November 21, 1992 |
Across the fetid canal that separates the U.S. Navy base at Subic Bay from this famed liberty town, a broken one-room shanty with no electricity and eight occupants is a stark vision of America's mixed legacy in the Philippines. Roxanne and Melanie Hill, both former bar girls, are Amerasians, named for their American grandfather, a U.S. serviceman. The two sisters have different fathers, both U.S. servicemen. Roxanne has three children, each by different American servicemen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1985 |
Ninety-one children fathered by U.S. servicemen during the Vietnam War left Vietnam on Thursday on their first step to new homes in the United States. The children, accompanied by 146 Vietnamese relatives, arrived in Bangkok on a regularly scheduled Air France flight from Ho Chi Minh City.
December 3, 1988 |
Vietnam and the United States have agreed to set up a processing center in Vietnam to speed the emigration of children fathered by Americans during the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese report said Friday. A Vietnamese News Agency dispatch received in Bangkok said U.S. and Vietnamese officials meeting in Hanoi last week agreed to set up the center. U.S. officials said the agreement had not yet been finalized. U.S. Embassy spokesman Ross Petzing quoted U.S.
February 10, 1988 |
The war veteran who brought home the girl he says is his long-missing daughter from Vietnam last fall cannot disprove a new claim that he and the girl are not related--but both believe that he is her natural father. "I still feel in my heart that she's my daughter," Barry Huntoon said Tuesday from his home in Paradise, near Chico. "But even if she isn't my daughter physically, she certainly is spiritually and emotionally. . . .
May 5, 2005 |
They are in their 30s and 40s now. "They're no longer cute, big-eyed little kids," one former resettlement worker says. "Nobody cares about them now. I hate to say it, but many of them are among life's losers." An estimated 100,000 Vietnamese Amerasian children were born to U.S. soldiers and Vietnamese mothers during the Vietnam War. Now, 30 years since the end of that war, what has become of them?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1992
The assignment of three full-time Amerasian staffers to St. Anselm's Immigrant and Refugee Community Center in Garden Grove is wonderful news. A single social service administrator previously has been the sole extent of resources in Orange County to help about 2,500 Amerasians here adjust to life in the United States. That's an overwhelming ratio, to say the least.
April 28, 2000 |
Just 10 years ago, Marianne Blank was perched atop the cause du jour. As the director of the nation's busiest Amerasian refugee program, she provided job training, English lessons and tutoring for children of American soldiers and Vietnamese women--living legacies, and pariahs, of the Vietnam War. Congress wrote checks. Morley Safer came calling. The kids were on Oprah. "It was the sexy topic of the time," Blank, now 68 and executive director of St.
January 25, 1994 |
When Anne-Thu Pham heard the boy singing a song in perfect Vietnamese, she was impressed. His looks seemed very "American" to her, so she complimented him in English on his command of her native language. But the boy merely stared at her. Irritated, Anne-Thu muttered to herself in Vietnamese, "How rude!" The boy's face brightened. In Vietnamese, he quickly apologized, explaining that he did not speak English.
September 23, 1988 |
It's not really a secret, yet few people know much about Danny Larson, a junior quarterback on the Birmingham High football team. Only a handful of his classmates and just a few more teammates are aware of his heritage. And those who are insist it makes no difference. But Larson is a pioneer of sorts, a rare breed who reflects recent U. S. history. As an Amerasian of Vietnamese extraction, he is among a tiny group of Americans who are just now coming of age in a new land.
July 7, 1991 |
At a time when provocateur-of-the-hour Spike Lee has raised hackles with "Jungle Fever," his riff on interracial coupling, Velina Hasu Houston offers a radically different perspective. Deep in the heart of Kansas, a group of Japanese women sit on traditional tatami mats, taking ceremonial tea. They include Himiko, Setsuko, Teruko and Chizuye; their last names are Hamilton, Banks, Mackenzie and Juarez.