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Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugees, 1975–1980

May 17, 2017 6:30 pm. McGill-Queens University Press, Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Immigration Historical Society, in association with the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Cambodia and the Vietnamese Canadian Community of Ottawa, under the auspices of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, invite you and a guest to the free launching of the book Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugees, 1975–1980.With co-authors Michael J. Molloy, Peter Duschinsky, Kurt F. Jensen and Robert J. ShalkaFrom the 1960s through the 1970s Canada's dominant value system shifted from a Europe-centered model to a diversity-based, multicultural model. One of the tangible expressions of this major change was the response of Canadians and their government to the refugee crisis then affecting millions of lives in Southeast Asia.While based, in part, on careful archival research, Running on Empty is not a dry academic book. It presents gripping first-hand accounts written by government officials tasked with selecting refugees and matching them with sponsors from churches, civic organizations and Canadian families. Its stories, provided by participants in this adventure, are often heartwarming, sometimes tragic and occasionally humorous. Contemporary photographs provide the visual backdrop to the dramatic events in Southeast Asia.. 395 Wellington StreetOttawa, ON K1A0N4.. Event Details. Location: 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa