Vietnamese Community in America

Vietnamese Community in America

After the fall of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975, America welcomed its first wave of Vietnamese refugees.  The United States government airlifted about 125,000 people to military bases in the Philippines and Guam, and later transferred them to refugee centers in America.  A second wave of refugees began arriving in 1978 through the mid-1980s, when two million people fled the country by boat to escape Communist persecution and poverty.  The fortunate ones made it to asylum camps in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong or the Philippines.  They eventually resettled in countries that agreed to accept them such as the United States, France, Germany, Australia and Canada... 

By the late 1970’s, thousands of Vietnamese refugees had successfully resettled in America through the assistance of agencies such as the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).  With no money or possessions, they were often placed into poor urban neighborhoods across the nation.  Many faced a difficult period of adjusting to the new culture, finding work, learning a second language, and enduring the extremely cold winters to which they were unaccustomed. But through perseverance, hard work and a respect for higher education, the Vietnamese people were able to build a network of prosperous businesses, strong communities and social presences in each city.  During this period, Vietnamese media groups also began to flourish, with various newspapers, magazines, and radio stations that provided Vietnamese-language news to the local residents.  

A decade later, the first “Little Saigon” district opened along Bolsa Avenue in Orange County, California, where nearly 500,000 Vietnamese Americans currently reside. California and Texas became the preferred states of resettlement for Vietnamese people because of the warmer climates, growing economies and open friendliness. In Texas, where the second largest population resides, Vietnamese Americans pioneered the redevelopment of Midtown Houston.  They began setting up shops, professional enterprises, and restaurants that gave Houston its first taste of Vietnamese cuisine and culture.  Within a decade, Vietnamese American entrepreneurs transformed Bellaire Boulevard into one of the most successful business corridors in Houston.  

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) showed that Vietnamese small business ownership had grown impressively by 55.8% since 2002, compared to 40.4% among all Asian-owned firms. Here, Vietnamese-owned businesses have the highest percentage increase in both the number of all businesses and all commerce receipts among the major Asian ethnic groups.  Through the tradition of hard work and good ethics, Vietnamese Americans have built a network of thriving businesses across the nation. By 2010 the five states with more than 5,000 Vietnamese-owned businesses were California, Texas, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, Georgia and Pennsylvania.  Studies have shown that as a community prospers, so does their consumer power.

With a strong network of businesses and a new generation of educated professionals, the Vietnamese have found success in their new home. The 2007 SBO showed that Vietnamese Americans owned 229,149 firms, or 14.8% of total firms owned by Asians, thus generating $28.8 billion in receipts.  From 2000 to 2010, the Vietnamese community in the United States has increased by 425,921 people, or 38 percent.  In fact, in our top markets, such as Texas -- Vietnamese is the largest Asian population.

VIETV is the most-watched Vietnamese television network in America. The Vietnamese community has prospered due to a strong emphasis on academic excellence, family ties and a desire to support a wide range of Vietnamese language media to preserve their language and cultural values.  VIETV Network is well-regarded for its diverse, informative and entertaining shows for the entire family.  VIETV Network brings quality programs to viewers who expect exceptional content and news coverage of their beloved communities as they evolve through the coming years.


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