The forgotten Amerasians left behind in Vietnam

The forgotten Amerasians left behind in Vietnam

Here we are talking about the children of US military service men and their Vietnamese girl friends, mistresses and prostitutes, that were conceived during the Vietnam War (1965 – 1973), and up until the American evacuation of Saigon in the Spring of 1975.

This is one of the tragic legacies of the war in Indochina.  Many of these forgotten Amerasian children are now well into their 40s and others are in their late 30s.  Almost all of them have never known (or seen) their father.  Almost all of them are of mixed race having been fathered by white or by African American or by Latino service men.  From the short video documentary that I saw about them and their situation in Vietnam, they are despised by many Vietnamese; partly because they are a “shameful” or “ugly” reminder of the war, and partly because of racism as these Amerasian children are not “pure blooded” Vietnamese.  Many live in worse poverty than the average Vietnamese do.  They are discriminated against in educational and employment opportunities.

My purpose here is not to depress nor sadden you.  But, it does sadden (and anger) me that members of the human family can be, and are, treated so badly in this troubled world.  The Amerasian children of Vietnam are yet another poignant example (and reminder) of a serious lack of respect for human dignity and individual worth.  It is terrible that these children, now adults, have endured hatred over the years of their lives.  They are not responsible for the circumstances of their conception, nor for their racial makeup.


  1. I know I clicked the ‘like’ button. I don’t like how inhumane things are, nor how people are treated, I just wanted to make that clear so I don’t come off looking like a sadist. But I do like that you are willing to talk about such bold concerns within society today that others may simply attempt to push under the rug.

  2. Hey Naughty,

    You must tell us more about your beautiful country, Australia. You are somewhat near Melbourne, right?

    But, hey, not to worry. What you liked was the essay, not the injustice that it briefly discussed. Here at larrysmusings, we take on the issues that too many others just do not have the time or the concern for.
    Best, Larry

  3. Thank you for taking part in the struggle of these Amerasians who have been forgotten.
    Once by their father and again by the nation of the United States.
    You talk about these forgotten children Amerasian are now well into their 40s and others are in their 30s late. You are wrong!
    I am an Amerasian left more than fifty years, led by a Marine who was graduated from West Point. I grew up in the family tradition of being educated in French schools. I was raised in a modern and cosmopolitan way.
    I now live in Paris. I started a family, an active life, enjoyed the French way of life, but all that don’t fill my heart with joy. The name of my father was revealed around 1999. I learned as a result of my research his death.
    I would also made ​​an affidavit, but it was rejected simply because I was born too soon, before January 1960. I wrote a note to all parents of my father, but no response from anyone.
    Until now I still can not overcome my sorrows and feel that I am condemned to be a stateless person until the end of my life.
    Do you think HR5156 Act Amerasian Paternity Recognition of 2012 may change something in my life?
    While the administration moves for Amerasians, my case seems to be desperate.
    Best regards,

    1. Thank you Linda for your comments.

      We are not familiar with the bill in Congress that you are referring to. So, we cannot venture any guesses as to whether it would help individuals such as yourself.

      It is an injustice, to be sure, and one that occurs in war. The frustrating thing for those who care is that there does not appear to be much that we can do to help.

      You say that you had started a family. Does that not give you some joy?

      Best wishes to you and yours! Larry

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