Presenter Information

Johnny Nguyen
Binh Vo
Jennifer Treadway

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Demographics, Immigration, Refugees

Abstract

At the end of the Vietnamese War in 1975, South Vietnam natives sought to escape Vietnam from the communist reign of its North counterpart. Fueled by the former Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh’s dream of uniting Vietnam under one communist ideal, the north cemented their occupation in the Fall of Saigon in 1975 and the retreat of all American soldiers. Along with the retreat of thousands of American troops, came the many waves of Vietnamese immigrants to steadily make their way to various parts of the world including the United States, Canada, Australia, and France. The research will also explore how migration patterns of South Vietnamese have influenced public policy in the western hemisphere. The influx of South Vietnamese on United States’ soil pushed policy makers in Washington DC to create programs like the Orderly Departure Program, which moved more than 500,000 South Vietnamese to the United States. The influx also led to a great number of amendments to the famous Immigration Act (Hart-Celler Act) which continually raised the amount of visas administered to immigrants from all other eastern countries. This paved the way for not only Vietnamese immigrants but many from Indochina. Lastly, we will look at the result of these migration patterns and how it has affected the new generation of Vietnamese citizens in the United States. We will examine the densest populations of Vietnamese-Americans in states and explore their various demographics across education, socioeconomic income, and political philosophies.

Poster Number

70

Faculty Mentor(s)

Rex Wirth

Department/Program

Political Science

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

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May 21st, 11:30 AM May 21st, 2:00 PM

Vietnamese Migration Patterns and Public Policy

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

At the end of the Vietnamese War in 1975, South Vietnam natives sought to escape Vietnam from the communist reign of its North counterpart. Fueled by the former Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh’s dream of uniting Vietnam under one communist ideal, the north cemented their occupation in the Fall of Saigon in 1975 and the retreat of all American soldiers. Along with the retreat of thousands of American troops, came the many waves of Vietnamese immigrants to steadily make their way to various parts of the world including the United States, Canada, Australia, and France. The research will also explore how migration patterns of South Vietnamese have influenced public policy in the western hemisphere. The influx of South Vietnamese on United States’ soil pushed policy makers in Washington DC to create programs like the Orderly Departure Program, which moved more than 500,000 South Vietnamese to the United States. The influx also led to a great number of amendments to the famous Immigration Act (Hart-Celler Act) which continually raised the amount of visas administered to immigrants from all other eastern countries. This paved the way for not only Vietnamese immigrants but many from Indochina. Lastly, we will look at the result of these migration patterns and how it has affected the new generation of Vietnamese citizens in the United States. We will examine the densest populations of Vietnamese-Americans in states and explore their various demographics across education, socioeconomic income, and political philosophies.