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Asian Americans in DixieRace and Migration in the South$
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Jigna Desai and Khyati Y. Joshi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037832

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037832.001.0001

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Natives of a Ghost Country

Natives of a Ghost Country

The Vietnamese in Houston and Their Construction of a Postwar Community

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(p.165) Chapter 6 Natives of a Ghost Country
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Asian Americans in Dixie
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Roy Vu

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037832.003.0007

This chapter identifies the significant factors impacting the emergence and establishment of the refugee Vietnamese American community in Houston, Texas. Vietnamese Houstonians have responded and continue to respond to their migration, racialization, and marginalization in several ways. They have constructed spatiality by developing an emerging and vibrant postwar community in the Greater Houston metropolitan area (GMHA) through challenging racisms; reformulating transhistorical nationalism and political participation; creating small, well-defined social communities; shifting their central business districts; and establishing religious, linguistic, and social service institutions. Ultimately, Vietnamese Houstonians have created an exceptional, multimodal community that remains in flux, responding to the constant changes and challenges that they have faced and endured.

Keywords:   Vietnamese Houstonians, migration, racialization, marginalization, multimodal community, transhistorical nationalism, Vietnamese American community

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