People walk under Vietnamese national flags at an alley in Hanoi. Photo: EPA-EFE
When Dannie Doan moved to the United States at age 13 with her family, she refrained from speaking in her native language even though Texas had a large Vietnamese community.
Newly-arrived immigrants felt intense pressure to assimilate and learn “perfect English”, she said.
“There’s also a layer of discrimination if you speak a foreign language in public,” added Doan, who is now 31 and works as a climate adaptation professional. “Those incidents of white people yelling ‘Speak English’ isn’t that uncommon.”
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