Introduction: Where does Viet Nam end and America begin? -- Producing and constructing Vietnamese America -- Q: nationality? A: Asian -- Like a dream I can never forget : remembering and commemorating the past -- What's good for business is good for the community : packaging and selling Vietnamese America -- Implications for community and place -- Conclusion: How do you stay Vietnamese in America?
With a comparative and race-cognizant approach, Karin Aguilar-San Juan shows how places like Little Saigon and Fields Corner are sites for the simultaneous preservation and redefinition of Vietnamese identity. Intervening in debates about race, ethnicity, multiculturalism, and suburbanization as a form of assimilation, she elaborates on the significance of place as an integral element of community building and its role in defining Vietnamese American-ness