H.Res. 342: Expressing Support for the Designation of May 2, 2009 as "Vietnamese Refugee Day"

H.Res. 342

Expressing Support for the Designation of May 2, 2009 as "Vietnamese Refugee Day"

Sponsor
Rep. Anh Cao

Date
April 28, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.Res. 342 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao (R-LA) on April 21, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 342 would resolve that Congress:

"Supports the designation of `Vietnamese Refugees Day' in order to commemorate the arrival of Vietnamese refugees in the United States to document the harrowing experiences Vietnamese refugees, and subsequent achievements in their new homeland, to honor the host countries that welcomed the boat people, and to recognize the voluntary agencies and nongovernmental organizations that facilitated their resettlement, adjustment, and assimilation into mainstream society in the United States."

Background

According to the resolution's findings, the Library of Congress' Asian Division together with many Vietnamese-American organizations across the United States will sponsor a Journey to Freedom: A Boat People Retrospective symposium on May 2, 2009. Many Vietnamese escaped in boats and by land across the Cambodian, Laotian, and Thai borders into refugee camps in Thailand, during the late 1970s, after the Vietnam War. Over 2,000,000 Vietnamese boat people and other refugees are now spread across the world, in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, England, Germany, China, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, the Philippines, and other nations. Over half of all overseas Vietnamese are Vietnamese-Americans, and Vietnamese-Americans are the fourth-largest Asian American group in the United States. As of 2006, 72 percent of Vietnamese-Americans were naturalized United States citizens, the highest rate among all Asian groups.