Kyle Le Dot Net Vietnamese History

UNTOLD Vietnamese Boat People Stories by Kyle Le

” …This documentary was not meant to insight any political hatred. Rather, its intentions were to remind, record, and reveal the past lives and history of Vietnamese people. If we don’t document history, it will be lost forever. Please stay positive and focus on the people who matter. Vietnamese is not my first language and after translating and subtitling this video, I realized that I still have a lot to learn. Therefore, I am sorry if any translations are lacking. Thank you for watching and thank you for caring about the plight of the Vietnamese boat people…” ~ Kyle Le

1975 Evacuation

Saigon: The Final Hours

A special WBUR documentary. On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, four Massachusetts Marines detail the final evacuation of U.S. and South Vietnamese troops and civilians.


The Price of Freedom

June 24 1979 Vietnamese Boat People – The Price of Freedom

Rare images of a Vietnamese refugee boat that was about to sink into the sea near the Malay coast. Successful sea rescue and general view of refugees on the beach of Poulo Bidong.

TEDx Talks


Dai Le escaped war-torn Vietnam with her family on a refugee boat and has beaten cancer. Hear her tale of resilience, adventure and determination. Dai Le was born in Saigon, Vietnam and spent years in refugee camps in South East Asia. Her family was resettled in Australia in December 1979. Dai has been a journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with the ABC. She was a Councillor on Fairfield City Council, stood for the NSW state seat of Cabramatta and was one of the Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Women of Influence in 2014. She is passionate about increased mainstream representation of Asian Australian and culturally diverse men and women. She supports that goal as CEO & founder of DAWN (Diverse Australasian Women’s Network), an organisation that champion diverse leadership beyond gender.

Journey to Freedom,
CBN, The 700 Club

Journey to Freedom

A Vietnamese Refugee Remembers His Family’s escape. After the Communist takeover of Vietnam, Vinh Chung and his family decided to leave their homeland, encountering corruption, pirates and dehydration during their journey to freedom.

Bolinao 52, CPB production

52 Vietnamese from the Dong region

Interviewed 52 Vietnamese delegates from the Dong region.

” I have promised to myself that I will return to Bolinao before going anywhere else. For 17 years I have not traveled anywhere. I want to make memorial for my friends. 58 of my companions from that boat. We were on that boat for so long…”

The History of Vietnamese Refugees
to Australia


More than 80,000 Vietnamese people moved to Australia in the decade following the Vietnam War, many as refugees. Thursday, April 30 marks 40 years since the North Vietnamese took the South’s capital of Saigon and renamed it Ho Chi Minh City after their former nationalist leader. Fewer than 700 Australians reported Vietnam was their birth place in the 1971 census but that number grew to more than 80,000 15 years later. At the most recent census in 2011 more than 180,000 Australians said Vietnam was their place of birth. The actual number of Vietnamese-born Australians is estimated to be more than 200,000 since many people did not declare their place of birth in the national survey.

Read more at SBS NEWS magazine

Border crossing, 1981

Border Crossing / Pirates Aircraft 30/09/1981

Prison Improvements Border Crossing Pirates Aircraft 30 09 1981.
Post by Le Van Thanh

The Price of Freedom

The trip

The trip was robbed 3 times with 148 on board and only 1 survived. Publishe by ForYourMemory.

Refugee Boat Rescued
by U.S. Naval Fleet

US Ship rescued Boat People

In the morning of Sunday, the 10th of June, 1990, an American naval fleet of 6 battle ships, while moving from Thailand to the Philippines, discovered a boat full of Vietnamese refugees in international water. The fleet commander gave the order to rescue the boat people. He assembled about 10 Vietnamese speaking military men on the fleet to serve as interpreters and guides. There were 155 men, women and children that were rescued and brought to a refugee camp in the Philippines. After a period of living in the refugee camp, these boat people were forced to repatriate back to Vietnam. A number of them escaped to the capital city of Manila, and in 1993 were able to settle in a third country, thanks to the campaigning of Trịnh Hội, an Australian lawyer of Vietnamese origin.

The Orderly Departure Program (ODP)

AP Archive

Vietnamese In Philippines

PHILIPPINES: 37 Vietnamese asylum seekers voluntarily fly home.
Thirty-seven Vietnamese asylum-seekers have voluntarily flown home from the Philippines. They were the first group to do so since the Philippine government forcibly repatriated a group last month. Vietnamese asylum-seekers are being asked to return home because their camp in Palawan, southwest of Manila, is being closed at the end of June when U-N funding stops. These Vietnamese asylum-seekers arrived at Manila airport on Tuesday to return home, but unlike a group last month, these went home voluntarily and peacefully. They were among nearly two and a half thousand refugees housed at a camp in Palawan, southwest of Manila, which is due to close at the end of June with the ceasing of United Nations’ funding. Under pressure from the Philippine Catholic church, President Fidel Ramos agreed not to use force in repatriating the remaining Vietnamese. The departure of the 37 Vietnamese refugees at Manila airport on Tuesday was a stark contrast to the forced repatriation of the first batch in February from Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Then, soldiers had to disperse a group of refugees who tried to stop the repatriation by blocking the runway. One refugee who tried to escape had to be carried into the plane. This time, the group of Vietnamese set off without any problems. They were taken from Palawan to Manila by boat on Monday evening, before being bussed to the airport. An official of the International Organisation for Migration – or I-O-M – who accompanied the group to the Manila airport said no one was forced to take the trip home.