Vietnamese Americans in Boston

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There is a Vietnamese American population in Boston. As of 2012 Boston has the largest group of ethnic Vietnamese in the state. Other groups of Vietnamese are in Braintree, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Quincy, Randolph, Revere, and Weymouth. Vietnamese also live in more distant cities in the Boston combined statistical area and the area around Boston: Attleboro, Brockton, Fall River, Haverhill, Methuen, Lowell and Worcester.[1]


After the Vietnam War ended in 1975, refugees from Vietnam arrived in Boston.[2]

By 1992 some Vietnamese gangs were active in the Boston area.[3]


In 2000 there were 1,112 ethnic Vietnamese in Lynn, an increase by over 91% from the 1990 figures. The same year there were 876 ethnic Vietnamese in Malden, an increase by 187% from the 1990 figures.[4]


The Fields Corner area of Dorchester has a large concentration of Vietnamese people.[2]


The organization VietAID provides services to Vietnamese people living in the Boston area. The Vietnamese American Community Center is located in Dorchester.[2] This community center was the first ever such center in the United States.[5]



  1. ^ Lo and Tran, p. 1 (PDF 2/9).
  2. ^ a b c Enwemeka, Zeninjor. "40 Years After Saigon’s Fall, Dorchester’s Vietnamese Community Recalls Loss, Opportunity" (Archived 2015-09-09 at WebCite). WBUR. April 30, 2015. Retrieved on September 9, 2015.
  3. ^ Butterfield, Fox. "Gangs Terrorize Asians Near Boston" (Archived 2015-09-11 at WebCite). The New York Times. February 7, 1992. Retrieved on September 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Buote, Brenda J, "Asian population up in small cities" ( Archived 2015-09-09 at WebCite). Boston Globe. June 13, 2004. Retrieved on September 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "Dorchester" (Archived 2015-09-09 at WebCite). City of Boston. Retrieved on September 9, 2015.

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