Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Quotations

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

About the Author

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pp. xi-xii

Acknowledgments

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pp. xii-xiv

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Foreword

Carl L. Bankston III

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pp. xv-xx

I first met Mark VanLandingham in early 2000, when he was a new faculty member in Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Mark already had broad experience in studying the mental and physical health of Southeast Asian populations, in Southeast Asia and in the United States, and he was interested in the Vietnamese community of New Orleans, ...

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Introduction: Why Are the Vietnamese Doing So Well?

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pp. 1-5

About a year after the Katrina disaster, I was in eastern New Orleans with one of my doctoral students conducting health interviews that provide part of the empirical basis for this book. Things were not going well for me. Our home had flooded and our insurance companies had dug in their heels, ..

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Chapter 1. Who Are These People? A Brief History of Vietnamese New Orleanians

with Hongyun Fu

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pp. 6-24

To bind together a diverse people requires an “imagined community.”1 In times of normalcy and especially in times of crisis, a populace requires a unifying, shared, and compelling narrative to hold itself together, suspend self-interest, and make possible the pursuit of common aims. Such narratives are of course anchored by actual historical events and other facts, ...

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Chapter 2. Data, Methods, and Research Strategy

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pp. 25-34

Assessments of well-being both for immigrants and for survivors of disasters such as Katrina share formidable methodological challenges. Rare attempts to assess how immigrants fare after disasters are especially difficult because these challenges of assessing the well-being of immigrants and of disaster survivors are often mutually reinforcing. ...

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Chapter 3. Why Are the Vietnamese Doing So Well? A Framework and Assessment of Postdisaster Recovery

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pp. 35-46

In the previous chapter, I pointed out many of the difficult challenges involved in the empirical assessment of postdisaster well-being, especially those related to the after-the-fact cross-sectional data that are typically available to make these assessments. Fortunately—and mostly by chance—the pre-Katrina wave of our study mitigates some (but not all) of these empirical shortcomings. ...

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Chapter 4. Why Are the Vietnamese Doing So Well? Explaining Differences in Postdisaster Recovery

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pp. 47-54

Two major related themes within the disaster-research literature are that some populations are more affected than others; and that rates of recovery vary across populations.1 By recovery, most disaster researchers have in mind one or more of the five dimensions specified in the socio-ecological model of recovery (SMR) ...

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Chapter 5. Why Are the Vietnamese Doing So Well? Culture and Its Confounders

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pp. 55-68

Decision-making in a postdisaster context—or any other—involves structure and agency. By structure, social scientists mean how the uneven distribution of economic, social, knowledge, and cultural resources (often referred to as different kinds of capital) expand or constrain the array of options available to individuals to choose from. ...

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Chapter 6. Cultural—and Noncultural—Influences on the Recovery of the Vietnamese American Community in Post-Katrina New Orleans

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pp. 69-93

In this chapter, I describe the ways in which cultural and noncultural features of social structure facilitated the recovery of the Vietnamese community in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. To underpin these descriptions, I draw on several sources of empirical evidence, including statistical analyses of well-being among Vietnamese Americans and other groups. ...

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Chapter 7. Summary and Conclusions: Why Are the Vietnamese Doing So Well?

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pp. 94-106

Many observers of the post-Katrina landscape in New Orleans have speculated that the Vietnamese community is faring better than others similarly affected by that disaster. Brisk traffic, bustling restaurants, and a sense of presence and tidiness as one drives through the principal enclave in eastern New Orleans give the impression of resurgence. ...

Notes

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pp. 107-118

References

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pp. 119-136

Index

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pp. 137-146