uncritically embrace and live the “American Dream”" (Espiritu, 17). However, this label that people created shrouded the harsh reality that the Vietnamese people had to face during the war. It took away from the fact that these "good refugees" were more than just people from another country; they were people that came from a country that had just been ravaged by a war that the US had continuously contributed to. It painted America as the true saviors of the war and humanized the Americans more than they did the people whose lands had just been desecrated.
Question: What can we do as Asian Americans to stop people attributing any success that we may achieve to our race/culture? Can people understand that success can come from various reasons that have nothing to do with race/culture?
Espiritu, Yen Le. Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refugees, University of California Press, 2014. ProQuest Ebook Central.