Joe's Role - Song of the Buffalo Boy

Topics: Vietnam, Amerasian, United States Pages: 2 (902 words) Published: December 29, 2010
Without Joe, Loi would have never made it as far as she did. Joe is a Vietnamese boy trying to imitate Caucasian physical characteristics so that he may be accepted by the Amerasian Homecoming Program and finally get a chance to go to America to live his dream; of being in America, and living the American life. Joe is approximately 12 years old (p.154), he lived in Saigon in a park called Amerasian Park, where many Amerasians, and desperate citizens looking for a chance to go to America stayed. Since Joe has been living there almost all his life attempting to qualify for the Amerasian Homecoming Program, he has learnt to fend for himself, it is because of this fact that he is an important character in the story. Without Joe, Loi would have had been in much turmoil trying to understand the procedure set in place for the Amerasian Homecoming Program. Loi would have had absolutely no sense of direction in a big city such as Saigon, but because of Joe, she visited many places. Perhaps the most important reason for Joe’s being in the story, is that if it were not for Joe, Loi, would have had no idea of a way for her to survive in the city, all she knew from the country was how to farm for rice, but because of Joe, she was able to survive the coming weeks she spent in Saigon. After Joe’s encounter with a police officer, he and Loi established a (false) family relationship, seeing as how he could use her to get to America because of the fact that she was Amerasian, he decided to help her reach the Foreign Office and enter the Ameriasian Homecoming Program. Joe has a vast knowledge of the Amerasian Homecoming Program due to many (failed) attempts to qualify for the program. He escorted Loi to the Foreign Office, and guided her through most of the registration process. He had even got his (supposed) friend Bob (also an Amerasian) to fill out the complicated forms for the Amerasian Homecoming Program. This is only one reason that made Joe an important character to the...
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