Summary: Kiet Tran offers a unique experience in the Vietnamese diaspora in that he did not come as a refugee during the war. He immigrated to California after being sponsored by his aunt. His unique experience opens up dialogue to various topics such as appropriation through food culture, fake marriage for a green card (permanent resident permit), and the model minority myth. To talk about food culture, we discussed what it might mean to be authentic and how can someone appropriate other cultures. Through Kiet’s discussion, I formulated an argument regarding the transformation of appropriation into appreciation. Fake marriage for illegal immigration is a huge phenomenon within the Vietnamese community as Kiet explains. By looking into details of the system of arranged marriage for immigration, I am able to draw a connection to narratives belonging to the underrepresented gendered as well as people of color. Finally, from the interview, the model minority myth was heavy; we explored the possible methods of raising the next generation of children. The model minority myth places overwhelming pressure on people, especially Asians to excel. The modern Vietnamese experience offers a special dual passage for connecting Vietnamese and American traits, history and culture.
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Publisher: University of California, Irvine Libraries. Southeast Asian Archive. Irvine, California 92623-9557.