How did pho migrate across an ocean and land on your table? How did the Vietnamese get to America?
For me, this was the most difficult part of being a refugee--the way that you could feel belittled. And it was far worse
Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Võ premieres her new musical epic this month in San Francisco, inspired by the experiences of the Vietnamese Boat People.
“It is very dangerous to leave, but I prefer it to living here in the camp.”
The biggest news of the world--bigger than the US Open, bigger than the treaty with Iran, bigger than the economic melt-down ongoing in China--is this: the refugee crisis. If you haven't been watching it, if you haven't been reading about it, you most probably are spending your time twiddling your fingers in a cave.
After years of civil war in Darfur, hundreds of villages have been destroyed, 400,000 have died, and 2.2 million are now permanently displaced. Many are still facing starvation and ongoing violence.
"This is a very good beginning," Turk said after the meeting. "There is a strong paragraph on root causes in the agreement
Consequently, many Rohingyas are desperate to leave the country. About 300,000 members of the group are believed to have
Ng reported from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Associated Press writers Martha Mendoza in Santa Cruz, California, and Matthew Pennington
"We have to prevent loss of life," he said, adding that humanitarian aid would be delivered by land and sea. Many now face
Reporters on Thursday found about 400 refugees from Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority crammed aboard a wooden fishing boat
"There was the big ship there and they threw down ropes," Astoy Fall Dia, a 24-year-old migrant from Senegal, told the AP
Europe is now on the verge of making the cruel decisions the United States made in Haiti and in Mexico. Wealthy northern countries must decide if they want to change the way of life they have created over centuries and accept tens of millions of people fleeing poverty and corruption.
This week, we spoke with Don Lao, who recently published his memoir, I Became the Boat People: A Refugee's Path to America. The autobiography recounts the turbulent events in 20th-century Southeast Asia and Lao's growing up in a large, entrepreneurial family in Vietnam.
The Refugee Convention, which both New Zealand and Australia have ratified, recognizes that refugees may need to enter a country illegally for protection and should not be punished on that account. But the New Zealand bill would treat asylum seekers differently depending on how they arrived.