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DeForest Reports on Vietnamese Katrina


Q&A DeForest & Airriess / Vietnamese Katrina / Back in 2005, a Vietnamese community in the U.S. city of New Orleans showed unique resolve in overcoming the ravages wrought by Hurricane Katrina. While other communities around them were giving in to despair, the tight-knit Versailles neighborhood was able to rebuild and restore their neighborhood. The residents of Versailles were among the many Vietnamese who fled their homeland after the fall of Saigon and the takeover of South Vietnam by the Communist North. The immigrants in Versailles were distinct, in that they were from a rural, Roman Catholic background. Coming up on the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the rebuilding effort, VOA’s Dave DeForest spoke with Ball State University professor Christopher Airriess (AIR-ess) about what caused these Vietnamese immigrants to succeed in overcoming Katrina’s destruction.

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