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The boat people and achievement in America : a study of economic and educational success
Caplan, Nathan, 1930-
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 1990.
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248 pages ; 24 cm
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E184.I43 C37 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E184.I43 C37 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This is a description of an interesting and mostly unknown event in recent history which is touted by the publisher as representing a major revolution in naval warfare. In truth, the event makes a fine politics and espionage thriller, but it hardly signifies a radical transformation of military doctrine. The concept of wars being fought with missiles exclusively is not new. Israel was in a position to use this concept in war time conditions first. Based on empirical surveys as well as personal interviews, this study examines the cultural values, family milieu, and psychological characteristics that account for the successes of the Indochinese Boat People (Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian) in this country. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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An excellent book. The boat people started their perilous journey from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos in 1978. Many perished from thirst, starvation, and pirates, or in refugee camps. Many others ended up in the US with no possessions and little education. Unlike the earlier arrivals from the first wave in 1975, discussed by Darrel Montero in his Vietnamese Americans: Patterns of Resettlement and Socioeconomic Status (CH, Feb '80), these immigrants were not from their nations' elites. Carried out by the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan, this study investigates Southeast Asian refugees in Seattle, Boston, Houston, Chicago, and Orange County, California. In essence, the refugees have prospered economically and educationally. They have tended to be excellent workers. Their unemployment rate is no higher than that of blacks and Hispanics. Refugee children are getting good grades and good standardized test scores even though they are at disadvantaged schools. This important contribution to the literature on refugees and public policy, on education, and on the economy should be acquired by every library. -A. E. Roberts, Texas Tech University