Professor Valverde’s text “Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora” really connected to the content we are producing in class. Chapter four highlights Chau’s personal experience using art and exhibits to portray her experience as a Vietnamese-American. This relates to many Asian-Americans in today’s society, who still have to watch their loved ones work tirelessly to send money back home to those their relatives. Relating this to the work we are doing in class, I realize that creating a realistic perspective of the Asian American experience is vital in the healing journey from our oppressive past. Acknowledging the past but also focusing on the present will help individuals, especially coming from Vietnam, create a new narrative of what it means to be Vietnamese-American and not just Vietnamese. Chapter five is a clear example of society’s deep-rooted fears of Communism and how it impacts those trying to move forward from that narrative. Attacking Madison and critiquing her choice in partner, wedding, and political decisions because of an intense fear doesn’t allow any progress to be made. My visual is of the “Crazy Rich Asians” cast since they are redefining what it means to be Asian American in movies. Asian men can be sexy and Asian women can be successful and independent. If Chinese Americans can attempt to move beyond stereotypes, what hinders others in the Asian diaspora to do the same? Is it that their histories are not properly acknowledged, therefore healing cannot be initiated?
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