Vietnamese Diaspora

Book review: Birds of Paradise Lost, by Andrew Lam

Book review: Birds of Paradise Lost, by Andrew Lam

Birds of Paradise Lost, the first collection of short stories from Vietnamese-American writer Andrew Lam, is frustrating.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 2:06pm

Clause for concern

There are just under 6,000 refugees in Hong Kong, mostly from Africa and South Asia, waiting to be screened by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Hong Kong officials, according to UNHCR.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong asylum promise gave Vietnamese a safe harbour from communist persecution

Close on one million Vietnamese fled across the border on foot or headed out to sea by the boatload to escape political persecution and poverty after the communist North defeated the US-backed South in 1975.

13 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

FYI: What happened to Hong Kong's Vietnamese refugee community?

From the 1970s, when the end of the Vietnam war first drove the country's citizens - fearful of the new Communist leadership - to flee for safer havens, through the 80s and the handover period, few issues ignited as much press coverage here as the massive flow of Vietnamese refugees, or 'boat people', to Hong Kong.

15 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Refugees deserve the same rights as citizens

Throughout history, there have been refugees - people escaping difficulties so severe that they are willing to leave their homes for an uncertain future. Their plight might be the result of war, famine, politics or, most contentiously in an age where money talks loudest, poverty.

20 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Boatpeople posed greatest challenge for top officer

After a career in the Immigration Department stretching back three decades, one incident stands out in the mind of Henry Siu Chung-kit - the day the first batch of Vietnamese boatpeople sailed into Hong Kong.

The 57-year-old assistant immigration director will retire on Wednesday after 32 years of service, 12 of which have been spent with a branch overseeing border checkpoints.

23 May 2005 - 12:00am

Troubled waters

Ann Hui On-wah's Boat People has stirred up its fair share of controversy. Her 1982 film, which examined social problems in communist Vietnam, became an embarrassment for its mainland backers, who funded the project and arranged for Hui to shoot it in Hainan.

30 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

slice of life

From the South China Morning Post this week in 1979

In the early hours of February 6, the Panamanian-registered freighter Skyluck slipped into Hong Kong with 3,000 Vietnamese refugees on board.

The government quickly indicated it had no plans to allow the refugees - 2,500 ethnic Chinese and 500 Vietnamese - ashore.

8 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Vietnamese IIs 'lured' by prison work

Armed Vietnamese arriving in Hong Kong by boat to carry out crimes are coming here happy with the knowledge that they will leave richer than when they arrived - even if they are arrested and jailed.

Detectives who have investigated cases involving recent boatloads of illegal immigrants say that, in many cases, the men they catch see jail as a form of 'insurance'.

25 May 2003 - 12:00am


Should the Hong Kong government write off $1.16 billion it spent on Vietnamese boat people, as requested by the United Nations? Write to us: we welcome hearing your views on this topic

23 May 2003 - 12:00am

Writing off an irrecoverable debt

We report today that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has formally asked the Hong Kong government to nullify a $1.16 billion debt owed by the agency. The money was advanced to the UNHCR from the 1970s to the 1990s when thousands of Vietnamese immigrants passed through detention centres here, on their way to third countries or awaited repatriation back to Vietnam.

22 May 2003 - 12:00am

HK is urged to write off $1.16b refugee debt

The UNHCR says it has told the government that the outstanding amount is unlikely to be repaid

The United Nations' refugee agency has asked the Hong Kong government to write off $1.16 billion it is said to owe for the upkeep of Vietnamese boat people who arrived from the late 1970s to the 1990s.

22 May 2003 - 12:00am

$10 billion - what the boat people saga cost taxpayers

Hong Kong's Vietnamese refugee problem began almost immediately after the fall of Saigon in 1975.

Tens of thousands of asylum seekers arrived in the city and tens of thousands more died at sea on the way. According to the government, no Vietnamese asylum seekers were turned away at the time.

22 May 2003 - 12:00am

Man fights refusal of refugee status

A Chinese-Vietnamese man who says he was denied recognition by the Vietnamese Government is fighting a ruling that he is not entitled to Hong Kong refugee status.

Luu The Truong, 35, who won a battle to be screened for possible refugee status in September 1998, filed a High Court writ yesterday claiming the ultimate decision to deny him the status was unlawful.

13 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Weighing the cost of boat people against world's woes

Hong Kong's last refugee crisis left the Government with an IOU of $1.16 billion - and it still has not been paid.

The money was given to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees by Hong Kong to deal with the huge influx of Vietnamese refugees after the fall of Saigon.

9 Sep 2001 - 12:00am