When I was in California, two weeks ago, I was able to check out just an "icing" of the Vietnamese community. I do wish I spent more time there, but split time with being with family and this project.
What I did see was an extremely vibrant community. One that I know that I will be returning to. Well whenever I head back to California that is. Where I went to were banh mi shops, which are very numerous, hair salons, and super markets. I did get into trouble at a super market. I just had my camera around my chest and a security guard came up to me and told me no photographs are allowed inside.
This community is really a self sustaining one and growing. Everywhere I went, there were political signs for Vietnamese politicians. It looks like this community has really adapted, but maintained our Vietnamese culture when they moved here.