Vietnamese Americans in Southern California react to death of General Vo Nguyen Giap
- October 5, 2013
- Ivan Small, anthropology postdoc, is quoted by Southern California Public Radio October 5, 2013
From Southern California Public Radio:
Other first-generation Vietnamese immigrants contacted weren't eager to talk about him, and there are reasons for this, said Ivan Small, a postdoctoral researcher in UC Irvine's anthropology department. Small studies the Vietnamese diaspora and is the son of a Vietnamese immigrant who left several years before Saigon fell. Even decades after leaving Vietnam, personal memories of oppression remain vivid for those who fled communist rule, he said. "My mother who left before 1975 does not feel strongly anti-communist, but my uncle (her brother) who had to wait until 1986 to escape Vietnam and is very much against the current regime," Small wrote in an email. " In political conversations between the two of them he'll sometimes say 'you weren't there, you don't know.'"
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