I wanted to take a deeper look into Vietnamese international students in the United States. From my background as an International Relations major and my past experience, I was curious to know about their reaction toward the Vietnamese (American) in the United States. I wondered if there were any conflicts or shocks. Specifically I was asking questions about the following:
- how they emerge to the society
- what difficulties/struggles they undergo
- interact with Vietnamese American population here in the US
Methodology: interview; books -- some relevant books are not published; transnationalizing Viet Nam
- Many avoid talking about it to stay away from troubles.
- Ask a fb page of Vietnamese Intl students in the US: Admin refuse to further discuss on the subject
- three/four interviews
- more to worry about adapting/studying than identifying
- still identity themselves as Vietnam
- Most international students focus more on academics and not concerned about politics
- They struggles more on living by their own, adapting to the new environment than having conflicts with the Vietnamese American community
- When conflicts (about to) happen, they hide their identity as Vietnamese Vietnamese; some have good English enough to accept themselves as Vietnamese Americans
- Some international students come from wealth off families who own private business and are unhappy with the Government system in Vietnam --> prefer the freedom/ democracy in the United States.
Feedback from peers:
From the outside: nothing new. Student experience -- international student experience
Passing: hiding identity? Why do they pass? How? Lack of preparation intrinsicly
intl students easier to pass? Internal struggles
What aspect of they learn? How they intake/incorporate the information?
Asian American reaction on international students