CONCEPT

Photographs from the Vietnam War became the voice of anti-war protest and eventually changed the course of the war. In the same vein, Bill Kurtis and Audrey Tiernan’s photographs of abandoned and suffering Amerasian children in the streets of Saigon ignited the American public and pushed the government to act. In response, funding and laws were created to bring Amerasians back to the United States.

The aim of this photography blog is to document the Amerasians who are still in Vietnam – to put a human face and a ‘voice’ to these people who were abandoned by their fathers and who, until recently, were ostracized by their own society. Over the course of six weeks on two separate trips to Vietnam, I interviewed and photographed ten Amerasians and their families in and around Ho Chi Minh City. They were made up of mostly Caucasian Amerasians and some African Amerasians. While their ethnicity may varies, they all have these things in common: they had, at some point in their lives, applied for a US immigrant visas either under their actual names or with a fake Vietnamese family; and they were rejected for fraud or failure to establish their American link. I want to let individual Amerasians ‘tell’ their stories here through photographs, and through their letters to the US Consulate and their words from my interviews. I hope that this will encourage more Amerasians to come forward and post their stories and photos. In addition I also interviewed an Amerasian man who left for the US in 1990 and has just returned to Vietnam on a long-term basis to look for his birth mother and to help other Amerasians. His story should serve as an inspiration to other Amerasians living abroad to extend a helping to their less fortunate brethren in Vietnam.

I’m exploring the combined use of photography, personal narratives, and the Internet to give a rejuvenated voice to Amerasians in modern Vietnam and to provide a more personal look at their lives. In this society that is so well connected via the Internet, the opportunity for Amerasians and Americans to establish some kind of link and to look for each other is far greater than what it was less than a decade ago. I would like to use this project as a platform to link the Amerasian community both in and outside Vietnam, and to become a tool for communities of Amerasians and Americans to exchange information and dialogues.

6 thoughts on “CONCEPT

  1. Nice ot meet you,

    I’m Ami Iguchi, a student of Tsukuba university in Japan.

    I’m studying about Vietnamese Amerasian people for my graduation thesis.

    I want to research the organizations for Amerasian. If you don’t mind, I want you to reply a questionnaire.

    I want to know about you more and more.

    I’m looking for your reply.

    Thank you.

    • Sorry it has taken me such a long time to re-start this project. I’m probably too late to help with your thesis but do get in touch if you have any questions and I will try my best to answer them and promptly!

  2. Would love to interact with you. I am currently the “de facto” US contact for Father Founded, Brian and Hung. Send a note and I will forward my email, etc.
    B. Caracciolo

  3. late November or early December 1972 a baby girl was born on the American Base in Da Nang Vietnam. Her mother was Vietnamese, her father an American soldier.
    Mother and baby were taken to a Vietnamese hospital. A Vietnamese woman who worked on the base accompanied them to the hospital.
    The mother’s name is Hong, she was married to my brother and they were coming to the United States in a few weeks. There was not enough time to prepare the departure documents needed to bring the baby girl to the United States. Hong asked the woman who accompanied her to the hospital if she would care for the baby until she had enough money to return to Vietnam and get her. The woman agreed.
    Hong did not leave Vietnam as planned. My brother’s helicopter was shot down January 8, 1973 and Hong became a widow with a 3 year old son,no money and no means of providing for her baby girl. She left the baby in Da Nang.
    Hong went back to Chu Lai to her family and worked in the rice fields until 1991. Her little boy also had an American father and they came to the United States via a the orderly departure program. I found my wonderful sister-in-law in 1997.
    We are hoping Hong’s daughter left Vietnam in the same manner. We hope that she is in the United States as well.
    If anyone knows any thing about this Amerasian woman please contact me. Hong wants to find her daughter. I want to meet my niece. She is not biologically my niece but my brother was going to raise her as his own.
    Sincerely
    Linda Moreau
    480-208-8576
    Lindamoreau619@yahoo.com

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