Over three decades have passed since the first wave of Indochinese refugees left their homelands. These refugees, mainly the Vietnamese, fled from war and strife in search of a better life elsewhere. By investigating the Vietnamese diaspora in Asia, this book sheds new light on the Asian refugee era (1975-1991), refugee settlement and different patterns of host-guest interactions that will have implications for refugee studies elsewhere. The book provides:
- a clearer historical understanding of the group dynamics among refugees - the ethnic Chinese ‘Vietnamese refugees’ from both the North and South as well as the northern ‘Vietnamese refugees’
- an examination of different aspects of migration including: planning for migration, choices of migration route, and reasons for migration
- an analysis of the ethnic and refugee politics during the refugee era, the settlement and subsequent resettlement.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of globalization, migration, ethnicities, refugee histories and politics.
Table of Contents
Part I: Revisiting an era of Refugees and Boat People 1. Revisiting the Vietnamese Refugee Era: An Asian Perspective from Hong Kong - Yuk Wah Chan 2. Rethinking the Vietnamese Exodus: Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective - David W. Haines 3. The Boat People Crisis of 1978–1979 and the Hong Kong Experience Examined through the Ethnic Chinese Dimension - Ramses Amer 4. In Search of History: The Chinese in South Vietnam, 1945–1975 - Li Tana Part II: Hong Kong Vietnamese Boat People and Their Settlement 5. The Vietnamese Minority: Boatpeople Settlement in Hong Kong - Yuk Wah Chan And Terence C.T. Shum 6. Vietnamese Youth and Their Adaptation in Hong Kong - Ocean W. K. Chan 7. Thanh Loc- Hong Kong’s Refugee Screening System: From A Refugee Perspective - Peter Hansen 8. Visions of Resistance and Survival from Hong Kong Detention Camps - Daniel C. Tsang 9. Vietnamese Boat People in Hong Kong: Visual Images and Stories - Sophia Suk-Mun Law Part III: Hong Kong and Beyond 10. Sojourn in Hong Kong, Settlement in America: Experiences of Chinese-Vietnamese Refugees - Jonathan H.X. Lee 11. Dark Tourism, Diasporic Memory and Disappeared History: The Contested Meaning of the Former Indochinese Refugee Camp at Pulau Galang - Ashley Carruthers and Boitran Huynh-Beattie 12. The Repatriated – From Refugee Migration to Marriage Migration - Yuk Wah Chan 13. Epilogue - Yuk Wah Chan
Yuk Wah Chan is Assistant Professor at the Department of Asian and International Studies at City University of Hong Kong.
"[T]his book is an excellent contribution to the field. It deepens and enlarges our understanding of the Vietnamese refugee exodus and of Asian refugee migrations generally. It also demonstrates with keen insight and sensitivity the extent to which refugee experience has shaped and continues to inform the lives and identities of multiple generations within the global Vietnamese diaspora." - Glen Peterson, University of British Columbia; Journal of Chinese Overseas 8 (2012) 123-132
"This book is a welcome addition to the work on the Vietnam-born people who escaped after 1975, by focusing just on those who left through Hong Kong. It provides a view into the world of Hong Kong refugees and sees their experience as part of a continuum of refugee experience... the book effectively indicates that the flow of people out of a country after a crisis is not even just the beginning of the story of migration." - Mandy Thomas, Australian National University; Asian Anthropology