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Vietnamese Refugees - Fresh off the Boat

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Vietnamese Refugees - Fresh off the Boat


This page is the property of Tim and Dave

Edited by Belle and Coon



So far Away from Home


At the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, Vietnam fell to the 'Khmer Rouge' extreme communist movement, led by Pol Pot. This created a new problem for the world as almost two million Indochinese became refugees, fleeing from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for political, religous and economic reasons. Some of these Vietnamese Refugees arrived in Australia, either from a dangerous boat ride over which was risky as they would try and arrive without authority or through camps in Asia which were approved by the Australian authorities.


The FOBS ,"Fresh off the Boats", first arrived in Darwin, Australia in April 1976 in small wooden fishing boats. This was the first of over 500 boats that arrived, without authority on Australia's shores. The journey south towards Australia was not easy as many FOBS died on the way through the rough seas which caused many shipwrecks or attacks from pirates YARRR! The number of FOBS arriving on Australia's shores reached its peak in 1978 and then started to decline in numbers, the majority of Vietnamese refugees being processed through refugee camps in other Asian nations. These refugees first had to undergo a health check from Australian officials who travelled to Asian countries, and then when inspected and approved of were allowed to enter Australia.



Life for The FOBS


Life for the FOBS who lived in Australia, was hard as they all lived very close to each other and made Vietnamese communities such as Cabramatta. The Vietnamese that now lived in Australia were eager to be reunited with their families which lead to the government signing an agreement with the Vietnamese Government, the Vietnamese Family Migration Program. This then changed the resettlements of FOBS on Aussie shores from refugees to arranged migration based on family reunion.


Due to the Vietnamese war more then one hundred and fifty thousand Vietnamese refugees resettled on Australian land. Fifty-five thousand of these came as refugees between 1975 and 1982 while ninety-five thousand came through family reunion. This group of FOBS in Australia is now the biggest community of non-English-speaking.



Real Life FOBS

Khoa Do (pronounced Kwa Doe), who was the Young Australian of the Year 2005, is a real life Vietnamese Refugee. When he was two years old, he left Vietnam on a fishing boat with his parents, who risked their lives crossing the ocean so that their son could live in a better country, which Australia clearly is.


Another Young Australian of the Year, Tan Le, arrived in Australia at the age of four as a refugee from Vietnam. Her parents also crossed the ocean in a rickety old boat, willing to do anything to get away from the hell-hole that was Vietnam.






Vietnamese Refugees

The picture below is a boat full of Vietnamese refugees who are arriving in Australia illegally to start a new life. Many of these people have experienced very hard times in Vietnam and are trying to start a new life. Being a refugee is hard because you have to leave your home, your family and everything you know and learn all sorts of new skills and traditions that you have never heard of or seen before.













Comments (8)

Anonymous said

at 8:57 am on Jun 13, 2007

Silly pictures were attention grabbing so I'll give you a 116/116 for that.

It was easy to understand but I almost had to read more than a FULL PAGE!!!Maybe stupid animations will help. Just kidding. I'll give you a 33/33 for easy to understand.

Good structure is hard for me to judge, but it has paragraphs so I'll give you a 71/71 for good structure.

The information is brilliant, and seeing are your not Cale, more than 3 sentences is excellent content. For value of information/content I give you a 45.876/45.876.

There were links, but I'm not too bothered to see if its plagerised so I'll give you 27/27 for that.

The page was visually/orally/aurally pleasing. Except there were no lets-put-useless-movies-in-this-wiki-like-fowl movies. 14/14.5 for that.

Seeing as it is short and not like Cales, that means it does get to the point. 98765432/98765432.

PS: I like the "...risked their lives crossing the ocean so that their son could live in a better country, which Australia clearly is"

Anonymous said

at 9:06 am on Jun 13, 2007

alike ours you dont yet have links, i guess that should be disappointing but we dont hav it either so i wont hold it against ya. ur info seems pretty well researched, i bit sparce, but that random real fob bit, i duno if i understood that bit but well done boys

Anonymous said

at 9:14 am on Jun 13, 2007

you guys are legends. this page is easily the best page of the class. you guys are visually and orally pleasing as you funny pictures, athough irrelvant, are quite good
. the pirate picture is awesome. the trepassers will be shot is useless but still good.dragonforce is the bomb . caulder an tim you guys are the greatest if i had twenty thumbs up then thats how many thumbs i'd give you

Anonymous said

at 9:14 am on Jun 13, 2007

Is that Pirate really necessary to your Wiki?
Utterly dissapointed.

Anonymous said

at 9:15 am on Jun 13, 2007

mmm i like the pirate picture tis quite funni but quite irrelevant. Althought the information is quite easy to understand the coloquial expressions are a little to much to handle if we are creating a formal learning environmnet.

CJ and Tao

Anonymous said

at 2:03 pm on Jun 13, 2007

did you know that FOB also stands for falloutboy.?


Anonymous said

at 2:12 pm on Jun 13, 2007

MARKING: I think that this site is good except the heading from flaming text is quite hard to read. I really dislike the pirate picture because it is not relevant to the topic and it shows that you are not taking this task seriously! Your information used is relevant to the topic but i think you need more information. I like how you have tried to use pictures but i think they need to be more relevant! Also the quote "trespassers will be shot, survivors will be shot again". This quote is lame and is not really related to the topic but dont get me wrong GTA is a very cool game haha i do enjoy playing it when i get home from school.. i love trying to find the hidden packages lol i have gta3 at home and at the moment i have found 56/60 possible hidden packages so i think i am doing very well for myself! Dont you just love driving the cars too lol i think its really fun!! i cant wait until i get my license and get to drive for real haha i will be such a bad driver lol coz on gta i always crash and burn and stuff haha i also love running over people hahah they all die lol thats funny hahah shooting them is even better...but anyway yes well anyway... back to your page. I think you need more colour and to make it a bit more entertaining. I like the idea of you having the real life story of the australian of the year...that is a very good idea. well nice page and yeah bye hahaha
love gta lover!

Anonymous said

at 2:42 pm on Jun 15, 2007

If you take the pirate away... you will be hunted down.

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