"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
Where is everybody getting all this extraordinary acheivement of the Vietnamese? Sure a lot of them have become very successful, but alot of them haven't. They look pretty much like any other group.
Today, even as many still struggle with isolation, high poverty rates and persistent crime, particularly among low-income youth, some in the community are increasingly making their voices heard outside their ethnic enclaves -- and becoming more a part of the nation's fabric.
Citywide (San Jose), 13 percent of Vietnamese households received public assistance in 2000 compared to 4 percent of all households, census data show.
These struggles are obvious in Oakland, 40 miles north of San Jose, where more than one-third of the city's Vietnamese live below the poverty line and per capita income is half that of the overall population, census data show.
The Vietnamese American Community : Asian-Nation :: Asian American History, Demographics, & Issues
It's hard to find a lot of information because, the Vietnamese are usually grouped in with 'Asians'.About 31.3 percent of Vietnamese immigrants lived in poverty in 2008 compared to 37.9 percent of all immigrants and 28.7 percent of the native born.
Migration Information Source - Vietnamese Immigrants in the United States
“I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.” - George W. Bush
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
"Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911
There are also people who have been born with every opportunity but go on to have failed and unhappy lives. Asking the government to make everything equal, including outcome, ignores the human spirit which exists in all of us and which should get the opportunity to express itself. That's really the American Dream, to my mind. Just to be whatever you can be and to take pride in that.
The Jewish example might have been used, or the Italian, Irish, Icelandic, or any cultural group. The Vietnamese were just more recent.