Life in California's Refugee Camps after the Fall of Saigon

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Today, refugee camps are part of the story in the Middle East and Africa. Forty years ago, they were part of reality in Southern California. In the immediate aftermath of a lost war, America provided refuge for people fleeing from victorious North Vietnam. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez has that story.

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At its peak in 1975, nearly 20,000 refugees were at Camp Pendleton in eight locations
Photo: Camp Pendleton Archives

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Women washing their clothes at a Camp Pendleton refugee camp
Photo: Camp Pendleton Archives

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What remains of Camp One refugee site at Camp Pendleton
Photo: Saul Gonzalez

You can see archival photos of life in Southern California's refugee camps on our WWLA blog.

Credits

Guest:
Saul Gonzalez - reporter for KCRW. Host, 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' - @SaulKCRW

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Andrea Brody