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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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“Like We Lost Our Citizenship”

“Like We Lost Our Citizenship”

Vietnamese Americans, African Americans, and Hurricane Katrina

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(p.264) Chapter 10 “Like We Lost Our Citizenship”
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Asian Americans in Dixie
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Marguerite Nguyen

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037832.003.0011

This concluding chapter examines representations of Vietnamese Americans before and after Hurricane Katrina. The recuperation of American political and military might in the 1980s marked a transition in representations of Vietnamese Americans, as the New Orleans media began to focus on stories of Vietnamese American economic and educational “success.” Nevertheless, Vietnamese Americans lived more or less under the radar until about thirty years later, when they were once again thrust into the media limelight because of their quick return and recovery after Hurricane Katrina. Once potential objects of New Orleans exclusion, Vietnamese Americans now represented the city at its best, with national and international media outlets upholding the community's efforts as a story of hope and achievement in the aftermath of disaster.

Keywords:   Vietnamese Americans, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans media

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