Chinese refugees arriving in Hong Kong, in May 1962, ask for food. Photo: AFP
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

World Refugee Day: where the word ‘refugee’ came from

  • The French ‘refugié’ originally referred to the Reformed Protestants who fled persecution in 17th century Catholic France
  • It is a tragic irony that, Hong­kongers, many of whom are descendants of 1950s refugees, may yet be compelled to seek refugee status elsewhere
Chinese refugees arriving in Hong Kong, in May 1962, ask for food. Photo: AFP
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