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The Resource Voices from the camps : Vietnamese children seeking asylum, James M. Freeman and Nguyen Dinh Huu

Voices from the camps : Vietnamese children seeking asylum, James M. Freeman and Nguyen Dinh Huu

Label
Voices from the camps : Vietnamese children seeking asylum
Title
Voices from the camps
Title remainder
Vietnamese children seeking asylum
Statement of responsibility
James M. Freeman and Nguyen Dinh Huu
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Wave after wave of political and economic refugees poured out of Vietnam beginning in the late 1970s, overwhelming the resources available to receive them. Squalid conditions prevailed in detention centers and camps in Hong Kong and throughout Southeast Asia, where many refugees spent years languishing in poverty, neglect, and abuse while supposedly being protected by an international consortium of caregivers. Voices from the Camps tells the story of the most vulnerable of these refugees: children alone, either orphaned or separated from their families.Combining anthropology and social work with advocacy for unaccompanied children everywhere, James M. Freeman and Nguyen Dinh Huu present the voices and experiences of Vietnamese refugee children neglected and abused by the system intended to help them. Authorities in countries of first asylum, faced with thousands upon thousands of increasingly frightened, despairing, and angry people, needed to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they should be sent back to Vietnam or be certified as legitimate refugees and allowed to proceed to countries of resettlement. The international community, led by UNHCR, devised a well-intentioned screening system. Unfortunately, as Freeman and Nguyen demonstrate, it failed unaccompanied children. The hardships these children endured are disturbing, but more disturbing is the story of how the governments and agencies that set out to care for them eventually became the children's tormenters. When Vietnam, after years of refusing to readmit illegal emigrants, reversed its policy, the international community began doing everything it could to force them back to Vietnam. Cutting rations, closing schools, separating children from older relations and other caregivers, relocating them in order to destroy any sense of stability-the authorities employed coercion and effective abuse with distressing ease, all in the name of the "best interests" of the children. While some children eventually managed to construct a decent life in Vietnam or elsewhere, including the United States, all have been scarred by their refugee experience and most are still struggling with the legacy. Freeman and Nguyen's presentation and analysis of this sobering chapter in recent history is a cautionary tale and a call to action. James M. Freeman is professor emeritus of anthropology at San Jose State University. He collaborated with Nguyen Dinh Huu on Hearts of Sorrow: Vietnamese American Lives. Nguyen Dinh Huu is a social worker in San Jose and a former South Vietnamese lieutenant colonel
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N$T
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1936-
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Freeman, James M.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Nguyen, Dinh Huu
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  • Refugee children
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Refugee children
  • Vietnam
  • Flüchtlingskind
  • Geschichte
  • Vietnam
  • Refugees
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
Label
Voices from the camps : Vietnamese children seeking asylum, James M. Freeman and Nguyen Dinh Huu
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Victims of politics -- 2. A guided tour of misery -- 3. Vicissitudes of fate -- 4. The unbearable life -- 5. Screening and its critics -- 6. Repatriation -- 7. Resettlement -- 8. Interventions -- 9. Continuing concerns
Control code
ocn778889905
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xix, 235 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780295983134
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations, map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvct51nt
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)778889905
Label
Voices from the camps : Vietnamese children seeking asylum, James M. Freeman and Nguyen Dinh Huu
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Victims of politics -- 2. A guided tour of misery -- 3. Vicissitudes of fate -- 4. The unbearable life -- 5. Screening and its critics -- 6. Repatriation -- 7. Resettlement -- 8. Interventions -- 9. Continuing concerns
Control code
ocn778889905
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xix, 235 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780295983134
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations, map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvct51nt
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)778889905

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