Refugee Workers in the Indochina Exodus, 1975-1982

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McFarland, 2010 M04 19 - 283 pages
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The fall of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to communist armies in 1975 caused a massive outpouring of refugees from these nations. This work focuses on the refugee crisis and the American aid workers--a colorful crew of malcontents and mavericks drawn from the State Department, military, USAID, CIA, and the Peace Corps--who took on the task of helping those most impacted by the Vietnam War. Experts in Southeast Asia, its languages, cultures and people, they saved hundreds of thousands of lives. They were the very antithesis of the "Ugly American."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Dominos Begin to Fall
5
2 Saigon
16
3 Cambodia
32
4 The Hmong Escape Laos
47
5 Guam
62
6 Resettlement
75
7 Indochinese Refugees in America
91
12 The Boat People Come Ashore
150
13 Solving the Boat People Crisis
161
14 The Push back at Preah Vihear
171
15 Sa Kaeo and Khao I Dang Holding Centers
182
16 The Land Bridge and Cambodian Famine
200
17 Being a Refugee
217
18 The End of the Beginning
234
Chapter Notes
249

8 Leftover Refugees in Thailand
103
9 Before the Deluge
120
10 Cambodia
130
11 Indochina
139
Bibliography
263
Index
269
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Larry Clinton Thompson was a diplomat for the Department of State in Southeast Asia during the 1970s and has worked in more than thirty countries worldwide as a refugee advocate and humanitarian aid worker.

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