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Vietnamese and Latinos: the irony

June 30, 2007

Re "They mix, not match," June 24

A common and unintended consequence of a program that grants preferential treatment to any one group is the likelihood that some of the beneficiaries of that treatment will conclude they were so blessed based on merit. Apparently, such is the case with many of Orange County's Vietnamese, who were given access to this country based on American largesse (be it as refugees or under family unification) and now disparage Latino illegal aliens in this country.

But the grand irony is that so many of today's Orange County Vietnamese residents, or their parents and grandparents, risked their lives by illegally entering countries adjacent to Vietnam in order to come here and make a better life. Sound familiar? That some Vietnamese harbor resentment toward their Latino counterparts speaks volumes about irony and self-serving hypocrisy in the extreme.

THOMAS J. BRAYTON

Long Beach

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