The Vietnamese had faced a lot of resistance and racism from the existing, and mostly Anglo, shrimpers when they first arrived. Twenty plus years later, they were working together against fishing restrictions. Government wildlife departments said the shrimpers were rapidly depleting shrimp in the Gulf and they were going to fish themselves out of business. Shrimpers said the government restrictions, not the lack of shrimp (which they questioned), was going to shut them down. One of the people leading the charge against the government was the tough and level-headed daughter of a Vietnamese American shrimper.
Now, it looks like many of the shrimpers in Lousiana will have to find a new line of work. Their boats and businesses were destroyed in the hurricane. But there's been very little coverage in mainstream media. There's been one whole story by a national media outlet on Vietnamese Americans, by the Associated Press, which went out on its wires yesterday.
A couple days before that, A Vietnamese American reporter at the Houston Chronicle checked out a shelter being run by nuns, who decided to do something after finding out that refugees were sleeping inside one of Houston's largest Asian strip malls. Katrina evacuation evokes memories of fleeing Vietnam three decades ago.