Program Five - Segment Five: Baby Pictures

As the Vietnam War came to an end in 1975, US-assisted orphanages in Vietnam feared that if North Vietnam were victorious, all the children might be killed.  Humanitarian groups suggested as many children as possible be taken out of the country.  On April 3rd, 1975, President Gerald Ford announced that up to 70,000 children would be flown out of the country to the United States.  Around 2,700 arrived and were adopted in the US before the fall of Saigon on April 15th. Now adults, these adoptees share their search for a sense of self.


Richard and Tina Silver, Jared Rehberg, Shannon Hetrick, Betty Tisdale, Archive.org for newsreels.

Produced by Sara Caswell Kolbet with Contributor Miae Kim


Adoptees Slideshow

Further Internet Resources:


Bartlett, Theresa and William. When You Were Born in Vietnam: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from Vietnam. Yeong & Yeong, 2001.  

Bishoff, Tonya and Jo Rankin, eds. Seeds from a Silent Tree. Pandal Press, 1977.

Chan, Sucheng. Asian Americans, An Interpretive History. Twayne Publishers, 1993.

Cherie, Clark and Paul Miller. After Sorrow Comes Joy. Lawrence & Thomas Publishing House, 2000.

Pertman, Adam. Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution Is Transforming America. Basic Books, 2000.

Steinberg, Gail and Beth Hall.Inside Transracial Adoption Perspectives Press, 2000.

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