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Becoming Refugee AmericanThe Politics of Rescue in Little Saigon$
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Phuong Tran Nguyen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041358

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041358.001.0001

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Finding Roots in Exile

(p.139) Conclusion
Becoming Refugee American

Phuong Tran Nguyen

University of Illinois Press

This short chapter reflects on the limits of an exile identity, especially for two refugee giants, musician Pham Duy and politician Nguyen Cao Ky, whose disavowal of their refugee pasts in exchange for easy entry for them and their children to Vietnam was read by the refugee community as an act of surrender. It also reflects on further efforts in Little Saigon to institutionalize refugee collective, and also new, progressive developments that prove both past and future are far from settled.

Keywords:   nation-state, institutionalization, language, repatriation, postwarrior

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