(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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Following its defeat in the Franco-Siamese War, Siam (Thailand) cedes the entire Kingdom of Laos to France on 2 October 1893. Laos becomes a protectorate of France and joins the larger territory known as French Indochina (which includes Cambodia and…

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.

From July 1996 to February 1997, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia close their last Vietnamese refugee camps as the United Nations withdraws funding, and they begin to repatriate their final boat people holdouts, voluntarily and…
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