One cannot deny that Vietnamese boat people that set up communities in Australia have given birth to some of the most hard core gangs in Australia.
They are tough, they are brutal and they are really frightening if you are on the receiving end of their blows.
They are involved in some not so desirable activities and even the whites fear them because they are very brutal when it comes to confrontation, which is one reason why some Aussies dont like chinese, to them all yellow skin are vietnamese.
However they can also be very good friends and good bosses. They are filal to their parents and their own kind.
Why the great divide? One has to understand where they are from, they came from a war zone. They fled the country in boats crammed tight with refugees, some died on the way. They come to a foreign land with nothing and will do anything to survive. It is war that made them who they are today.
Even the ones in Joo Chiat now.. frankly they come here to get a better life, if they didnt have to. Do you think they would want to come here and sell their body and soul? Just like you dont see a Singaporean girl working as a working lady in a foreign country. Because we are lucky not because we are morally better.
As for those who say who am I to judge the vietnamese. Well my ex boss was an aussie vietnamese who was also an triad member, and my classmate were vietnamese too. So I kind of know them pretty well.