(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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On 26 September 1989, the last Vietnamese troops withdraw from Cambodia.

On 14 January 1985, Hun Sen becomes Cambodia’s prime minister, but the Khmer Rouge continue to embark on a guerrilla warfare campaign in-country, prompting even more Cambodians to flee the country.

The Kampuchean People’s Revolutionary Party (KPRP)–a pro-Vietnamese party–wins parliamentary elections in the People’s Republic of Kampuchea (PRK) on 1 May 1981. The international community, guided by the United States’s postwar…

In the 1980s, with no infrastructure, faced with poverty and famine, 510,000 Cambodians flee to neighboring Thailand and Vietnam. Almost 150,000 Cambodian refugees, aided by the passage of the 1980 Refugee Act, find asylum in the United States.

In July 1989, the U.S. and Việt Nam negotiate an agreement to release more individuals from reeducation camps and allow them to emigrate. Under the Special Release Reeducation Center Detainee Resettlement Program (known as the Humanitarian…

Resettlement countries become increasingly impatient with the continuing outflow of Vietnamese refugees, and other Southeast Asian countries threaten to push back new arrivals. The first forced repatriation of Vietnamese refugees in Southeast Asian…

On 22 December 1987, Congress passes the Amerasian Homecoming Act (Public Law 100-202), an effort to resettle Amerasians, the children of American servicemen and Vietnamese women, in the U.S. Amerasian children face severe social and economic…

There is widespread public dissatisfaction among the Vietnamese people, who have been waiting for improvement in the standard of living. Inflation shoots up by 500-700 percent, making life more miserable for the people. In the midst of this, the…

By the end of September, the United States has received approximately 659,000 refugees from Southeast Asia, close to two-thirds of whom entered the U.S. between 1979-82, during the period of the refugee crisis. Vietnamese refugees accounted for about…

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, "The Wall," designed by Chinese American architecture student Maya Lin, is dedicated in Washington, D.C. on 13 November 1982.
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