Israeli-Vietnamese woman serves in the Israel Defense Forces

In 1977, an Israeli cargo ship off the coast of Japan spotted a leaking boat crammed with 66 Vietnamese refugees.

Despite SOS signals, the refugees, who were out of food and water, had been ignored by passing ships from East Germany, Norway, Japan and Panama.

The Israeli ship rescued the refugees and took them to Israel.

In keeping with the humanistic culture of Israel, all the refugees were immediately granted Israeli citizenship (as had earlier groups of Vietnamese refugees), Hebrew courses and full absorption benefits.

Today, Israelis of Vietnamese descent became the same as anyone else and are in the army.