About Vietnam

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  • Population: 91.5 million
  • Languages: Vietnamese (official), English, French, Chinese, Khmer
  • Main religions: None (81%), Buddhist (9%), Catholic (7%)

About Vietnamese-Americans

  • Local population: About 1,000
  • Why they came here: Many people fled Vietnam toward the end of and immediately after the Vietnam War, which lasted from 1954 to 1975.
  • When they came: Primarily between the late '70s and the early '90s.

More resources:

  • "Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam," by Frances Fitzgerald
  • "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora," by Andrew Lam
  • "Vietnamerica: The War Comes Home," by Thomas Bass

International students, left to right, Santiago Fitzgerald, 18, of Columbia; Richard Cheung, 20, from China; Tuc Hguyen, 19, of Vietnam; and Daisy Chen, 19, of China, share a laugh while walking through the Library Complex at Herkimer County Community College in 2010. Credit: Nicole Cvetnic/Observer-Dispatch
Hang 'Chloe' Nguyen, 24, of Utica, prays on the first day of Vietnamese New Year at the Quan Am Temple in North Utica. Credit: Observer-Dispatch

Learn how Vietnam native Loi Hoang helps other refugees settle in to their new home

Sources: CIA World Factbook, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, 2006-2010 American Community Survey, O-D archives