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Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Human Biology

Reader 1

Dr. Rory Spence

Reader 2

Dr. Alicia Bonaparte

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Vietnamese immigration is distinct from other Asian/Pacific Islander groups in its context – the bulk of Vietnamese immigration was not of educational, economic, or career opportunity, but a diaspora. After the Fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War, Vietnamese immigrants faced extreme adversities and trauma as they fled to neighboring countries. Understanding the context and history of Vietnamese immigration plays a huge role in the acculturation process, management of health, and ability to navigate institutions among these families. As these immigrant families learn to survive in a new country, they also must face and heal from the emotional, psychological, and physical trauma from their relocation to the United States. This study aims to begin an ongoing dialogue among the children of these Vietnamese immigrants, also referred to as the 1.5 or second generation, about their beliefs and attitudes towards their own health in the context of their family’s immigration story. By using semi-structured qualitative interviews, participating second generation Vietnamese-Americans are given a platform in which they share their childhood experiences of family health and healthcare and how that directly or indirectly impacts their current health and the resulting health-protecting behaviors.