In-Depth: From Saigon and Sarajevo to St. Louis, Refugees - Refugees Deeply

FEW U.S. METROPOLITAN areas transform as noticeably from one neighborhood to the next as St. Louis.

On the drive toward the Gateway Arch on the banks of the Mississippi River, in the original heart of the city, the roads turn from smooth to ragged and become peppered with potholes. Ritzy malls are replaced by thrift shops. The affluent neighborhoods of the counties give way to poverty and neglect in the city.

On a boulevard that cuts St. Louis into two, marking a striking racial and economic divide, Hang Nguyen Trinh and her family, originally from Saigon, own the best-known Vietnamese restaurant in the area.

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