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boat people,

term used to describe the Indochinese refugees who fled Communist rule after the Vietnam War (1975) in small boats and the many ethnic Chinese who left Vietnam similarly after China's invasion of Vietnam in 1979. More than one million people became refugees. Many perished, and others, upon reaching other Southeast Asian countries, discovered they could not remain permanently. The United States, Canada, and other nations accepted most of the refugees in the late 1970s and the 1980s. Although people continued to flee Vietnam into the mid-1990s, nearly all later boat people have been regarded as economic, not political, refugees. In 1996 the United Nations decided to end the financing of the camps holding the remaining 40,000 boat people, and Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines returned most of the remaining refugees to Vietnam. In the late 20th and early the 21st cent. a new but smaller wave of boat people, refugees and migrants predominantly from South and Southeast Asia, sought to reach Australia. Beginning in 2001 Australia instituted (except during 2007–12) a policy of detaining and processing the refugees offshore (on Nauru and, until 2017, on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island) and, from 2013, of denying them asylum in Australia. The term boat people has also been used to describe political and economic refugees from other areas, such as Haiti, Africa and the Middle East, and Myanmar, who fled their homelands by similar means.
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They thought he had become a boat man because his father had been one.
He had heard too that it wasn't just the hair from their heads, and Boat Man had lived in fear of the day when police would take him and tie him up like a ram-goat and shave all the hair from his body.
Boat Man stood up as they reached and surrounded him.
The other women stood together in one shack, looking out, and Boat Man stayed in his work-shed, hammering and trying not to listen.
The sun had gone down and it seemed to Boat Man that there was no other voice on the beach and nothing moved except her voice.
Fish head and fish heart and fish bone rotting, cast out and returning in a net of seaweed to stink even more; and salt so heavy in the air, the wind seemed not to blow but crawl; it crawled, pulling the sand and salt with it, and settled around the sleeping women, sleeping in the same grease they cooked in, while the men slid among them like worms, Boat Man felt, like worms.
Boat Man had never been interested and would spend his time leaning against the wall, stoned by rhythm and herb.
Boat Man thought this was why Joy was acting so strange.
Bad-Eye headin' straight fe disaster," Boat Man said.
Boat Man couldn't make anything of his confusion, what he had felt about her from the day she was