"Little Vietnam" on John R Road in Madison Heights, Michigan
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Little Vietnam is a name given to ethnic enclaves of expatriate Vietnamese. Alternate names include Little Saigon (mainly in "free countries" ) and Little Hanoi (mainly in historically communist nations), depending on the enclave's political history. Saigon is the former name of the capital of the former South Vietnam, whereas Hanoi is the current capital of Vietnam.
Vietnamese enclaves such as those labeled as "Little Vietnam" have differing political leanings depending on whether it is one that exists in the "western" countries versus those that exist in the former Soviet-bloc. "Little Saigon", a term that is associated specifically with the Vietnamese enclaves in the United States are typically anti-communist, whereas, "Little Hanoi", a term that is associated with those Vietnamese enclaves in the former Soviet-bloc have their origins from the Communist era. This was made apparent when a Vietnamese-American video store owner named Truong Van Tran caused controversial stir when he displayed in his store a portrait of Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh. In the former East Germany, the Little Vietnam "... on the eastern side sought to bolster its workforce with unskilled Gastarbeiter, or 'guest workers', to help build socialism on German soil."
Separated communities and integration
Vietnamese enclaves in the United States tend to live in separated communities according to a study Brown University. According to the study, the Vietnamese tend to stay separated from white Americans as much as African Americans are separated from non-Hispanic whites. The same study also found that among Asian Americans, the Vietnamese have the highest rate of poverty.
In contrast, the Vietnamese community in France is well integrated into French society, largely due to better linguistic and cultural knowledge of the host nation among the generation of immigrants. A survey in 1988 among French citizens placed the Vietnamese in fourth place as the most integrated immigrant group in the country, behind the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese communities. Furthermore, the Vietnamese population in France has a high level of education attainment, and average income rates are above the national median.
Grocery stores and restaurants
Many Vietnamese enclaves will have numerous Asian supermarkets and Vietnamese restaurants. For example, Madison Heights, Michigan's Little Vietnam supposedly started with a nail supply stores, which then expanded to a full service Vietnamese grocery store selling everything from Vietnamese DVDs to Chinese herbs. The article further states that a Vietnamese restaurant was then opened by students at a nearby university, which then accounted for "... full 55% of such restaurants located in Metro Detroit."
|Regions with significant populations|
|United States||1,799,632 (2010)|
|Russia||up to 150,000|
|United Arab Emirates||20,000|
Little Saigon (US)
In the United States, most of the Vietnamese enclaves are labeled Little Saigon, although some use the term "Little Vietnam", with the major concentrations on the west coast, especially in the U.S. state of California.
Chicago, Illinois, US
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Orlando, Florida, US
East Colonial Drive in the U.S. city of Orlando, Florida has a "Little Vietnam" that is known for its Vietnamese cuisine. The area has been evolving since the 1970s and is currently a 10 block stretch Colonial Drive.
Little Hanoi (Former Soviet-bloc Nations)
In the former Soviet-bloc nations of East Germany, Czech Republic, and Russia, the Vietnamese enclaves are usually labeled "Little Hanoi" to reflect the representation of the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Other names, (for example: "Sapa") will usually reflect other aspects of the North Vietnamese geography.
Unlike other overseas Vietnamese populations, Vietnamese in France have not formed ethnic enclaves within the major cities of France, largely due to high rates of integration. However, there is a significant Vietnamese presence and concentration in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, especially in the Quartier Asiatique neighborhood.
While Vietnamese enclaves are not found within the major cities of France, there are a handful of suburbs in the Île-de-France region surrounding Paris that contain significant Vietnamese populations. The relatively quick assimilation and affluence of Vietnamese who arrived after the Vietnam War resulted in the suburbanization of the community during the 1980s. Communes with a high concentration of Vietnamese are found in the départment of Seine-et-Marne, as well as the town of Ivry-sur-Seine.
In southern France, a "Little Vietnam" in Sainte-Livrade-sur-Lot which housed 1,160 Vietnamese refugees in a refugee camp faces demolition after being in existence since 1956. The location has been in neglect where 120 families still live in shacks who are third and fourth generations of the people affected by the World War II.
In Melbourne the suburb of Richmond has a large proportion of Vietnamese-Australians, Victoria Street is often nicknamed "Little Vietnam." Other Vietnamese communities are centered around Springvale Road in Springvale, most parts of Footscray and also in St Albans. In Sydney they are concentrated in Bankstown, Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Villawood.
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