In 1975, Vietnamese refugees began to resettle in Dorchester, MA, with the support of Viet Nam war veterans and powerful political leaders. Their reception was mired in tension and animosity by the area's predominantly Irish population. Over the past forty-five years, Dorchester's Fields Corner neighborhood has grown into a vibrant Vietnamese economic and cultural center for the diaspora across New England. Now, as the community applies for recognition by the state as a Vietnamese cultural district in Fields Corner, old racial tensions are manifesting through the mask of liberal discourse. This paper will reflect on the development of the Vietnamese American community in Fields Corner and unpack the racial tensions and solidarities during particular markers in local history.