Vietnamese immigration to the United States is largely a result of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. During and after the war, Southeast Asian refugees fled their home country and resettled in the U.S. After the fall of Saigon, Vietnamese arrived in the U.S. in four distinct waves, with some carrying few possessions. More recent immigrants largely arrive on family visas.
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SOURCES: 2010 American Community Survey and other Census Bureau data; Pew Research Center 2012 Asian-American Survey
NOTE: Census data based on mixed-group and mixed-race populations, regardless of Hispanic origin. For Census figures, Chinese includes Taiwanese. For Pew Research survey findings, respondents with more than one Asian heritage are classified based on the group with which they “identify most.” Respondents who identified as Taiwanese or Chinese Taipei are classified as Chinese Americans.