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Vietnamese immigration to America has been almost exclusively a by-product of the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. Although there were probably fewer than 10,000 Vietnamese living in America in 1970, by 1980 this figure had risen to almost a quarter of a million as a result of the South Vietnamese defeat and subsequent refugee flows. Today, these and subsequent immigrants from Vietnam, along with their descendants, number well over half a million.

Although Vietnamese Americans reside nationwide, the largest concentration (approximately 40%) lives in California, most notably in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles.

Web Sites

In Helpful Web Sites, you can find links to useful resources about Vietnam.


  • From Vietnam to America: A Chronicle of the Vietnamese Immigration to the United States, by Gail Paradise Kelly

For some tips on researching abroad, see the topic All about international resources.

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