Race switches between dominance and minority

Nhi Nguyen,
Trinity University

In Vietnam, my ethinicity is Kinh, which is the dominant group of Vietnamese. Before coming the U.S., I never really cared about my race because I did not need to challenge any racial inequality. When I’m in the U.S. to study abroad, Vietnamese is a minority. Most people just know about Vietnam through Vietnam war or boat people. Many think that Vietnam is still a jungle (which hurts me so badly). Vietnamese like I, speaking with accent and coming from a developing, “communist” country, do not receive that much attention in public service. This is where I start seeing myself switching back and forth between the dominant and minor racial identities.

 

Race switches between dominance and minority

Nhi Nguyen,
Trinity University

In Vietnam, my ethinicity is Kinh, which is the dominant group of Vietnamese. Before coming the U.S., I never really cared about my race because I did not need to challenge any racial inequality. When I’m in the U.S. to study abroad, Vietnamese is a minority. Most people just know about Vietnam through Vietnam war or boat people. Many think that Vietnam is still a jungle (which hurts me so badly). Vietnamese like I, speaking with accent and coming from a developing, “communist” country, do not receive that much attention in public service. This is where I start seeing myself switching back and forth between the dominant and minor racial identities.

Race switches between dominance and minority

Nhi Nguyen,
Trinity University

In Vietnam, my ethinicity is Kinh, which is the dominant group of Vietnamese. Before coming the U.S., I never really cared about my race because I did not need to challenge any racial inequality. When I’m in the U.S. to study abroad, Vietnamese is a minority. Most people just know about Vietnam through Vietnam war or boat people. Many think that Vietnam is still a jungle (which hurts me so badly). Vietnamese like I, speaking with accent and coming from a developing, “communist” country, do not receive that much attention in public service. This is where I start seeing myself switching back and forth between the dominant and minor racial identities.

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