Vietnamese Immigration Families
Nowadays, according to Chris Brown, Codi L. Schale and Johana E. Nilsion which are authors of article “Vietnamese Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Mental Health”, the Vietnamese immigrants’ population to 2006 is 1.1 million people. Therefore they become the fifth largest immigrant community in the United States of America (66). The immigration officially began after the fall in Vietnam War in 1975; the South of Vietnam was taken by the North Communism’s government. A lot of Vietnamese have left the country and came to the United States with the hope that they increasing their living and working condition. They have sought opportunities to full fill their dreams in the golden land where their children can have a good education and better future; their family and themselves can have a good medical care, and they can have a good job to raise the whole family. Nancy Chu and A Renee Leasure, professors of University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, report that in the 1975 first wave contained 132,000 Vietnamese, after 3 years 127,000 Vietnamese came to U.S in the second wave, and the third wave brought Vietnamese to the United States through the “Amera-sian Homecoming Act” in 1987 (105). After that three biggest immigrated wave, most of Vietnamese were brought to the U.S by their relatives who have come to United States. However, under any time, Vietnamese immigration families have to face with many specific difficulties. First, number one on the difficult list for immigration family is finding a place to settle. In order to develop in a new country, having a house to give cover to a whole family is very essential for immigrants. However, finding a house is very difficult in the United States and it becomes even harder for immigrated family. Everything around them is brand new, from climate to people. Mary C. Water mentions in her book The New Americans, currently, “Vietnamese patterns of settlement” is spreading all over the United States, and “differ in significant ways” (662). That means nowadays, many Vietnamese societies where Vietnamese can gather and communicate are organized almost every state to help new immigrants; however, it still is not easier to settle for the new ones. A lot of Vietnam immigrants and their family seem lost in an entire new environment, and then they will feel more depression when they cannot find a suitable house for their family. Many strenuous works are expected to deal with. Limited space is the very first concern for a new immigration family. They have to deal with many juristic requirements; moreover, the differences in rules, laws are existed between their Vietnam and the United States. Because of the complexity of justice requirements, immigration family’s members have to spend quite of time to understand and apply the housing rule of the U.S under every circumstance. While waiting for every other thing to be done before they can actually proceed to buy a house or an apartment, they force to find a temporally to live first. Usually, a new Vietnamese immigration family starts with a rent house or apartment, but the most regular method is sharing a room with anyone. To start a better new life, they are willing to accept any difficulties, even a whole family rents a garage to live. A Vietnam family which contains many generations is usually really big, and from five to ten persons live together. All family has to share a small area, and they do not have a personal space for themselves. Limited space not only impacts the private life of family members, but also affects studying of children. In the matter of fact, the article “Asian Youths Join Gangs Because They Feel Culturally Alienated” explains that many Vietnamese children really need a quiet space to study which they cannot have while they live in run-down neighborhoods and inside old, shabby apartments; therefore, it takes a part leading to failure at school which will the beginning of the path to join...
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