Rewind | Sep 1, 2011 | 6:26

CBC celebrates 75 years of Multiculturalism (Web extra)

In 1979 hundreds of thousands of people fled Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos when the Communists took power. Many escaped on tiny overcrowded ships which attempted to navigate the treacherous open ocean waters. They were called "boat people" and those who survived the dangerous ocean journey ended up in refugee camps desperately searching for a country which would take them in. Between 1979 and 1980, Canada accepted 60,000 as refugees. From 1979, here's a CBC Radio report on efforts to help them adapt to their new home and culture.

Now Playing on CBC Radio Help Refresh

CBC Radio One

Listen Live Ottawa change

CBC Radio 2

Listen Live Eastern change

CBC Radio 3

Listen Live Radio 3