Monday, November 21, 2005

A Stirring Story

Asian American victims of Hurricane Katrina received little press following the aftermath of that disaster -- and although the mistreatment of African Americans is certainly one of the most important stories that must be told regarding the incident, we cannot forget that people of other races were also deeply affected. I really enjoyed this Washington Post article that told the story of a Vietnamese American family rebuilding their lives after Katrina destroyed their home. If you have a minute, take a look.


Blogger James said...

Wow. Killer article. Bridges the gap between immigrant optimism and basic human fatalism really well.

One sidebar though - is it just me, or does the author's tone reflect a general apolitical response to Hurricane Katrina's aftermath? Much like all the broadcast news stories of so-called 'compassion' toward Katrina evacuees, this piece never mentions the horrific instigator of this family's recent loss as anything other than a natural, unforeseen occurrence, an act of God.

All the African American Katrina responses I've read have exposed overtly political messages toward the federal government's response to the calamity. This article goes as far as remarking on an entrepreneurial, professional family reduced to food stamps and Red Cross credit cards, yet never interacts with the local or national politics of their plight. What gives? I won't assert that the piece is missing a political angle, because the family may not view their new hardship in those terms. Still, I find it difficult that a family who survived the fall of Saigon and escaped from communism would not have a consciously political response to this new example of government ineptitude. Your thoughts, Jenn?

11/22/2005 04:50:00 PM  

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