- Student Worksheet - Bibliography/Resources
EPISODE 16: Brothers
From Vietnam: The Story of the Lais and the Bessais
Directed by Carl Bessai
Filmmaker Carl Bessai gives
a first-person account of sponsoring a family of Vietnamese "Boat People"
while he was growing up in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, and their
relationship over the years.
- Flight of refugees
- Resettling in a new land
- The importance of family
- Boat People
- Immigration Act
- To understand why refugees
leave their native countries
- To learn the story of the
Vietnamese "Boat People"
- To appreciate the importance
of family in the immigrant experience
- Visit your local library
and copy old newspaper and magazine articles describing the plight of
the "Boat People" in 1978-1979. Discuss how the media and the international
communities responded at the time.
- Write a story in the first-person
describing the experience of being a "Boat Person" and then settling
in Canada as a refugee.
- Debate the following issue:
Canada has an international and humanitarian responsibility to accept
as many refugees as possible, and to help them successfully resettle.
versus Canada cannot afford to spend money on refugees when the government
is struggling to pay for education, homelessness and healthcare.
- While most immigrants choose
to come to Canada, many have been forced to flee their homelands for
political, religious or ethnic reasons. It is only recently, however,
that Canada has recognized refugees as a specific immigration class.
Explore the differences between immigrants and refugees throughout our
history. Choose three groups of immigrants and three groups of refugees
and list five reasons why you think they fit into these categories.
- Research Indochinese cuisine
and utensils. Look into where you would buy the necessary ingredients
in your city. Plan a full-course menu and prepare a few dishes for your
class to taste-test.