Hong Kong has a rich refugee history, from those who fled here during the Chinese Civil War or Cultural Revolution, to the Vietnamese “boat people” fleeing the aftermath of the Vietnam War, to people currently seeking protection in our city.
Millions of refugees from Mainland China fled the Chinese Civil War and later the Cultural Revolution to find a safe haven in Hong Kong. In the 1970s refugees arrived from war-torn Vietnam. Hong Kong’s policy toward Vietnamese refugees, which included the use of “closed camps” and repatriations to deter refugees, were far from ideal. It has been two decades since the last refugee camp in Hong Kong closed in 2000, but some hundreds of Vietnamese refugees are still left in a state of legal limbo, with no place to call home.
Hong Kong should learn and embrace its refugee past. The first step is to treat refugees and asylum seekers currently seeking protection in Hong Kong with more compassion.
Learn more about Chinese refugees in Hong Kong:
https://www.jointpublishing.com/…/chines…/9789620445439.aspx (Chinese only)
Read more about Vietnamese Boat People in Hong Kong: http://vietnameseboatpeople.hk/
Come join our World Refugee Day Virtual Film Screening 2020 世界難民日網上電影放映會2020 this Friday!