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The “Boatpeople” Crisis of 1978-1979 Examined Through the Ethnic Chinese Dimension
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages.
2009 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

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.

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Keyword [en]
Boatpeople, Ethnic Chinese, Exodus, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67952OAI: 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
Available from: 2012-01-02 Created: 2012-01-02 Last updated: 2012-04-20

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