Lofgren Introduces Resolution Recognizing Vietnamese Americans

July 14, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Lou Correa (D-Calif.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), and Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) introduced a resolution today recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of Vietnamese Americans.

"In the 1980's under President Ronald Reagan, the United States resettled hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees, at times taking in more than 10,000 per month," said Lofgren. "In my congressional district and across the country we are vastly enriched by refugees from Vietnam. The largest number of Vietnamese Americans in the United States in the city of San Jose have created a tremendous business environment, raised wonderful children, and become a very valued, integral part of our community."

"In light of the difficult and often tragic circumstances faced by Vietnamese refugees who came to the United States, it is my desire to recognize the accomplishments of Vietnamese Americans and the extraordinary contributions they have made to our nation," said Correa. "They have built a home in the United States and became a deep part of our society. We are a better nation because of the brave refugees who chose to make the United States their home."

"It has been 42 years since the Fall of Saigon and the start of a journey to freedom for so many Vietnamese Americans," said Lowenthal. "We must acknowledge their courage, commitment and determination in their pursuit of a better life for their families. We must also honor their continued strength in forging a new life in a foreign land. Today, the economic and cultural contributions that Vietnamese Americans have made to our country abounds. The continuing contributions they make on a daily basis to our nation enriches the fabric of our American tapestry."

The full text of the resolution is below:


Recognizing the accomplishments and the contributions of Vietnamese Americans.

Whereas, in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, approximately 800,000 Vietnamese refugees fled persecution and resettled in the United States;

Whereas an estimated 1.7 million Vietnamese Americans currently reside in the United States, making the United States home to the largest number of individuals of Vietnamese descent outside of Vietnam and Vietnamese Americans the fourth largest Asian American population in the United States;

Whereas Vietnamese Americans have established strong communities across the country, including in the States of California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington;

Whereas first- and second-generation Vietnamese Americans have overcome tremendous socio-economic challenges, including discrimination, language and cultural barriers, and poverty, to emerge as significant contributors to American society;

Whereas Vietnamese Americans contribute to American society through their work in business, education, science and technology, engineering, mathematics, literature and the arts, gastronomy, the armed forces, and public service at every level of government;

Whereas Vietnamese Americans support the advancement of religious freedom, democracy, and human rights around the world; and

Whereas Vietnamese Americans contribute to the rich cultural and religious diversity of the Nation: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives to recognize the accomplishments and significant contributions of Vietnamese Americans in the United States.


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