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Coastal Vietnamese Community Leans On Faith, And Each Other, To Rebuild After Harvey

The cohesion and resilience of Rockport, Texas' Vietnamese-American community, which numbers about a thousand, may help it recover from the storm's destruction.

Of all the churches on the Texas coast battered by Hurricane Harvey, one of the hardest hit is St. Peter Catholic Church in Rockport. As it happens, St. Peter is the heart and soul of Aransas County's large Vietnamese population.

"This used to be our church. I haven't been inside to see the devastation," said Leah Oliva, a catechist and secretary there, as she gingerly stepped over broken glass and clumps of insulation.

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