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A Refugee Returns
Produced by: Thom Rose
Neil Sandell
A Refugee Returns examines the Vietnam War's bitter legacy for one divided family. For many Vietnamese the war remains an open wound. Though Vietnam is now unified, there is still a gulf between the North and the South. So too, many families remain divided by the decisions they made during the war. This is the story of one such family and Hung Le, a Toronto businessman, as he returns to Vietnam for the first time since his escape in 1979. This program comes to us from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and airs as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

Program Credits

A Refugee Returns was produced by Thom Rose and Neil Sandell of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Technical Assistance from Kent Hoffman and Laurence Stevenson, with special help from Meredith Levine and Sarah Martin. It originally aired as part of the international documentary exchange series,Crossing Boundaries.


Human Rights Watch
The largest human rights organization based in the United States. Human Rights Watch researchers conduct fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses in all regions of the world. Visit the organization's section all about current human rights issues in Vietnam.

Refugees International
Founded in response to the forced repatriation of tens of thousands of Indochinese refugees in 1979, RI is a Washington-based non-governmental organization serving refugees, displaced persons, and other dispossessed people around the world.

The United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees
The UNHCR provides millions of the world's uprooted peoples with basic necessities in emergencies and seeking long-term solutions, including voluntary return to their homes or beginning afresh in new countries.

Vietnam: The Boat People Search for a Home (Children in Crisis)
by: John Isaac 1996
A photographic journey of the Vietnamese "Boat People" including first-person narratives that provide eyewitness accounts of people caught in dramas and events that made history.

The Pink Lotus
by: Nghia M. Vo 2000
A powerful testament to the legacy of Vietnam, The Pink Lotus is a moving personal account of a young Vietnamese man studying to be a doctor, his escape to the United States after the war and the people he meets along the way.

Terms of Refuge: the Indochinese Exodus & the International Response
by: W. Courtland Robinson 1998
An in-depth account of the Southeast Asian refugee crisis that began with the fall of Saigon in 1975 and resulted in some three million people fleeing their homes in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Programs by Thom Rose

Programs by Neil Sandell

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