TITLE: Journey to Freedom: The Boat People Retrospective (Luncheon Session)
EVENT DATE: 2009/05/02
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 24 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
In the years following the Vietnam War, more than 1 million refugees fled the war-ravaged countries of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Those who took to the ocean in small, overcrowded ships were dubbed the "boat people." Many perished on the seas, some at the hands of pirates, while others took refuge in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Indonesia. By the late 1970s and 1980s, the United States, Canada and other nations accepted many of those who survived the refugee camps. Rep. Joseph Q. Cao (R- La.) was the luncheon keynote speaker.