After the U.S. war in Vietnam, close to 800,000 Vietnamese left the country by boat, survived, and sought refuge throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific. This is the story of what happened in the camps. In Camps raises key questions that remain all too relevant today: Who is a refugee? Who determines this status? And how does it change over time?
Drawn from archival research in Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and southern California, author Jana Lipman, associate professor of history at Tulane University, pays close attention to host territories and Vietnamese activism in the camps and the diaspora. These stories have implications for refugee policy today, the practice and proliferation of detention, and the possibilities of diasporic activism.
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If you’re a member of the JCC, odds are that you’ve encountered the energetic and encouraging presence that is Michele Huck. As an instructor at the JCC for six years, Michele has done a little bit of everything from cycling, senior chair exercise, Barre, HIIT, and what she’s known most for these days –– LOTS of Aqua Fit....