the older girls were teenagers
i think they wore what teenagers wore in 'x - bright-colored polyester bell-bottoms, platform shoes, and slinky printed polyester tops -- heaven to this baby femme! they didn't have anything from vietnam that i ever saw. but this was immediately after they got to the US, or within a couple of months, and they'd literally come over on a boat, with nothing. all the spoke at least some english, but none of them were in my class at school, so i don't know if they got teased -- probably, knowing what can be like. but then we also had a lot of vietnamese refugees in seattle, and it was made a big deal in school and everywhere how great it was for them to come here, and how great it was that we could have them. i was just a kid, but that's how i remember it.