin. Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1 February 2017; 12 (1): 73–100. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jvs.2017.12.1.73
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