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The Skyluck: The Vietnamese Refugee Influx as an Ethical Dilemma to Hong Kong

Kenny Yuen, Assistant Curator

In the 1970s, Vietnamese refugees struggled to escape from their own country after the 20-year Vietnam War. Hong Kong’s refugee influx brought challenges and triggered controversies to the Hong Kong government and society. By introducing the story of the Skyluck, a vessel that engaged refugee-trafficking business, this article examines the pre-arranged vessel that transported refugees to other countries under collaboration with the Vietnamese authorities. This article also reveals the Hong Kong government’s ethical dilemma of accepting the refugees.