Float On

April 30th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Diana

My family fled war-torn Vietnam in June of 1975 by secretly hopping aboard a freight ship meant to carry textiles. Someone tipped my mom’s brother off to the opportunity and he immediately rounded up the rest of the relatives. They hastily collected their meager belongings, then hustled to the dock. My family was joined by about 200 other people on the shore. The ship docked and everyone quietly boarded the ship, tucking themselves into the dark nooks, while dozens of jumbo bins were loaded onto the deck. The ship left shore once again, and after a number of miles some of the bins began to move, as 150 more people emerged from underneath. They all went to America.

Every time my mom and I talk about this particularly fascinating bit of their story, we clash over one point.

I say, “So that’s how you came here!”

She says, “Yes, we came on a boat.”

I say, “Right. So you were boat people that came–”

She cuts me off and shrieks, “WE ARE NOT BOAT PEOPLE!”

I say, “Didn’t we just talk about the boat you came on?”

She says, “It was a freight ship!”

I say, “Isn’t a ship a large boat?

Then she stops talking to me. Moms are so weird.

Today, I saw photos of those womb-rumbling cutie patooties Maddox and Pax Jolie-Pitt cruising coolly around the canals in a sweet speedboat:




…and all I could think was, “Mom! Boat people are so AWESOME!”

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6 Responses to “Float On”

  1. Cindy says:

    Hysterical!!

  2. anthony says:

    May I plug a new movie about the same topic, by Khoa do of Australia titled “Mother Fish”.

  3. [...] (NOTE: Diana from DISGRASIAN posted a great story as well. Read it here.) [...]

  4. farleyk says:

    Who’s the Kurt Russell-like dude with the sunglasses? The purser? I imagine one of the kids reaching back and saying “Dude, juice-box me”.

  5. dhuang says:

    That hits close to home. I still don’t understand the stigma that must have existed then.

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