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World; Hong Kong: The Arrival of Boat 845


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Hong Kong: The Arrival of Boat 845
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Documentary series with international stories. Predecessor to FRONTLINE, executive producer David Fanning. Five seasons from 1978-1981. "WORLD has presented a series of international documentaries. One of our concerns has been to show the world as others see it, and we are committed to the idea that we should include those who normally don't have a chance to have their voices heard." -- quote from opening to Blacks Britannica (1978) Series release date: 1978

Program Description

Examines the Vietnamese refugees arriving by boat in Hong Kong through the experiences of 18 people who arrive on a single boat. Follows them as they are processed through Hong Kong immigration and details the enormous numbers flooding this British outpost which is a cluster of 236 tiny islands clinging to the mainland of China.



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Global Affairs
Chicago: “World; Hong Kong: The Arrival of Boat 845,” 11/11/1979, GBH Archives, accessed January 28, 2022,
MLA: “World; Hong Kong: The Arrival of Boat 845.” 11/11/1979. GBH Archives. Web. January 28, 2022. <>.
APA: World; Hong Kong: The Arrival of Boat 845. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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