"Kurgan Gringioni" <[email protected]> wrote in message > > Vietnam, 25 years later: Vietnamese immigrants underscore hardship of adjustment Monday, April > > 24, 2000 By Bob Batz Jr., Post-Gazette Staff Writer On and around the 25th anniversary of the > > fall of Saigon this Sunday, Thu > > Xuan Vo and his friends ask that their fellow Americans remember a few things. One is that > > before the Vietnam War ended in 1975, there were hardly any Vietnamese immigrants living in the > > United States. After the communists > won > > the war and took over the country, hundreds of thousands came to this country, but not as most > > other immigrants have. Almost every one of them came as a refugee. > > ------------------ > > > That illustrates the stark difference between the way the 2 nations see that > conflict. > > To us, it was about a worldwide political struggle (communism), to them it was about eliminating > foreign influence in their internal affairs (nationalism). > Part of my point was that if the US pulling out in 1975 helped to lead toward sovereign Vietnamese identity and functionality, then why did approx. 1.25% of the country's population emigrate to the US? And how much more of the population emigrated to other countries as refugees? Carl Not claiming to understand the Vietnamese psyche, just trying to get a better picture of it all.