In April, 1975, Guam became one of the main staging areas for receiving refugees from Southeast Asia. It was called Operation New Life, and ran from April 23rd to November 1st, 1975, although the last camps were officially closed on October 23rd. Well over 100,000 refugees would pass through Guam. The vast majority were Vietnamese, nearly all of them former soldiers or civil servants of the Republic of Vietnam and their families. The new arrivals on Guam had just escaped from the chaos engulfing Southeast Asia, and the need to develop a means of circulating information among them was essential. A group of Vietnamese refugees with experience in journalism and writing put together a volunteer newspaper called Chân Trời Mới (New Horizons).
The first issue of Chân Trời Mới was on May 2nd, 1975, just two days after the fall of Saigon. The newspaper was a few pages, and printed on Guam with printing supplies donated by charities, local newspapers, and the US Government. Chân Trời Mới served a vital role in the life of the refugees. It not only provided daily camp news to the ever-growing numbers of arrivals, but also gave important announcements on the asylum process and where refugees could expect to head to after Guam.
Perhaps most importantly, the newspaper served as a means for individuals to get in contact with one another. Each issue was filled with lists of names and contact information for displaced families and friends to attempt to reunite.