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As I mentioned earlier the main research methods was interviews.

There were approximately 72 interviews


ranginging from 1 to 4 hours in length. Each interview was taped, transcribed, and analyzed using commonly
accepted themes of qualitative research. All participants either were or saw themselves as leaders of their
communities, both for the Vietnamese and the mainstream. She also used census data, newspaper clipping and
1.Citation (ASA Style):
o Aguilar-San Juan, Karin. 2005. "Staying Vietnamese: Community and Place in Orange
t County and Boston." City and Community 4:37-65
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Aguilar poses many scenarios where she tries to decipher the issues facing Vietnamese
Americas in Orange County and in Boston as well as anywhere else similar issues would be
present. Her thesis of the article is prove that theory of spatial assimilation in which
immigrants try and become Americans opposed to where they are actually from. She argues
and challenges that for the Vietnamese to "become American" they will have to "stay
Vietnamese. To prove this she uses "place" as her main vehicle in describing life in those
two areas of the US.

cumants to further some of her findings. Another interesting way she found research was through her graduate
Aguilar spent the better part of 10 years spending time in both California and Boston. She
was never there for a extremely long periods of time, usually only enough to accomplish
what goals she needed to obtain at the time. During those visits she interviewed 52 English-
speaking Vietnamese and 20 non-Vietnamese people who were experts on the Vietnamese.
They included universtity students, elected officials, social service workers, small business
people, clergy, and community advocates. They were located through three main methods.
The reputational, the snowball, and the quota method. The reputational is constructed by
creating a list of potential people to talk to and is then pared down by those who you
converse with. The other two are used as result of the reputational list gettng pared down to
small.
and undergraduate classes that she taught in both California and Massuchusetts.
As far as limitations go I feel that simply interviewing a handful of "people with power" may skew some of
the results as well as lead you assume things that may or may not be true due to your diminshed sample size.
5.What were the primary findings of the
research?
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2.What is the primary research question or thesis of this


article?

3.What are the characteristics of the population studied? How many people, ages,
genders, race/ethnicity/nationality, professions, etc.? How were these people
selected?

6.Critique this article, discuss method, findings, analysis, writing style, or other
elements of the research project.

4.What research method(s) was employed by the researchers? Was this appropriate for the
population and the research question? Were there limitations to this method?
I thought the author did a good job in establishing her criteria and seeking out those that
were experts in what she needed. The only critique I have would have to be her neglect of
the less fortunate immigrants. Granted I am not as informed on the Vietnamese as she but
one can only guess that there are more than just chiefs, there should be a couple indians
running around one of those places. Other then that and the undeniable repetitiveness of the
article itself I think she verified and proved her visions of "place" in regards to immigrant
communities.

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