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Imagine living in a society that does not accept you and at the same time living in a culture that is familiar to you but foreign to everyone else This is true for many Asian Americans who have immigrated to the United States Some people have the option of leaving their homeland while others such as the Vietnamese Cambodian Laos and Mien people were forced to leave in order to live People who choose to immigrate to the United States usually think about why they are leaving and at least maybe have some relatives living here For the refugees they often had to start completely on their own in a country where they cannot even speak the language Once they are in the United States these immigrants must adjust to the new society The transition from your homeland to another country is often a difficult oneThe Vietnam War sparked a new wave of Asian immigrants to the United States Southeast Asians specifically were forced to flee during the war and after due to the fear of communism Before they were allowed to settle in the United States the refugees were placed at refugee camps where they waited to be accepted for entry into the United States At the camps they were taught English and basic skills From the camps families or churches sponsored some refugees Most refugees fled to the United States with very little assets or nothing at all Many refugees had a strenuous time adjusting to the new society Numerous amounts of people found it difficult to live their life as they did in their own country Once the Southeast Asians had established themselves in this country they were faced with money and language problems as well as racism Since in most Southeast Asian countries English is not taught in school it was very hard for them to acquire good paying jobs because of their lack of communication skills Therefore their only choice
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