Earlier this month, the Trump administration reportedly moved to reinterpret a 2008 agreement that protected pre-1995 Vietnamese immigrants in the U.S. from deportation.
The new reading would alter these protections by making Vietnamese immigrants who have been convicted of crime eligible for deportation. News of the threat led to protests in Little Saigon against the Trump Administration’s possible deportation tactic.
The rally, however, unveiled a generational divide between those who took to the streets and those who decided not to participate. As reported by the LA Times’ Anh Do, younger Vietnamese-Americans more often advocate against deportation, while the older generation— whom are largely Republican and traditional— tend to stay silent on the topic of deportation. So why is this split happening? Does this divide between generations occur among other immigrant communities?
If you’ve experienced a generational divide when it comes to discussing political issues, call us and weigh in at 866.893.5722.
With guest host Queena Kim.
Fernando Guerra, professor of political science and Chicana/o Latina/o Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University; he is a member of the Southern California Public Radio Board of Trustees
Thu-Huong Nguyen-Vo, Associate Professor of Asian languages and cultures and Asian American Studies at UCLA