Carina Hoang—a survivor of the Exodus and a Special Representative for Australia for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)—has compiled a book of rich personal stories, of the perilous sea journey, the time spent in refugee camps, and the final journey to new adopted homelands. Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975–1996 is Hoang’s moving account of the Vietnamese refugees that combines autobiographical accounts from survivors with evocative images from the time.
After fleeing Vietnam with her family at the age of 16 in a wooden boat full of 373 refugees, Carina Hoang stayed in a UN refugee camp in Indonesia. When she received amnesty from the United States, she earned a B.S. in Chemistry at Rosemont College in Pennsylvania. Though many of her relatives now live in the U.S., Carina eventually settled in Australia with her husband and daughter.
In recent years, Carina has taken groups of former 'boat people” back to the camps in Indonesia where they escaped to from Vietnam, searching for the graves of those who did not survive. After taking her first trip back to Indonesia and posting some photos of gravesites online, other refugee families had contacted her. They had recognized their relatives' names on the graves in the photos, and asked to accompany her on future trips. Her book is filled with the first-hand accounts of these Vietnamese 'boat people' and their families (including her own).
'Carina Hoang has done us all a great favor by publishing this valuable historical record of the plight of the Vietnamese boat people. Now we know!”
-Ambassador Pete Peterson
- Tác Giả: Carina Hoàng.
- Pages: 256.
- Dimensions: Height 8.5' x Width 12' x Thickness 0.9'
- Weight: 3.1 lbs