If you’re a Vietnamese American student and you’ve been paying attention to politics for the past four years, you may have felt a political tension unique to the Vietnamese American community.
Vietnamese American voters are more likely to vote for Trump in this election than any other Asian American group, in part to older Vietnamese Americans’ general identification with the Republican party dating back to the 1970s.
And this group’s reliance on Vietnamese-language channels, especially certain YouTube channels known for spreading misleading or inaccurate information, can heighten tensions between those in the community.
Regardless of Duong and Chan’s efforts, there remains a clear generational divide in the Vietnamese American community.
This divide causes friction even between friends and family, and there have been reports of heightening tensions among Vietnamese Americans.