Immigration

Immigration - 1 Berke Adam Berke Prof. Yunte Huang English...

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Adam Berke Prof. Yunte Huang English 134 AA 6/22/10 War, What is it Good For – Immigration Surrounded by neighborhoods with names such as “Chinatown,” “Japantown,” and “Little Italy,” I never experienced a lack of cultural diversity growing up in San Francisco. Living in a city with such an array of cultures and traditions, I quickly learned to distinguish between people who were Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and other Asian ethnicities because many individuals took offense if you mistook them for a different race. As an immigrant myself, though memories of my early ages in the Philippines escape me, I realize it is important to understand where everyone in this country comes from in order to respect and appreciate their culture and traditions. Ultimately, an accurate review of the history of Vietnamese immigration to the United States cannot be accomplished without examining the effects of the Vietnam War and US humanitarian efforts. According to Marc Povell of the American Immigration Law Foundation, the early stages of Vietnamese immigration to the United States saw very few immigrants and were composed of the spouses and other family members of American servicemen in Vietnam (Povell). It wasn’t until after the fall of Saigon in April of 1975 that large-scale immigration took place in arguably five major waves (Chuong and Ta). The initial wave saw over 100,000 Vietnamese enter
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