Boat people (disambiguation)

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The term boat people most often refers to the Vietnamese refugees who fled South Vietnam in 1978 and 1979 during and after its unsuccessful defense against the North in the Vietnam War.

Boat people may also refer to the following:


Other refugees fleeing by boat or ship:

Various ethnicities who live largely or principally on boats, particularly in East Asia:

  • the Tanka or Dan people, the main such ethnic group
  • the Hoklo or Hokkien people, some of whom traditionally lived as boat people


  • Boat People, a 1982 Hong Kong film about Vietnamese refugees in the territory
  • The Boat People, an indie pop band from Australia named for the refugees

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