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.