ERIC Number: ED191966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-28
Reference Count: 0
The Needs and Expectations of the Indochinese in America.
Thuy, Vuong G.
Since 1975, 300,000 Indochinese refugees have come to the United States. They continue to arrive at the rate of 14,000 per month. Although the efforts of the American government and people were laudable at the outset of Indochinese resettlement, the refugees have not been able to acculturate and become an integral part of American society. They have met with alienation and hostility and have, in self-defense, withdrawn into their ethnic enclave. Culture shock has taken a tremendous psychological toll on the refugees. Refugees have not been given equal opportunities for employment. Government funded Indochinese programs have in effect excluded Indochinese from obtaining positions in the higher echelon. Bilingual Indochinese educational programs have been sorely lacking in materials and personnel. The establishment of organizations to plan and implement assistance programs with Indochinese leadership and participation, a national policy that reflects the needs of the refugees, improved and expanded educational programs, and study of the factors leading to the success and failure of Indochinese resettlement can all help to begin to fulfill the needs of the refugees. (MK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper delivered at the National Conference on Indochinese Education and Social Services (1st, Arlington, VA, March 28, 1980).