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Vietnam / Past and Future / Refugees #43073

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 29, 1976
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(Studio) Reports on 1 year ago when Americans were airlifted out of Vietnam and after Vietnam war.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Vietnam) Vietnam and Americans tried in panic and chaos to ho evacuated in last days of war United States Marines helped with evacuation. Those who stayed behind had to adjust to new lifestyle and government Saigon black mkts., western clothing and Hondas still survive. Govt. held indoctrination classes for ex-South Vietnam soldiers and some civilians. Shortages of raw material hamper industry Good rice harvest results from many moving from city back to farms. Prices high whore foods and goods in short supply. Salaries cut and 1 mil) ion unemployed. Clinics set up to combat health problems. Cntry. is basically united but may take while for South Vietnam to adapt to North Vietnam ways. Vietnam of future rptdly. will be open to tourism and relations with non-Communist cntrys.
REPORTER: Ken Kashiwahara

(Studio) 100,000 Vietnam refugees came to United States after fall of Saigon.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Vietnam refugees began their American lives in desolate reception camps. 1500 of 130,000 who came here returned to Vietnam. It's easier for children to adapt to US. 25% of Vietnam refugees reported recing. some sort of welfare assistance. 90% of those with jobs are underemployed. [Department of Health, Education and Welfare regional director Richard FREEDMAN - says Vietnam arrived at difficult economy time, hut have laid down strong foundations.] Vietnam refugees have strong cultural identity. [Father Nguyen Quoc HAI - came to United States because of freedom. Wants to go home when situation allows us to.]
REPORTER: Ron Miller

Kashiwahara, Ken;
Miller, Ron;
Reasoner, Harry

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