- Question 1
- The term "boat people"
originated with the 1978-79 exodus of refugees from Indochina.
The term "boat people" became popular midway through 1979 with media
coverage of the plight of the Indochinese refugees. The reports described
rickety boats floundering in the South China Sea, crammed with large
numbers of homeless Vietnamese refugees. Having already suffered oppression,
these Vietnamese faced the horrors of life and death at sea, sometimes
drifting for weeks and months. New reports shocked the world and moved
countries like Canada to respond with offers of resettlement for the