The “Boatpeople” Crisis of 1978-1979 Examined Through the Ethnic Chinese Dimension
2009 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
This paper examines the “Boatpeople” crisis of 1978-1979, i.e. the large-scale exodus of people from Vietnam, through the ethnic Chinese dimension. The importance of this dimension can clearly be seen from the fact that some 60-70 per cent of the arrivals by boat from Vietnam to Hong Kong and to neighbouring countries during 1978-1979 were ethnic Chinese, an ethnic group that made up about 2.5 per cent of the total Vietnamese population. The context in which the large-scale exodus took place is analysed and the factors that could help understand why the ethnic Chinese left Vietnam in such large numbers are identified. This contributes to a better understanding of the broader Boatpeople crisis as a whole and more specifically to the Hong Kong experience. It is also of relevance in order to better understand the diversities within the Vietnamese Diaspora that was formed as a result of large-scale exodus from Vietnam in the late 1970s, i.e. the Boatpeople crisis.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Boatpeople, Ethnic Chinese, Exodus, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67952OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-67952DiVA: diva2:471293
Paper prepared for the International Workshop on “Refugee Politics and the Chinese / Vietnamese Diaspora - 30 Years after the ‘Vietnamese boatpeople’ in Hong Kong”. Organised by Southeast Asia Research Center (SEARC), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 16-17 October 2009