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Replica acoustic guitar from the HONG HAI voyage

Date: 1987
Dimensions:
Overall: 980 x 373 mm, 1.6 kg
Medium: Various materials
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Sound communication
Object Name: Guitar
Object No: AX009677
Place Manufactured:Taehan Min'guk

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    Description
    This acoustic guitar is similar to one brought to Australia on the Vietnamese refugee boat HONG HAI, which carried 38 refugees from Vietnam to Australia in 1978. It is part of a collection of replica items that were created by Truong Thanh Hai and Xuang Ngoc Tran, passengers on HONG HAI.
    SignificanceThis guitar provides a rare example of leisure activities on board a Vietnamese refugee vessel.
    HistoryThe Vietnam War ended on 30 April 1975 with the fall of Saigon to Communist forces and the reunification of North and South Vietnam. In the late 1970s thousands of Vietnamese fled the new Communist regime, escaping the country in small boats to places such as the USA, Canada and Australia.

    The first Vietnamese 'boat people' arrived in Darwin in 1976. By the end of 1979, 2,011 people had undertaken the perilous sea voyage from Vietnam to Australia. Many more died trying.

    The first wave of boat people arrived at a time of dramatic social upheaval in Australia, with spirited debate about our involvement in the Vietnam War, the new concept of multiculturalism, the breaking of many of Australia's traditional ties to Britain and the forging of new links with Asia. Despite some opposition from the wider community, the relaxation of immigration restrictions meant that most were allowed to stay.

    HONG HAI was a Vietnamese fishing vessel that carried 38 refugees from Vietnam to Australia in 1978. It departed Kien Giang, Vietnam, on 24 September 1978, and stopped at 12 points, including Malaysia and Indonesia, during its 51 day voyage. HONG HAI was escorted into Darwin, Northern Territory, by a Royal Australian Navy patrol boat on 13 November 1978.

    This guitar was recreated by Truong Than Hai and Xuan Ngoc Tran. A similar guitar was used on the HONG HAI voyage in times of little activity or when no danger threatened. The guitar has been modified in the Vietnamese style, where the wood between frets has been gouged. There is an inscription about the voyage on the side of the guitar.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: MODIFIED ACOUSTIC GUITAR FROM THE VOYAGE OF THE "HONG HAI", BODY IS STANDARD WITH A CARVED INSCRIPTION IN VIETNAMESE DATED `15/8/1978'

    Web title: Replica acoustic guitar from the HONG HAI voyage

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