Conference at UNCW honors Cambodia and Vietnam Highlanders

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — People young and old gathered at UNCW’s Warwick Center this weekend to learn about the Cambodia and Vietnam Highlanders, who played a key role in American history.

Also known as Montagnards, they fought alongside American troops during the Vietnam War. Now, many of them have resettled in North Carolina as refugees.

In fact, our state boasts one of the highest populations of Southeast Asian Highlander transplants.

This weekend’s conference was all about honoring a people who now share a home with us.

“Former Green Berets, some of North Carolina’s politicians, human rights workers, journalists all played significant roles in helping them find asylum in the United States. We’re very lucky to have some of those people here today,” said Peter Maguire, the founder of Fainting Robin Foundation.

The UNCW history department and Fainting Robin Foundation partnered to make this event happen.

Next year, they plan to hold a conference about the Mayaguez Incident, which was the last official battle of the Vietnam War.

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