Taiwanese documentary showcases forgotten story of a Vietnamese refugee camp from the 1970s

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Screenshot from the documentary “A Camp Unknown” from Taiwan’s 公視綜合 YouTube channel. Even though Taiwan still lacks an Asylum Law, it has not always been lukewarm to refugees. In the 1970s and 1980s, it accepted a wave of refugees from Vietnam, as one new documentary, “A Camp Unknown,” showcases. The documentary, premiering in English in Taipei in late April, discloses a little-known aspect of Taiwan’s history: the island state hosted a refugee camp for Vietnamese boat people from 1977 to 1988. “A Camp Unknown” ( 彼岸他方 in Chinese) is produced by Taiwan’s PTS and tells the story of over 2,000 Vi…

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