Despite a federal resettlement policy of dispersing Vietnamese refugees entering the United States after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, refugees resisted and resettled elsewhere. Within the first decade of settlement, the largest concentration of the refugees had formed in the Los Angeles area. This article identifies a number of factors in the rise of Vietnamese communities in Los Angeles, its San Gabriel Valley suburbs, and adjoining Orange County.
Creating and Contesting Refugee Spaces: Federal Policy and Early Vietnamese Resettlement in Los Angeles
Elwing Su’o’ng Gonzalez is a Los Angeles historian who examines matters of race, ethnicity, immigration, and community. She has been a history teacher in public school for over fifteen years and currently is also a history instructor at Rio Hondo Community College.
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Elwing Su’o’ng Gonzalez; Creating and Contesting Refugee Spaces: Federal Policy and Early Vietnamese Resettlement in Los Angeles. Southern California Quarterly 1 February 2021; 103 (1): 99–137. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2021.103.1.99
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