Few immigrant journeys can compare to those of the refugees who left Vietnam in the 1970s. Having lost everything after the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese troops, they escaped in rickety boats, setting off across the South China Sea. Countless thousands fell victim to hunger, disease, piracy, murder, and the ocean itself. Survivors ended up in refugee camps, waiting for resettlement in countries such as New Zealand. Their hopes were simple: freedom to live in peace, to express themselves, to earn a decent living.