Preface Acknowledgments I. The Vietnamese Entrance into America The Fall of Saigon The First and Second Waves of Refugees Subsequent Waves of Refugee Peoples Refugees and Immigrants The Countries of First Asylum The Counries of Second Asylum II. Emigration to the United States The Flight Experiences in Transit Entry and Orientation III. Initial Resettlement U.S. Resettlement Policies Community Reception Community Conflict Vietnamese Culture in America Vietamese Religious Life Vietnamese Community Organizations Mutual Assistance Associations IV. The Vietnamese-American Community Adaptation and Stabilization Cultural Continuity The Boat People The Orderly Departure Program V. Societal Integration and Adjustment Employment Occupational Characterizations and Patterns Assistance Programs and Utilization Coping and Education Transportation Housing Health Care and Cultural Values Mental Health Problems Interethnic Competition Intraethnic Competition VI. Personal Adjustments and Self-Identity Language Acquisition Family Customs and Kinship Family Size and Characteristics The Emerging Family and Economics Changing Roles with the Family Courtship, Marriage, and Family Traditions Amerasians and the Resettlement Process The Celebration of Tet VII. Contemporary Vietnamese-American Society Stability and Fluidity An Emergining Model of Adaptation Achievement in America The Outlook for the Future Appendix Notes Suggestions for Futher Reading Index Illustrations follow chapter 4.