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Vietnamese Children Refugees
Vietnamese Children Refugees

Vietnamese Children Refugees 1978

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Vietnamese Children Refugees 1978

4 mins United Kingdom

Birmingham is a very long way from South Vietnam but it's not just distance that is being bridged here but a cultural and language gulf that will take time and understanding. Luckily, children are ever adaptable to new surroundings and experiences and are making the most of their new life as is vividly depicted on the face of the boy ripping open his present with joy and an infectious enthusiasm that is universal.

These five children seen in a Birmingham department store at Christmas in 1978 are amongst those that survived the dangerous sea crossing to escape from the turmoil that gripped Vietnam following the Communist take-over. The mass migration continued for many years but 1978 and 1979 was the peak of the exodus. It only reduced when the UN negotiated the 'Orderly Departure Program' with the Vietnamese government making it easier for people to leave the country legally.

The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.

Genres

News Non-Fiction

Tags

Christmas Social customs Children Refugees Vietnam

Collection

Refugee Week Christmas Crackers

Released

1978

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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