February 9, 1987 |
When a Southeast Asian refugee on welfare chooses to work in the underground economy, it is often for reasons beyond simple greed. Resettlement workers and county officials say the formation of a vast underground economy must be viewed in the context of three decades of war in Vietnam and a United States that has embraced a million refugees from Southeast Asia without providing the proper training and assistance for self-sufficiency.
March 5, 1990 |
Although the unemployment rate is at a relatively low 5% and Gov. George Deukmejian is fond of declaring that California "is now an economic powerhouse," the state's primary welfare program is growing twice as fast as its overall population. The governor predicts that the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program will grow by 5.4% next year, in what has become a trend in recent years.
October 3, 1991 |
Vietnam apparently has reversed a longstanding policy and agreed to take back "boat people" who are forcibly returned home, a U.N. official said Wednesday. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese have been denied refugee status but refuse to return home from several Southeast Asian countries and Hong Kong. More than 50,000 in Hong Kong alone are crowded in squalid, violence-ridden camps. To qualify for refugee status, the boat people must be found to be fleeing political persecution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1988 |
American residents who were born in Southeast Asia are being charged $150 to $300 for visas to visit Thailand that cost others only $15. Unlike most visitors to Thailand, Americans who were born in Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia say they are unable to obtain their tourist visas from the Royal Thai Consulate in Los Angeles. Instead, they are being sent to one of four private visa agencies that are charging them much higher fees.
May 25, 1996 |
A new wave of Hmong refugees appears to be headed for the San Joaquin Valley, daunting news in a heartland already struggling to absorb 65,000 members of the most ill-prepared immigrant group ever to land in America. About 3,000 Hmong, a tribal people from the highlands of Laos, are expected to arrive this summer from refugee camps in Thailand to be reunited with families.
April 2, 1990 |
When they arrived on the Gulf Coast a decade ago to take up fishing, Indochinese refugees found bitter resentment among many natives here. Now the immigrants are beginning to leave amid hard times in the fishing industry. And many of their neighbors are sorry to see them go. The exodus ironically comes as tensions between the newcomers and native-born fishermen had sunk beneath the surface of life in this Gulf of Mexico town of 49,000 people.