Who: Mark J. VanLandingham, Thomas C. Keller Professor Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
What: Weathering Katrina, Culture and Recovery among Vietnamese‐Americans Book Talk and Signing
Prof. VanLandingham speaking on his newly published book, Weathering Katrina ‐ Culture and Recovery among Vietnamese‐Americans.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. The principal Vietnamese-American enclave was a remote, low-income area that flooded badly. Many residents arrived decades earlier as refugees from the Vietnam War and were marginally fluent in English. Yet, despite these poor odds of success, the Vietnamese made a surprisingly strong comeback in the wake of the flood. In Weathering Katrina, public health scholar Mark VanLandingham analyzes their path to recovery, and examines the extent to which culture helped them cope during this crisis.