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Becoming Refugee American: The Politics of Rescue in Little Saigon

Phuong Tran Nguyen


This pioneering social history of Little Saigon examines the institutionalization and preservation of a Southern California ethnic enclave and its people through the politics of rescue. It argues that Little Saigon’s emergence and growth was fuelled by American guilt over losing the war and Vietnamese gratitude for being rescued from communism. Thus the largest of diasporic Vietnamese communities, along with most of its counterparts nationwide, was framed as the least a guilt-ridden country could do to atone for its Cold War failures. The politics of rescue helps to explain why Little Saigon e ... More

Keywords: politics of rescue, refugee, exile, nationalism, collective memory, race, Little Saigon, anticommunism, Vietnamese, American Exceptionalism, Asian American, California, Cold War, postwar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041358
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phuong Tran Nguyen, author
Ithaca College