Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 25, 1976 · Page 6
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 6

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, April 25, 1976
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iA · NorthwMl Arkcinxii TIMES, Sunday, April 25, 1976 The Road Proves Difficult " v v T ^^ Vietnam's Refugees - - One Year Later ; EDITOR'S NOTE -- pa the first inniversary or the fail of Saigon, .the Vietnamese refugees who fled lo America arc "trying to solve t h e difficult problems of daily lite, without grial success. By M I K E SHANAHAN ORLANDO. Fla. (AP) -- Before Joining 130.00 others .in a desperate flight to t h e United S t a t e s , a year ago. Tran Minh Tri was a lieutenant in the Vietnamese army, a career military man and a member of A wealthy family. ViNow he lives with his mother, two 1 sisters and two brothers in R sparsely-furnished garden anartnient in this central Florida city a n d , h e works for the minimum .wage, $2.30 an hour". *l a plant known in the local Vietnamese community as tht "chocolate banana factory.' English Professor Author Of Article . ,-Dr. Blair Rouse, professor o 1 English at the University o! i Arkansas is the author of at irticle that appears-in a book '· on Ellen Glasgow, the Virginia : novelist. ; . The article. "Ellen Glasgow's ' Civilized Men," is one of a ' collection, "Ellen Glasgow · Centennial Essays.'* published ! by, Th* U n i v e r s i t y . o · Virginia Press at Chariot ', ttsvUle. Dr. Rouse's essay wa ; presented originally as a pape at the Ellen Glasgow Ceritennia Symposium held at Mar) ; Baldwin College in Sta union 1 Va. in 1973 on the centennial an \ niverssry of (he b i r t h of ' Virginia author. ; The volume brings logethe all the - essays delivered a Stauhton and at another con Terence in Richmond, as we «s other articles by scholar Interested: i n . ALiss Glasgow' : work. Professor Rouse native of Virginia and authority on the work of Mis .Glasgow. He serves as vie prtsident of The E l l e Glasgow Society. Its salary supplements the ariiily's rnonthly welfare check if under $200. Of 27 laborers in the Tropical r ruit Specialities Inc. plant, )ti \rc yielnam,e5,e., Tlipy personify vh'ai has happened'to (he rctu- ices' in t h 6 year since, : the fall if Saigon last April 30 -- not inly in Florida,, when theie -=ire ,6.000, but nationwide, A year ago Ino 16 included a awycr,, an Air Force Pilot and he'wife of a ' s e n i o r ' o f f i c i a l m Hie of Veitnam's 34 provinces, *fow they dp frozen bananas n chocolate by hand and spriiv !n them with peanuts, turning out a product called "Banana Bob." for ,saJe to tourists at icarby Disney World- Interviews with refugee _.:s here and rlacwlu'rc, anci with American resettlement of iicials, show that maiiy of" the Vietnamese suffer today fron culture shock and from high unemployment, Many migrate from stale lo slate En search' 1 ol work or of reunification with relatives living elsewhere in the country. A fierce ciclerminattor has developed among sotm Vietnamese to enroll in American schools, the interviews showed, even if the refugees have to sign up for welfare checks to support themsetve. while thev studv. SOME F I N D W O R K An estimated 61 per cctit Ihe refugees who· want to worl have found jobs, according t federal officials. But e.\ample of underemployment abound n every stale. In Los Angeles, lh former director general of Sai gon's Interior Ministry doe yard work. An Air Force colo nel delivers newspapers, medical doctor is a nigh watchman. , In Orlando, a former aide to Vietnam's Premier Nguyen Cao Ky works as a clerk for the gas company and teaches judo at the local YMCA. A former district chief drives an airport limousine. The migration .from state to state in search of jobs is bringing many of the Vietnamese eventually to California, ·Gary McCotnber of Inc. California Health a n d ' Welfare Agency expects the stale's refugee population to reach be- ween 44.00 and 53,00 by tinuner of 1977. Like California, the .Washlng- on D.C.'nvca hud an enclave of 'ietiwmese before Saigon fell, o the capital also'bus,been the lestination of many dissatisfied initial homes in v U h - their Vrii erica 'This i s ^ a very mobile crowd,"··- said Jeanne MacDa u'cls 'ol' Ihe Washington office tlic studied 157 families in Los An , geles. lie biid noarlj naif re lorted serious troubles With .heir sponsors. Officials ot private rcscUle- ncnt agencies say that when churches or community organizations became sponsors; more people were available to proud? long term help and the relationships have held up. By contrast, individual sponsors ot the i International Rescue Committee, 'especially when he sponsor hips break down after a tew months." Some \tnericah -sponsors :promised jobs, housing and financial help ind found they, couldn't deliver, she said. EXPLOITATION There . has been some exploitation. In Orlando, n formei Air .Force pilot was sponsored the manager oE an apart ment house who paid him nomi wages f o r . maintenance work and charged Ihe refugee for furniture - donated' by E church. In another Florida · case, ; man sponsored a ·Vietnamcs" I of 20 who spoke very Hll Knglish. Ho escorted her (o ' counly office for a blood le,i before it was discovered Ilia he intended to marry her with out the girl's knowledge. A Vietnamese psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Lo Dinvh Phuoc itcciucntly failed to understand the cultural barrier or to anlicj nate the economic burden they were assuming. Culture shock has compounded sponsorship problems Tlic i ef ugecs mo\ ed 11 om i conservative Asian c u l t u r e ' to the fnst jntL of AIIICILCTII life Traditionally' close 'Vietnamese family life may be thcfirstca family life may be the first eas ualt\ Psychiatrist. Phuoc says .Viet namese" usually -relieve their emotional problems w i t h i n the family, . h u l j ' in the ' Unifec States, "I'm; not sure how rrjiicl it will help "because {tie f o u n d h lion of our families has bcei changed or-destroyed! \ om en 11 e \\ 01 k ing \\ h il 1 men sit at home. Chiklrcn are learning 'a' 1 language their par cuts cannot . u n d e r s t a n d . ; Dis cipline. respect for age, evei the food, all are different in tin United States. 'In California and elsewhere, vbmen frequently have Found, it easier, to find \\ r oi'k. than their lusbands, mainly in secretarial obs'; -Marital' problems tiave jccir aggravated, in some louscholds where husbands feel l u m i l i a t c d . a l having to babysit while their wives support, the ainily 'My molher'in-law is vci, iihap»y," psychiatrist Phuo said. "In Vietnam she used lo manipulate everyone in '.he family, loir them what to do Elcre. everyone is independent. Now she cannot sleep or eat and nets very depressed, Many refugees have yet lo undcrs'lanrl Hie fiill size of the new country in relation to Smith Vietnam, a long and sle dcr land with less -limn 10 pci cent of (he land mass of the United Stales, One American who worked Vietnam and now lives i n - S h e Midwest reports that refugee who settled in small towns suE fcr Froth i crushing.-'loneliness E\cn n~ t!u\ get help on th basics From then sponsoi there is no socializing. Only : in New Orleans am M i a in i h a v e ' sponsnrin t agencies l a k e n over a[artmen buitdin^s for ttie exclusive us of refugees. ,thus creatin 'Little Saigons. Dillard's N»rthw«t Arkanus Plan · B Bon* pofent White patent Navy patent «ck p a t e n t the sandal that goes everywhere So l i g h t . . . so s o f t . . . and so comfortable. You'll love the woy they look . . . and they will take you many places. 5 to 10 medium; 6'/2 to 10 narrow. Mail Orders Invited. 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While, pink, maize, blue. special value 4 Lingerie--DILLARD'S pairs for 5 50 Open Ifl a.m. (o 9 p.m. Monday I h r n u g f i Saturday Tlie refugees arc all" in Ihe iltcd States under a special niiiHtant imrolo grnhtcd by ingress, Tlicy Iiavc n o ' g u a i ilce of over bcitig altowctl lo xiotnc citi/cns or even rest- nt iilicns. As a result mosl ycrnment , jobs -arc denied cm, including military cnlist- cnl, the best job iiossibilit.v r many refugees. Uncerlamlj o\ci \\1icthtr engross w i l l apinovc Icyisla on changing [licit- stnlu's IIEI; isr.d fears among many refii ?cs that if the Unitetl Slates itflblEshcs relations \vifli (lie omnnmist government in outh Violntim, (bey will be tic- orted iti exchange for, JnTbrma- oirabout Atncvicans still unite omited for in tlic (ighMng. No noimt of Argument dissuades lein from ti^is vicwoob 1 AlKDICAI, .PROBLEMS Some Vietnamese are reluc nt to seek medical help, even hen it Is offered free. One fa- ler in Orlando; a former heli pptcr pilot, treated bis young on's" fever -with ' a n ancicn iclmmcie rcmctEj - a bcuc f crude parallel seratcbcs 01 no hoy's back inlo which 1 .was ubbcd a solution believed to be Tiire.for'the illiicss. Hc$ell!emcnl officials a _ _ lilt; i t ' t h e r e is oiic coinnion t(e ominalbr among the V i e t n a m su, it is Ihcir dclerniinalion Ic earn to speak English f l u e n t l y .utl then to obtain trnimng in n trofession. federal resettlement officials invc emphasized that only :a laiitlful of school'districts have «ore than 100 Vietnamese sin- Icnts. Spine school Eidmims- ·alors |n California, Texas arid '[bridii'liml feared they would ivc more refugees than they could Inndle Placement is a kej factor d Pclei \\ont, irinthoi Call ornia education otfEcial. 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