Friday, September 16, 2005

Forgotten Victims of Katrina

The topic of race and class associated with Katrina and the added suffering caused by the government in its aftermath permeates the world media. The group that suffered the most is the African Americans due to its stark poverty. My heart goes out to them.

However, one specific group of Katrina victims was conveniently forgotten - the Vietnamese Americans. About 35,000 of the Vietnamese Americans lived in the now destroyed areas caused by Katrina. To some of the war refugees who fled Vietnam, displacement and being uprooted of their homes is nothing new. As they did in the past, they will persevere and rebuild their homes. What they need is to be acknowledged of their suffering and receive relief as everyone else.

As Katrina destroys indiscriminately, I implore everyone to help the victims indiscriminately. A natural disasters is one of humans' greatest teachers.

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