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07/31/2010
Trinh Ngoc Tran

Hi, my name is Trinh Ngoc Tran, I am an Amerasian, born in December 21, 1966 at Son Cao Hospital, Bien Hoa, Viet Nam. I came to the US in July 10, 1990. I am looking for my father. I learned that my father's name Kent (Ken? Kenneth?) Smith. He has a brother name Mike (Mark?), who was with him during the time he was in Viet Nam. He was in Bien Hoa province, Long Binh, and Long An before he left Viet Nam-1969. If any one come across and have any information that might help, please contact me at: trishmix@yahoo.com.



06/08/2010

Well it has been a while since I came onto this site.. I read it and I still cry about things when I was there.. I just had to let everyone know that I have missed them and hope the best for all that was part of this trip as well as a part of my life.. You all are wonderful people and I like to take a moment to tell you this! Enjoy life as we know it and take time to relax!



03/20/2008
MyLinh

I will never forget my precious baby girl. Her memories haunt my life for eternity. Her big hazel eyes and curly brown hair. I was too young to be her Vietnamese mother. She deserved a better life than I could offer. I hope that one day we will meet and I can show her that I have always loved her more than I could have love myself then and it is the reason I have tormented my soul even now, many years later. I want to reassure her that she had always been wanted since before she was conceived, I had always wanted to be nothing more than her mother. I want her to believe it so she will not punish herself for her young mother's mistake of letting her go. I want her to glance deep into my eyes one day and see the mother that I have always been for her, a mother that I could not publicly express, but a mother that was being torn apart inside because she yearned and could not live without her precious child. I am proud of who she has become, I am proud of her beauty, I am proud of her innocence... I am proud to be her mother.



10/16/06
John Shubick
Hi my name is John Shubick -- my Vietnamese name is Phan Xinh.
I was adopted by American family. God Bless them.
I am looking for anyone that was on April 7th flight in 1975 that went to Philippines then flew to San Francisco then to Chicago then finally landed at Philadelphia on April 11, 1975.
If any Volunteers or Adoptees was on any of these flights and would like to chat with me please do so at jaxsxinh73@yahoo.com
I currently live in Garden Grove, Ca.



9/6/06
Saran
My name is Saran and my given name by my Vietnamese guardian (St. Catherine) in Vietnam is THI NGUYEN HUYEN TRANG (girl).
I was born in 1971 in Bai Truoc, Vung Tau, Vietnam. I am in search of my roots and possible guardians who took care of me for approximately 3 years in An Phong Orphanage before I was flown to the US for adoption. My birth father is an African American War Veteran and my birth mother is Vietnamese. Any one with any information please email me at: lajoie246@yahoo.com



8/9/06
Ila Kerns
I am in search of a little girl who was an orphan at Danang during the Vietnam war. She would have been anywhere between 7-10 years old in 1969, so now she'd be in her late 30's early 40's. I am guessing. My uncle was a marine during the war and he fell in love with this girl. Her name was Nguyen Thi Hong. He had plans of adopting her and bringing her back to the states, but unfortunately he never made it home. I am desperately searching for her. I have been researching my uncle thoroughly. However, that name is so popular in Vietnam that I have found 100s of men and women with that name. Any help would be so greatly appreciated.



6/5/06
Patricia de_maere@iprimus.com.au
Australia
Hi everyone,
I have been adopted in the late 60's from Saigon to Belgium through Terre des Hommes. Unfortunately I don't have the name of the orphanage and exact date when I left. I am looking for my past. My Vietnamese name is Duong Ti Kim Son. Please take a look at the photos on following link: http://www.darlo.tv/indigo/VVsearchingpage. If you recognise this place or people please let me know.



3/21/06
I saw on american experience daughter of danang and as much as I could understand how the daughter heidi felt, I still felt that she could show a little more compassion for her mother. Yes it was a culture shock for her but she's grown and I'm sure she must have seen somewhere how life is there. She couldn't have thought that the memories she had from when she was there that anything was going to be remotely the same. It seems as if she doesn't want to ackowledge her mother and I'm not even going to talk about the rest of the family. Her mother sent her away because she thought she was saving her from emminent demise at the time and I really felt the pain and sadness her mother was going through. Not once did I see her return her mother's affection. I hope by now she has come to some common ground with everthing that's happened and at least try to make some peace with her mom and remember too that she should in turn thank her for sending her to america so she could live the life she's living now and not in the poverty that her family there have to.



3/10/06
Leighann
yes i have been reading all of these stories and i have cryied... it is so sad but at the same time great that people have saved so many lifes i would like to do on interview with some one that was involved in operation babylift in some way so please feel free to e-mail me at Southern_hick_chick@hotmail.com i would really appreacate it thanx again



3/7/06
Zach Hill
I was up one night and came across your program. I found it very interesting not just because it was the story of how my life began, but it also tells a story that only afew of us in the world can relate to. I was an orphan in New Haven orphanage during Operation Babylift. I have had the wonderful experiences of attending the 20th reunion in Colorado and going back to Vietnam for the 25th Annivesary in 2000. I have met other adoptees and still remain very close with some of them. If you know me and I haven't been in touch, look me up!!! I'm still in Atlanta. To all of those that were involved with Operation Babylift, and to all the adoptees that were there with me, peace, love and Godspeed...



2/21/06
Dorothee �
Hi, My name is Dorothee, I'm 38 and live in France. I was a vietnamese adoptee, born in 1967 in the Quang Nam Province and took care by Sisters of Saint Paul at Sacred Heart Orphanage in Danang. I left Vietnam on january 1969 for France to be adopted.
Today I'm search my roots and past and I'm looking for any information about me and the period I spent at this orphanage. I' ll be glad to collect contacts, photos and testimonies from this period (1967-1969)in Danang. Thank you in advance.
Best regards from France.



1/31/06
Maya
Hello everyone
many things happened to me recentely.I managed to get pitcures of me when I was about 2 (I never had seen before) and got in touch with a french lady who worked in orphenage in Saigon.
So I'm learned lots about myelsf and us.
best regards and wihsh you all the best for this new year.



1/23/06
Lana Noone
Hi Everyone, I just wanted to let you all know that the Vietnam Babylift 30th Anniversary Awards Committee has presented several Awards recently.
Please visit my website at:
www.Vietnambabylift.org
for a complet list of recipients.
Best regards,
Lana Noone, Author, "Global Mom: Notes From a Pioneer Adoptive Family".



1/5/06
Lori Smith
I am heartbroken to see this story. What happened to people living for today and trying to understand anothers culture? I can understand that the is a situation that must be hard for this daughter but take anothers life into consideration, her poor mother! And her family. Can you go through life knowing how you have hurt someone in such a way. Explain your cultural differences and move towards a positive light. I would be proud and happy to have the family and the mother that this woman has.



11/28/05
CURTIS LE HOLLOWAY
MY NAME IS CURTIS HOLLOWAY, MY BIRTH NAME IS "LE TAN TRUNG" AND I WAS BORN IN VUNG-TAU, VIETNAM. MY ADOPTIVE PARENTS PICKED ME UP THE DAY BEFORE OR DAY OF EASTER IN SEATTLE (SEATAC AIRPORT), MARCH OF 1975. I AM LOOKING FOR ANY ARTICLES OR NEWS CLIPPINGS OF THE BABY AIRLIFT THAT LANDED ON SEATTLE AT THAT TIME. DAD WAS SCHEDULED TO PREACH HIS FIRST SUNDAY AT HIS NEWLY BUILT CHURCH IN PORTLAND.SO AWAY WE WENT DIRECTLY FROM THE AIRPORT TO PORTLAND.
IF ANYBODY HAS ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS BLESSED EVENT, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DROP MY FAMILY AN E-MAIL. ( CURTNJESS@MSN.COM )
I THANK THE LORD THAT I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE ADOPTED BY SUCH A LOVING FAMILY. THE LORD HAS TRULY BLESSED OUR FAMILY SINCE.




10/31/05
Hello everyone
I regullary check your website because I'm always interested in reading the posts.
This summer I had the oppotunity to meet 2 American adoptees while I was in Boston thanks to "V.A.N".
I met Vietnamese adoptees in France,in London and U.S.A what a nice adventure.we lived the same story but now we're all over the word.
And this year I was able to understand lots of myself.
Thanks again for website and wish you all the best



10/12/05
Theresa Griffith

In March or April of 1976 I had the privilege of helping out with the babies being brought to the US. I volunteered for a week in the Long Beach, CA Navy Base Gymnasium. Hundreds of mattresses were laid on the floor for the babies. Each baby had one adult caregiver for 24 hours that they were here waiting to fly to vairous places across the nation. I have always wanted to know where a 6 month baby girl named Mai Thi with the biggest dimples anyone could have moved to and where she is living. She was being sent to Portland, Oregon. Although they did not want us to have the same baby each day that we volunteered, I somehow managed to spend some time with her. I have always wanted to write the story of my experience with these children but somehow have never been able to find the time or whatever to do so. One child I spent time with was an 12 or 13yr old boy who spoke French. Seeing that I am bilingual and speak French I was requested to spend time with him. It was wonderfully exciting though at first I truly wanted to hold one of the babies. He had been sent by his mother to try to find his father, an American. He had two younger sisters that he was also supposed to keep an eye on. One day a young 12 year old boy who was blind and had lost one hand and was to be adopted by a physician was crying. The staff could not understand his reason for this and utilized my young friend who spoke French. We were able to translate the problem. My boy asked the blind child in Vietnamese, then translated it in French and then I informed the staff in English. There is much more that I can say but I cannot at this moment.

Mai Thi was truly loved by each of us who took care of her. Interestingly each day we would entice a friend that we knew usually from my church to take over for the following shift. I knew these women well and knew that this baby would receive so much love in the short time that she was with us. When she first arrived and I took over, I was told by the lady who was leaving that I would not enjoy this child because she could do nothing. "You will enjoy this other child (next to Mai Thi) more because he smiles alot. Well, Mai Thi had been at the Catholic orphanage, was well fed but must have spent most of her six months on her back and could not lift herself or anything. By the time my 8 hours were completed, she was on her stomach, lifting herself up, smiling and laughing with big dimples. She became known throughout the room as the baby with the dimples. In the morning I turned her over to a church friend who had several children, knowing that she too would spend time with her. Next day was the same thing and when she had to go to the airport a friend and I (I was supposed to be gone by then) searched through the clothing from the Red Cross and found two real cute outfits, one was yellow and I think the other was pink. We wanted our baby to be well dressed when she met her new parents. Anyway this is some of what I keep remembering and I feel so blessed to have been able to be a part of this.

I continue to work with Vietnamese - helping some who are refugees after having been treated unjustly in American Samoa working in a garment factory.

Thanks for the "Precious Cargo" that I was able to see this evening.




6/28/05
Jodi White
Hello to all!

I would like to thank everyone for their support in watching this superb documentary and for taking the time out to write. I know that alot of you have requested the song, "Hold On" which was written, performed and played at the end of the documentary. If you would like to request the single, then please go to www.cravejodi.com and click on contact to request it.

God bless everyone,

Jodi




6/27/05
Cheryl Livingston Markson
I finally had the opportunity to watch Precious Cargo while on board the World Airway's "homeward Bound" flight.

It brought tears to my eyes to remember the days of Operation Babylift; I was then and am now the Executive Director of FCVN Adoption Agency. 57 FCVN children were evacuated on World Airways "unoffical" first Babylift Flight when Ed Daly defied orders not to depart and brought our children to safety - this act sparked "operation Babylift" when America saw it could be done, our government acted to commence the flights they'd been promising would happen. World Airways comemorated this event last week in bringing twenty-one Adult Adoptees to visit their motherland. One thought I had on this trip which I have had throughout my career of working with Vietnamese Orphans is that these young people are survivors; they lived when many others died from the lack of will to live.

While in Vietnam I was interviewed and FCVN's ROOTS serach Program wa discussed. FCVN has on a number of occasions beenable to locate birth family for Vietnamese Adoptees and to help families in Vietnam learn about the fate of the children they reliquished for adoption. Due to the article, Friends of Children f Various Nations (formerly Friends of Children of Viet Nam) has received several contacts from Vietnamese people seeking to make contact with children who were adopted or lost during the war. We are posting this information to our web site: fcvn.net
Anyone seeking information, a Vietnamese adoptee, someone who participated in the Babylift or a person placed by FCVN for adoption, or their adoptive family, please know we would love to hear from you. Many of FCVN's present staff were staff in the 1970's and we do remember you!

There are and were many opinions about Operation Babylift but personally I must say I was proud to be a part of this event. FCVN did what it felt right for the children in our custody; how could we just leave them when Saigon was in such turmoil - familes had all they could do to try andfeed and keep their children out of harm's way. The birth mother's who relinquished their children did so because this is what they felt right for their children's future in that moment in time. America has benefitted greatly from the addition of these wonderful, now adult, adoptees to our community.

They were survivors and this strength has led them to become wonderful young citizens of our country. FCVN hopes to contine to help build bridges between families and friends in Vietnam and those adopted from Vietnam.

My best wishes to all who participated in some way in Operation Babylift - it was a miracle that brought out so much good in so many, many, people. It was diffcult for those of us in the trenches of Operation Babylift to know of all the help we were given. FCVN is participating in the making of a documentary about Operation Babylift, any one who has information to contribute, please contact FCVN at fcvnadoption@aol.com
My best, Cheryl Livingston Markson



5/31/05
Don Ramsey
Anchorage, Alaska
Yesterday I was passing out Poppies to some working people around my home who otherwise wouldn't have had oportunity to receive them because they were working.

I went to one of my favorite haunts, an Asian food store near my home and while there I gave a little Hmong woman, a girl actually a red poppie.

As I did so, I told her: "Now, don't lose this....hey, put it in your hair. You and your family are as much 'Nam Vets as anyone here and Memorial Day is as much for you as any other American. You guys have no monuments built to your honor".

Ain't THAt the truth!



5/31/05
Tom Reynolds
I recently re-watched this program and it has a whole new meaning for me this time. This past April, I was able to go back to Vietnam for the first time to join a group of other adoptees with Sr. Mary Nelle for the 30th Anniversary of Operation Babylift. I am also one of the C5A crash survivor and this trip was an amazing experience; to stand at the crash site exactly 30 years later.

I am so thankfull to all the volunteers, Vietnamese caretakers and everyone involved in helping save as many orphans as possible. After hearing some stories of how difficult the lives were of those left behind, I am even more gratefull for what I have.

There are so many important stories that still need to be told. Stories from people like Sr. Mary Nelle, Sr. Susan McDonald, Ruth Routten, and especially the Vietnamese Caretakers. Thank you for everything and this video.



5/23/05
I currently live with the orphan that was brought off the plane by president Carter and I think this is truly an amazing story. We are blessed to have such giving people to adopt these children and raise them to be such respectable adults.



5/11/05
Paula Helfrich

Aloha from Hawaii -- I just watched your film, following an emotional weekend Apr. 24 with some of the former "babies" - now young men and women of Operation Babylift, together with former Pan Am employees, many of us involved in that effort 30 years ago. It was like a big family reunion -- we don't necessarily know or recognize each other but we are ALL family, tied by history and goodwill. I can't think of a better tribute for Mother's Day than the affection of birth mothers, adoptive mothers, and us "Pan Am mothers" ... you babies changed all our lives. I am so proud of this young generation growing up to know their ancient culture and their adoptive land, and to be the bridges between - me ke aloha pumehana //paula helfrich
clipper@hilo808.net



5/9/05
Feugere Maya
Hello everyone

hello to those who went to the website and thanks to Hua.I sent you a private e-mail.

World is small.I aslo stayed in "Sacred heart"( from 1971 till 1973) and got in touch with Sr Suan MacDonnalds by e-mail.

Thank you again for your website and wish you all the best.

Maya



5/4/05
Hua Lu
This is a message to Maya Feugere. I know of one other Vietnamese adoptee who now lives in France. Please contact me if you are interested in getting together with him.



5/3/05
Lindsay Addison
I was an orphan of Sacred Heart Orphanage in Danang and my birthmom died 2 weeks after I was born protecting me from harm's way. Sr Theresia has been gracious enough to fill in some voids of my being to Sacred Heart Orphanage in Danang. Either US Military troops or South Vietnamese troops or a passer by brought me to Sacred Heart Orphanage when I was 2 weeks old.

I am now married and have a beautiful little boy named Will, who is the only real genetic link to my being here today. Since the birth of my son Will in 2004, I have been trying to come to terms with my past and why I was one of the lucky ones to come out of Vietnam when the war was so terrible and took many lives. I have been blest by attending the Operation Babylift Reunion in Perkasie (Pearl S Buck Foundation) and have met Lana Noone (inspirational woman) and also gone to the Operation Babylift 30th Reunion in Arlington VA April 2005....since being back from these reunions, I have developed a lot of friends who have helped to understand that I am not alone in my plight to understand what happened 30 yrs ago. I want to thank all my new found friends, Ross Meader, Paula Helfrich, Matt Steiner, Roger Castille, Kara, Nu Wexler, Rebekkah, Carol, Bree, LeAnn Thieman, Sr Theresia, Sr Susan McDonald, Todd Adamson, James Wynn, Jared Rheberg, Al Topping, Hua Lu, Tony & Cora Nguyen, Ton Therese, Natalie Anderson, the Smalls , my family, my parents especially, and to my husband and to my son Will.....Rosemary Taylor too (if I left anyone out, I am sorry/if I mispelled anyone's name, sorry too).....please feel free to email me (those who know me already, have my email address...thank you, God Bless)

Lindsay C Addison
aka Tran Thi Thu (sacred Heart Orphanage in Danang)



4/11/05
Claire
Australia
"Babylift" has two sides.

There were the people on the ground desperate to save children who, in particular, were Euro-Asian and would face an uncertain future if left in Vietnam.

There were also the people in the US who wanted a PR coup to hide America's shame and distract the media from America's defeat.

In the middle were, and still are, the children. Now of coure they hold mixed emotions and a longing to 'know who they are'. I do hope that some of you do manage to make contact with your birth families - and that America gives them all the help it can to achieve this resolution.



4/4/05
Todd Adamson
Just a quick hello to those that come to this site. Thanks again for showing interest in the program and the support. I just like to see how everyone been doing. I still hear from people about precious cargo and how wonderful story of the program. I will always be touch by this program.



3/18/05
Maya feugere
Hello

my ame is Maya Feugere.I haven't seen "Precious Cargo" yet Because I live in France and I' m French.However I was very touched by some messages that I can understand.I 'm a French Vietnamese adoptee who came to France in 1973.

Orphans are the result of war.But let alone politics and I can understand those feelings of loneless, the feeling of beeing stranger in your own country,the guilt,...

I was especially touched by the message of Thor.I don't know you , I know it' sdifficult but I have you heard of your brother?

Thank you very much for your great website!



6/16/04
Amy
Jonathan,
If you really want to read about torture and hardship, read about the lives of the Vietnamese who stayed behind and who were persecuted, beaten, and above all starved by the Communists. And remember that America was there to fight the communists. We lost, and maybe it was not our war to fight. At least we tried to help. And remember this, it's never a mistake to try to help someone. In post-war Vietnam, it was a crime punishable by death to help a neighbor, friend, or family member.



4/27/04
Danielle
I think the Baby-Lift was the most spectacular thing that could happen to those vietnam babies.I am so happy that we (america)could show patriotic ship or relation ship with differnt countries. thank you danielle



4/27/04
R.B.Speight iarmymedic@aol.com
Staten Island New York
please do not forget that along with opration babylift there was also operation new life some of us (medics)got the chance to experience both of these humanitarian events.I was there at the refugee camps at tent city and asan point,I treated many Vietnamese children and adults and I am glad and proud to have saved lives during these operations if any other army medics were there e mail me please



3/21/04
Ellie
Lansing, Mi
My friend Danea Adams was one of the technicians who lost friends on the Operation Babylift Crash in 1985. Danea passed away this year, but she often talked fondly of the wonderful people she worked with in the Air Force during that time.

She spent many years tortured by memories of not being able to help enough kids. If any of you know about Danea Adams I would appreciate the information. Currently, I am working on a screenplay and one small portion will focus on that crash.

Sincerely,

Ellie
elliek1957@comcast.net



1/9/04
Christopher Willett �christrista@insightbb.com
When I saw the program, for the first time in 29 years, I cried. I realized what exactly had happened to me and so many other innocent children. I am grateful to be here. More so, I am grateful to all of those who made this possible.

It also stirred inside of me deep emotional feelings I had stuffed away, longing for the knowledge and knowing finally who I am and where I come from.

So with that said, know I'm holding out on a miracle here in searching for my birth parents, some connection to my home land.

I was born outside Saigon around March 11, 1974.I have been told that my documents state, I was picked up by U.S soldiers and brought to an orphanage in Saigon, where I stayed from birth through six months of age.

The name they gave me there is: Tran Cong Tien.

I (along with other infants and children) were brought into the U.S and into Omaha, Nebraska via reliefworkers/missionaries where I was immediatly adopted in August of 1974.

If anyone has any information that could help aide me in my search for my birth parents or any relative, please email me.

Thank you so much.

Christopher Willett



1/5/04
Trinh Ngoc Tran
This is a great website...I will find the movie and view it.

Hi, my name is Trinh Ngoc Tran, I� am an Amerasian, born in December 21, 1966 at Son Cao Hospital, Bien Hoa, Viet Nam. I learned that my father's name Kent (Ken? Kenneth?) Smith. He has a brother name Mike (Mark?), who was with him during the time he was in Viet Nam. He was in Bien Hoa province, Long Binh, and Long An before he left Viet Nam-1969. I came to the US in July 10, 1990. I am looking for my father. If any one come across and have any information that might help, please contact me at: ntrinh2nice@yahoo.com.

Thank you!



11/21/03
Mrs. Lana Noone�Lana@Vietnambabylift.org
For all who would like to re-connect with those whose lives were affected by Babylift, please click onto: www.Vietnambabylift.org

Thank you very much, Lana Noone



10/30/03
Bree Brown�bree@van-online.org
Portland, Or
To those of you searching, or looking for more resources, I encourage you to look at the Vietnamese Adoptee Network website. We just had our second annual conference and it was a great success!!! www.van-online.org

We hope to be a resource for adoptees and their families. We discuss a lot of the issues you have posted on this site.

Take care and hope to hear from you soon,
Bree



10/29/03
jake�atfonline@yahoo.com
as far as i know arrived in newyork in 1972 i just recently got a certificate of birth. i dont think its the right one for me. i look alot younger and my name has been changed and records sealed. dad is a vietnam vet ,i spent most of my life in michigan and newyork.

i was born in siagon. im glad someone is helping people connect with there past.

jake



9/3/03
Ed Morris emo7@prodigy.net
To all who were evaced out as babies, contact me...I'd like to hear how your fairing, I'm not rich or famous, I work for a railroad now, but would like to at least know how you kids are doin??? just askin...kids...I'm must be gettin old...lol

You all were precious and still are!!! Remember that and Johnathan...YOU especially!!!

Sincerely,

Ed...60th APS Travis AFB 1975-1977



9/3/03
Ed Morris emo7@prodigy.net
Dear Johnathan,

You should always Value your life as a Human Being...and know that not all of the Vietnamese (millions???) were killed by Americans, Yes you are correct that Babylift was a Micro event, but it was derived to save life and had nothing to do with what YOU or I believed in..."simply just try and save children"...as for you comparing Vietnam to America beginning with the Boston Tea Party or Stamp Tax and Gettysburg..there is no comparison...Yes it took many many years to develop America...but one difference in building this country was based on freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to live and progress...North Vietnam had no intention of letting YOU or any of the millions who died as you "say" to express that or know total freedom.

You see we can debate here you and me and guess what, we're not penalized for it...you can live free here and it's Great!!!

And yes like a Father to a Son...you should be grateful you have prospered here and Yes I had relatives who fought in the revolution, Civil War, WWI and WWII, Korea, Vietnam, I just had a son in law come back from Iraq...he may be goin to N. Korea, but Johnathan as I don't know you personally, your a son of mine in my heart and I'm glad your feisty and want change and no I don't see it with just Hong Kong or Taiwan (Modern era???)...I see it as all the people died on both sides in any war for a better way of life and to keep all safe from the fear and terror and oppression.

Please stay in touch and don't forget one thing...I bet you make more than me in a year!!! That's the American way and hopefully that will be the Viet Way!!! Please stay in touch!!!

Your Friend Always,
Ed



8/7/03
Jonathan jgroth@comcast.net
Mr. Morris,
Where you and I differ is that I do not value my life or the life of all the other babylift kids as more important than the millions of Vietnamese that perished as a result of the war. As an advocate for democracy and capitalism I recognize that legitimate change comes from within.("By the people for the people") Democracy takes time. The American Revolution and The American Civil War are good examples of legitmate change. Progressive events such as " No taxation without representation, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Stamp tax, Gettysburg Address, The Emancipation Proclamatiom etc." These little events spurred on democracy. Your seeing this in the modern era with Hong Kong and Taiwan. Vietnam today is headed in the direction of democracy but it will happen internally without foreign intervention. It may take 10, 20, 30 years but inevitably it will happen.

Are there many hero's in the babylift? Yes there are many. But the babylift is a "micro" event in looking back at the war as a whole. Micro in the fact that while thousands were saved as result of the babylift millions more died as a result of American foreign policy. While I am thankful for the opportunities in the USA I would gladly give it up for the people who died in Laos, Cambodia, & Vietnam as a result of the war and who today still suffer the after effects of the war.



7/28/03
Ed Morris USAF Ret
My Dear Johnathan,
First off, it was not a Political move for Western Expansion or some way to change others lives, it was conceived to save kids from the ravages of war, I'm an adopted Japanese American Naturalized citizen of this country, my Father was in 3 wars WWII, Korea, Vietnam...I went in at 17 years old and when I was involved in Baby Lift in 75, you kids were no political anything to us...we worked 16 hours, eatin box lunches and carrying you to care givers, who could care less about bein Republican, Democrat or even communist...we just knew that you and other babies flyin in to us deserved a chance to live and have a Life...no more no less, you put the politcal part in your email...but do you think that meant anything to us 17 to 23 year old airmen or nurses or folks who wanted you and other babies soo bad? Not hardly....At 17 just turned 18 I wanted to adopt quite a few of ya I carried off those planes...I saw some folks just break down and cry cause they couldn't keep y ou...but in short...you may say this country only used you to do their western expansion...but remember one thing...you get to throw your opinion out here and don't have to pay a penalty for it...pretty neat Huh??? Just Know that whether you believe it or not there was a lot of very young guys and gals who carried you and others to loving arms and still Love YOU and all the others...God Bless You and America for tryin to salvage what could have been another debacle...



5/29/03
Soul Jackson ladyecks007@aol.com
I loved the program and found it beyond interesting. I do have one question though, is there anyway to find the name of the woman singing the "Hold On" song during the piece? I know her first name was Jodi, but I am curious as to whether or not she has an album out and what her last name is.



4/14/03
I have just recently had the honor to meet someone involved in the bablift operation, Dr. Wayne McKinny. This humanitarian giant, is the most humble and truly caring person I have ever met. He currently runs a program in Palm Springs, CA. (The Well in The Desert) that provides food and clothing for the homeless and the needy.
While I was volunteering with Doc, I was able to get him to tell me some of his background. WOW, what this man did to help get so many of the orphans out of Vietnam is incredible! Doc, worked so hard to help the kids. He provided medical care, took those in very serious condition into his home where he and his wife loved and cared for them. He bent and broke the rules, did what ever it took to help out. Doc is an understated, no-nonsense servant of the people.
While there were many who served to help those in need during that time, Doc's story really is incredible!
You can read about one of his ophans in the book Ri. written by George N. Allen. There should be more out there about those who helped the children escape and survive.



4/8/03
Jonathan Groth
Was Operation Babylift a humanitarian rescue or a case of American cultural imperialism? I believe it was a case of American Imperialism which resulted in a humanitarian rescue. One of the by products of war is the displacement of nuclear and extended families which is evident in the babylift.

I am a by product of the Vietnam War with a conscience. I am married with 3 children and extremely happy in the US. But the question is at what cost? At the cost of my people? Am I too blame or any of the other babylift chilfren? No, of course not. We are the result of French and American imperialism.

Yes, many of the airlift babies I'm sure are living properous lives and the "american dream." But the "american dream" comes with a price. A price of never knowing mama, papa, and siblings! A price of not knowing your heritage! A price of being a stranger in your own land! A price of guilt!

Is war/imperialism the answer to global issues? I can't see how it is! Is there a u topia? Probably not! But let's not forget that material things and western consumption is not the answer. It was once said, "where there is love, there is life." What else does one need?



4/8/03
Tien Trinh littlesweetpea2000@yahoo.com
I am helping a women who has been searching for her brother. He was part of Operation Babylift. His birth mother still lives in Vietnam and his sister lives in Michigan, US. He is biracial. His Birth name is Ngo Minh Tuan born on May 12, 1968 in Bien Hoa, Vietnam and would now be 35 yrs of age. We have his U.S and V.N Id numbers. His mother left him at Ho Nhi Tran Chau in Saigon and that was the last she saw or heard of him. If anyone knows of this information please email me. Thank you! Tien Trinh



3/13/03
Mary Meier Marymary0311@hotmail.com
My name is Mary formerly Do Thi Thanh Thuy. I was one of the children saved by the Baby Lift Operation. I had the opportunity to return to Vietnam a year ago in February to meet my biological mother. It was an experience that I still struggle to find words to explain but a postive experience none the less. I was very frustrated by our language barrier and had to rely on an interpreter throughout the visit. I was 8 years old when I got to leave Vietnam but I remember all the babies and other children who were cramped onto the large plane. I sat next to a boy who was also half Vietnamese and Black. He gave me his blue sweater and I was grateful for it because when our plan landed in Cbicago, it was cold. I still have memories of him and wonder often how he is doing and where he ended up. If you are that boy, please email me. Does anyone have ideas how I can begin my search for my biological father. I wish you all the best and God Bless!



2/27/03
Todd Adamson todd.adamson@worldnet.att.net
Hi! Name is Todd Adamson and I was in the Precious Cargo Documentary. Sorry I haven't typed anything for a while. I just had to tell everyone that my experiment going back to Vietnam was rewarding. This trip opened my eyes to reality of life, and also opened new doors to a new life. On the trip I found true love. I learned we took alot for granted but never gave back to life. My life has changed for the better of things. I meet Jennifer Arias on this trip and just seeing how she took to those kids I knew I had to meet her. Now she is in my life as my wife. I Love her dearly and very happy to have her next to my side. I know there are more rewards in life for all of us just need to let it come to you instead of looking to hard for it.



Todd Adamson 11/26/02
Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the Precious Cargo video. I viewed it two months before adopting my daughter from Vietnam. It has helped me prepare for some issues that she may face some day when she is old enough to understand that she is adopted.



10/8/02
Margaret Beahan margaretbea@yahoo.com
I am helping a woman find her brother. He was taken to the Nuoc Ngot orphange in Hue because he had polio, and doctors were available there. After the historic event of 1975, the family went to So Vietnam and lost all track. His name is Minh Nguyen. Father Dan Nguyen (called HO) and mother (Cach Thi Le). Any info much appreciated. Were any children from Nuoc Ngot orphanage part of the babylift? Thank you. Margaret Beahan



8/26/02
I am haft vietnamese haft african-american who has been living in the United States for 12 years now. I have a cousin who is also haft vietnamese haft african-american who was supposed to be one of the airplanes out of vietnam under the babylift operation. Unfortunately, we do not know whether he made or not. I am trying to find out whether he made it to the United States. I would appreciate if someone could contact me at nguyenp@westat.com



8/26/02
Neven neven5225@lycos.com
Hi,
I would like to say that I really enjoyed watching that program. It just shows how we all take the simple things for granted. However, I think god worked in the lives of those individuals who came to the U.S. as babies from Vietnam. They were destined to be Americans somehow and although their stories started with sad beginnings; they all have happy endings. I wish you all the best, and the best of luck and happiness to Todd & Jennifer --) cute couple.



8/1/02
Natalie Cherot ncherot@aol.com
I just watched Precious Cargo (again) last week, I only wish the film was longer so I could learn more about each adoptee. I would like to know more about the parties who were involved in making the film. I am mixed-race Asian interested in the relationship between adoptees and mixed-race people in the larger Asian American movement. If anyone would like to discuss this subject with me, feel free to email me.

Sincerely,
Natalie Cherot
Department of Sociology
State University of New York-Binghamton



7/16/02
Jodi White gruv2grl@aol.com
My name is Jodi White, and I am one of the adoptees of your program "Precious Cargo" which has been airing nationwide on various stations.

I would like to thank all of the people who have taken time to write their comments about this special documentary. This was a VERY special trip for all of us, and the wonderful memories are still fresh in my mind. Obviously the Vietnam War is a memory not forgotten in the minds of the American people, and this documentary showed a small glimpse into a brighter side, the miracle and continuance of life, amidst the years of tragedy.

Also I would like to personally thank ITVS whom has been a firm supporter of this documentary since its inception!
Sincerely,
Jodi White



7/8/02
Karen J. Wellenkamp karen@studioab.com
I think "Operation Babylift" was a humanitarian rescue effort by a culturally-imperialist country--the U.S.--accustomed to thinking that whatever it thought best for the world was so. Nonetheless, it seems to me, for the most part, to have been an extremely well-intentioned response to a horrific situation, however many causes--including the U.S. intervention in Vietnam itself--had created it.

I was very moved by Precious Cargo (I just saw it replayed 7/3/02 on KOCE, so I think it's somewhat after it's original air date). One thing I was struck by--and I would love to have the adoptees know this--several of them mentioned feeling "different" or having disliked being Asian, looking Asian & different while growing up in the U.S. But I was struck by how beautiful all of the adoptees I saw were--without exception. Expressive, free with their emotions, allowing us to share their experience--and physically all very beautiful, even with their occasional physical challenges or "handicaps". It just struck me as so sad that they should have felt un-lovely when their beauty--both outward & inward--was one of the first things that struck me as I watched the program.

I wish them all continued joy & discovery as they explore who they are, who they were, and where they came from, and I thank PBS for bringing us their stories.



7/8/02
scott williams scott.williams@gmx.net
America needed a "good ending" desperately. Operation Babylift was our last chance to do something good and positive in the chapter Vietnam. We wanted to be able to feel our efforts there were not a total loss. This was a kind of redemption for our wounded ego and guilty conscience.

I was really moved by jodi's songs accompanying the end of the film and its various images. Her music is so beautiful and haunting. I would love to be able to listen to the songs again. Where can I find a copy?

The film was interesting, but I feel it did not delve deep enough into its subject. It appeared to be more of a travel report with historical references.

I thought the war museum's director's comments and Hanoi Hannah's comments were at times uncomfortable for me as an american, yet thought provoking and insightful. We americans seem to always think everything we do is great and right, and that the rest of the world ought to worship us for our deeds, whether good or, "not-so-good".



6/5/02
I liked the song "Hold On" and "Don't Hold Back" by Jodi White. Is there a way I can purchase the song? I thought it was okay. The documentary should have maybe talked about what happened to the other children that weren't adopted.I think if the adoptees were still in Vietnam they life wouldn't be good because at the time most Vietnamese didn't accept Amerasian babies.



6/3/02
Phil Psycho99_95210@yahoo.com
I thought that was an inspiring documentry. I'm Vietnamese and have been to Vietnam for the first time in summer of 2001. After seeing the poverty level of Vietnam and the suffering under the Communist and it's propaganda tactics still makes one angry. The documentry was great I noticed how some of the Ladies in Vietnam during the documentry shared their views abouts had the adoptees. I'm quite sure the adoptees were confused as they tried to find part of their roots. I only wish that I can contact them via e-mail in some way. I feel that I have a bond with them even though I was not an adoptee. Vietnam is a beautiful country torn by war and communist. If only we can challenge the ideology of Communist and its practices I believe that its only better for the people. While I was in Vietnam I feel that vibe that I was hated for having the oppurtunity to come to the United States, I'm quite sure that the adoptees felt like this also though they might not realize it. Only had they understand Vietnamese during the translation the language used are often deceiving.



5/31/02
Tony Petronelli app@palmcorp.com
My sister was part of Operation Babylift and she was one of the survivors on the plane that went down. In April of 2001 she returned to Vietnam for the first time since she left. At the time of the accident she was 3 years old and we adopted her at the same age. My sister told me stories of how it was being back in Vietnam, and it was incredible to see that the majority of the Vietnamese adoptees shared the exact same feelings that she did. She was able to visit the orphanage that she lived in. The "foster" parents that took care of her also recognized her the moment that she walked in the building!

I would like to thank the producers of this show for doing and incredible job in bringing out the feelings of the adoptees and the nuns running the orphanages. Your documentary truly reflects the true feelings of the people that were part of Operation Babylift!



5/31/02
Wendy craganw@mail.amc.edu
I, too, just happened upon "Precious Cargo" when I was channel surfing. Unfortunately, I it was half-way through. I just checked the listing for my PBS station, but last night's airing was the only one listed. I am very interested in foreign adoptions on many levels. First, I read "Seed from the East" many years ago as a young mother. The book, by Bertha Holt, chronicles the beginnings of Holt International and I was very moved by it. I always wanted to adopt a child from Korea, but never did. When I hit upon the documentary last night, it was right at a point where the "sub-title" for the person on the screen said, "John Williams - Holt International". I was hooked already!

Then, when my first two children were young, the BabyLift occurred, and we were very moved by it, as well as the end of The War. Our hearts broke when the first plane went down. I deeply wanted ALL the babies, but had no contact that would bring even one of them into my home.

But now, I am the proud grandmother of a wonderful little girl who was adopted from Viet Nam, through Holt International, three years ago. If you scroll down to the comments from "Becky" you will read about Emily - our most wonderful grandchild. Seeing Becky's comment today is how I found out that she and her husband got to see the show. I knew they would be moved by it also. My only regret is that I missed the first part of it!

I know Becky and Steve are trying very hard to keep Emily aware of her ethnic heritage. They even took her to a Chinese restuarant on the day of Tet this year! I pray that Emily will grow up as well-adjusted as most of those highlighted on the PBS special are!

I know this is long, but I also want to thank you for the wonderful listing of resource links provided in this website. I plan to check out many of them.



5/28/02
Kari Nguyen karinguyen@hotmail.com
By chance, I got an opportunity to watch the tail end of this wonderful documentary while I was in Las Vegas. Being of Vietnamese heritage, I am always drawn to any shows/documentaries on Vietnam. I was quite surprised to hear of such an operation as Babylift. I can only imagine how the adoptees felt as they grew up being "different". I remember how my trip back to Vietnam in 1997 was very emotional. Although I am not an adoptee, I can understand the confusion they must've felt because after I came back from Vietnam, I was confused about where I belonged. I was born in Vietnam but grew up in the US and now am a US citizen. It felt strange to go back to your native land and to be treated like you're a foreigner because although you're "Vietnamese" the natives call you "viet kieu", a Vietnamese slang for Vietnamese-Americans (aka foreigner). I felt that I didn't belong in Vietnam and yet I didn't belong in the US either as I was not born here.

I would like to thank the producers of this documentary for enlightening our lives with this touching documentary. I would also like to wish all adoptess much happiness, luck and success.

ps. Please notify me if this documentary will be re-broadcasted in the Los Angeles area as I would love for my parents to see it. Thank you!



5/28/02
We have a large Southeast Asian population near our community where I teach high school. This is just the type of program that I hope will open the eyes of some of my students to the question "why are THOSE people here?". Often insight and compassion is the best method to gain understanding. I sure hope so. Thank you for a very touching program.



5/21/02
Robert Brown robertbrownit@msn.com
I recently saw the "Precious Cargo" program on PBS. I thought the show was very informative and uplifting, until I saw how the Vietnamese government used the adoptees trip for political propaganda. It was also unsettling to see how the representative from the Holt group was practically apologizing for America's involvement in the war. How come no one mentioned North Vietnam's use of children as suicide bombers, how they mistreated the Amerasian children left behind, and the fact they are still American POWs still unaccounted for.

The communist propaganda of Vietnam should be challenged.



5/20/02
Six months ago, my wife and I travelled to Vietnam to adopt our beautiful daughter Celia (Thanh Hue), who was four months old at the time. As we waited at the American Consulate for our interview with the State Dept official, we crossed paths with a young woman who was there to adopt her third child from Vietnam. It turned out this young lady was a survivor of the crashed C-5 during Operation Babylift, so when I saw the promo for PRECIOUS CARGO, I had to make plans to tune in. Wathcing this documentary, I not only saw many familiar images from our two trips to Vietnam, I felt a particular kinship with these young men and women whose beginnings in life were so similar to our daughter's (i. e. abandoned at a maternity hospital, reared from birth in an orphanage, adopted to USA). Listening to them tell their stories of childhood as an asian adoptee helped me to better understand the issues she will likely face. I hope Celia will learn to carry herself with the grace and confidence I saw displayed by these young americans of vietnamese birth.



5/20/02
Becky becky2468@juno.com
I'm writing this through tears after chancing upon this program today. In 1999 my husband and I adopted our beautiful daughter from Viet Nam. She'll be four in June and in the past 3 years has become, unmistakeably, an American girl. Though we do try hard to keep her in contact with other Vietnamese Americans and keep some traditions from her homeland alive.

You can't imagine our amazement when flipping through the stations we stopped, chins on the floor, "Oh, my word, Honey, look! Look! That's the orphanage - that's it! That's where Emmy was!" Not at all what you expect to see sitting in your New England home 3 years later. "And, oh my word, look there's Mr. Hao! We know him!! AHHHH!!" Unbelievable! We tried to share our excitement but it was all a little abstract for a not quite 4 yr old.

What an incredible opportunity for these 8 young people to walk where their birth parents walked and understand more indepthly the issues of that painful time in history. To understand that there are always at least 2 sides to every story and that in our humaness we make mistakes, even when we intend the best. I'm also so glad to see that these young adults are happy and secure in the love of their families. The families who have raised them and loved them so dearly all these years. It's amazing how many different ways God can create a family and how he can bring beauty from ashes. We will always be grateful that He brought our family together from opposite sides of the globe.



5/17/02
karen mchugh kmchugh@bachomes.com
my heart goes out to all those brave adoptees and i wish them the best of everything in life. i was so touched by this show. i was dearly touch, in mind and heart. thanks!



5/17/02
I just happened to stumble upon this documentary as I was channel-surfing in between commercials last night and I was blown away emotionally. As an adoptee from Vietnam in 1975 by two of the most loving parents, but having grown up in a small town in Oregon (Newport), I had very little contact with or awareness of the experience of other adoptees and so this documentary was very insightful - nor was I really even interested until recently. The documentary reminded me of two trips back to Vietnam in 1994 and 1998. I was nearly overwhelemed to see some of the similar emotions and feelings expressed by those in the documentary while they were there.. many times they seemed the same or very similar to my own when I went back. If there is anyone here in the Bay Area who is interested in sharing their experience with me, or is interested in mine, I'd love to hear from you. I would also like to know how I can write to the producers of this documentary to thank them.



5/13/02
Hi there. My name is Ivy Nguyen. I am a UC Davis student in California. I just want to comment on one of your websites that swept me off the floor...because it was so heartwarming...the website is called "Precious Cargo". It's the story how after the Vietnam War or the Fall of Saigon in 1975, Vietnamese children, who were abandoned or lost their parents, were being evacuated from Vietnam in a cargo plane to America where they were adopted by American parents...and after they hit their mid 20s or 30s, they went back to their land to search their past history. I don't know if you know what I'm talking about but just in case if you're confused the website is www.pbs.org/itvs/precoius cargo. When I went through this website, I was amazed about the whole process of "Operation Babylift". And how the result of the journey they went through was overwhelming. HOnestly, I never thought about this problematic event. After going through this website, I realized how devastating these Vietnamese, known as Vietnamese American, had gone through. What touched me the most was the sample film you placed on there as well. Because of that 30 second clip, I was impressed and moved. Because of your website, it inspired me to write a research paper for my Asian American Studies 198 (Vietnamese American Cultures Studies).



3/29/02
Daniel Brown danangdaniel@yahoo.com
It was a chance surfing of my television when I came across your documentary Precious Cargo in Nov 2001. I saw the show and it ignited a fire within me. I dug up all my documents and adoption papers pertaining to Danang, Viet Nam and started research. I recently visited the country of my birth and even found my name on Sacred Heart Orphanage roster.



3/1/02
Jerry Landman jerry@nine-dragons.com
I was fortunate to have been the group leader of the tour on which Jennifer Arias and her mother Nancy went to Vietnam six years ago. Going to the orpahange where Jennifer had been as a baby with her was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had as a tour operator. It was wonderful to see on film Jennifer's return to Vietnam and what has happened to her since then. Through my tours to Vietnam, I have been able to reunite a former American soldier with his daughter and have relived this experience of a return to Vietnam for other young Vietnamese Americans like Jennifer. As the father of Vietnamese American daughter, I am particularly interested in this subject and appreciate what you have done in this documentary.



2/13/02
LESLIE WILEY leslie_wiley@hotmail.com
My name is Leslie Wiley and I would just like to thank everyone who was a part of this film. I am engaged to an adoptee whom was a part of Operation Babylift. This film gave me a chance to learn about a part of my fiance's life that I did not understand. I would like everyone to know that Operation Babylift not only brought joy to families all over America, but also to me and all others like me who have fallen in love with an adoptee. If it were not for Operation Babylift I may never have met my fiance, and for that I am very grateful! Thank You!



1/31/02
Thank you,Gardner Doc Group and ITVS for this outstanding documentary film. I especially appreciate the inclusion of an excerpt from my daughter,Jennifer Nguyen Noone's(Nguyen Thi Dai Trang)25th Babylift Anniversary speech in the film. If anyone reading this post has additional information re:flight manifests,media interest,etc.,please feel free to contact me via email at Noone@mailbug.com ,and I will do my best to assist.
Much thanks,and all best wishes.



1/18/02
Keith Mc Allister zorushi@hotmail.com
It was good to see a documentary on this subject, however it only glossed over the surface of some of the issues it covered. I couldn't help feel watching this documentary that the director was trying to bring up the prostitution angle with images of the girls and GI's talking about it.

I also noticed the Vietnamese officials commenting on why they thought operation baby lift was bad, but never went into details on their statements. Its a good try for what it was.



1/15/02
Kevin Hood kevinhood7@hotmail.com
Hi my name is Kevin, and I wanted to say thank you for your wonderful program, I was evacuated with the many children during the operation baby lift and like so many others I was adopted by American parents. For so long I have felt alone, until I saw your show, I hope that I will have a chance to get to know many of my the other people "children" who are in some way or another, bound together through the unmerciful events of 1975. I would like to say thank you to all of the GI�s, pilots, and nurses who gave so much of their lives, for me. God Bless America



1/04/02
Dan
Hi my name is Dan. I was born Tri Viet Nguyen. I'm not sure about the Viet Nguyen or the exact date of my birth because I wasn't registered with vital statistics until I arrived at Sacred Heart Orphanage in DaNang. My home was roughly 90 miles north of DaNang in the rural countryside. I was about 3 or 4 years old when American soldiers evacuated my mother and me from the jungle by army helicopter. My father, if I remember correctly, was shot and succumbed to his to his injuries. He was buried in a shallow grave near our thatched hut (only my mother knows all the facts). For a few days we stayed at a military base near the DMZ, I recall looking into the empty barbed wire fields. A short time later we found our way to a village nearby. My mother worked in the rice fields while I played with the children of the village. On my way home after an afternoon of play, I crossed the path of a large water buffalo. The buffalo was upset by my passing and began a chase.... I ran behind a large bush. The buffalo chased me around and around until he grew bored. I was lucky to escape with my life-this was just the beginning of my luck, as the good Lord would bless me with much more luck in near the future. I saw very little of my mother during this period in my young life, she was either working the fields or searching for family members.

The Viet Cong crossed over the DMZ in 1972, as I have read, and everyone was fleeing south toward DaNang. I recall hearing gunfire and bullets flying overhead as my mother and me ran down the highway clutching our meager belongings on our heads. I remember feeling quite hungry during our journey. We settled in with a family I didn't know further south. This family had two siblings, a boy about one year older and a girl about one year younger than me, their names I don't recall. I don't remember ever seeing my mother again. A short time later the family was on the move. I had no choice but to tag along but I think I was extra baggage the y could not afford. The patriarch told me that my mother had passed on and dropped me off at a nearby church (St. Paul De Chartes Church [I think this the correct name]). The nuns there transported me to Sacred Heart Orphanage in DaNang. The trip seemed to take forever but in truth it was probably about 5 or 6 hours. I lived at the orphanage until I was adopted by the Brown family two years later. With the help of, then Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger I arrived at JFK International Airport in August of 1974.

For the better part of the last 27 years I believed my mother had passed on. I knew first hand but never realized how desperate these times were. In desperate times people do desperate things, such as putting up their new born for adoption or leaving their children with strangers or telling a young boy his mo ther had died. I've been inspired by some recent articles I've read and the documentary I saw on PBS Precious Cargo. The time is right for a visit to the country of my birth.



1/03/02
Melissa (Nagurny) Hildebrandt
I was born in Saigon, Vietnam in June of 1974. I left Saigon on the airlift around April 8. I wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the program and wished that another organization would arrange a trip for fellow airlift babies to go back to Saigon. Ironically, my partner at work was a C-141 pilot for the airlift and has told me how emotionally difficult and chaotic it was!! I knew Todd Adamson growing up, but have not seen him since high school. It was great to see how wonderful he looked and how well he walked!! Congratulations on his new marriage (my mom told me that he and Jen married in November) If anyone is aware of future group trips back to Saigon, Vietnam, I would love to be be notified!!

Thank you for a wonderful program!!



12/27/01
mingwaiha
I JUST WANT TO SAY I ENJOYED WATCHING PRECIOUS CARGO, AND I WAS REALLY TOUCHED BY IT, AND NOW I CAN RELATE BETTER TO PEOPLE OF MIXED AND DIFFRENT RACES AND RELIGIONS,AND I'VE LEARNED MORE NEW THINGS ABOUT OTHERS LIVES AND BACK GROUNDS. I THINK YOU SHOULD SHOW PRECIOUS CARGO AGIAN. I ALSO ENJOYED READING OTHERS COMMENTS ON THIS ISSUE.



12/17/01
Thor
My vietnamese name is Quang. I was adopted in 1975. My adopted parents had hope to adopt my brother, however it was not to be. My wife had taped Precious Cargo, and to be honest I didn't want to watch the show. It was out of fear that all the pent up feelings would spill out. And indeed it did. The thougts of my brother my family... it all came, and I felt sad. I struggled so hard in my life to stuff these feelings of guilt and sadness. I just hope my brother or family lived and they are happy. I know I will never see them again, but if they are reading this... I want to say, I am sorry I left you behind.
love your Big Brother.



12/6/01
matthew hall
Hi my name is Matthew Hall and I was one of the children adopted in 1966 if anyone has any information on how I can go about finding out more about my birth paretns etc. please notify me by email. Any help is greatly appreciated.



11/26/01
Robert H. Zwier
I was one of the aircrew members who flew the actual missions out of Vietnam, I was assigned to the 1st. Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron out of Pope Airforce Base, assigned to MacDill AFB in Tampa Fla. Myself and other members were the actual medics who flew the children out and traveled with them to different locations, and then to the USA.. I have the actual flight orders and I might be able to locate the copied manifest to show just how many children were saved, we actually had lost one child to the good lord as we flew her out, we were just closer to the clouds and she decide to fly away and became an angel. Any questions that I can help please contact me in confidence and I will tell you some stories.....and some facts also.



11/20/01
Peter Nguyen
Hello! My name is Peter. I didn't get the chance to watch "Precious Cargo," but I would like to be notified in future event(s) should it be rebroadcast.

Thanks!

Please check the link to broadcast listings for PBS broadcast dates for PRECIOUS CARGO



11/19/01
Carolyn
Precious Cargo is a precious program. Thank you for bringing to light the circumstances of these orphans and for providing some insight to the problems of bi-racial children.

I majored in history at college and unfortunately was not told of this brief minute in the Vietnam War. I watched the program with tears in my eyes. Thank you for enlightening me.

I also want to thank you for bringing up the racial issues that Asian Americans face. Although briefly touched upon, it is at least mentioned. I am half Vietnamese and half European American. My parents are happily married and left Vietnam together in 1974.

I understand what these young Vietnamese adults have had to endure, "Always feeling different." I was raised in all-white neighborhoods and went to all-white schools. There was teasing. People questioned if my father was really my father because I didn't have ALL of his features. When introduced to friends of my father's family (if my mother isn't present) it is assumed that my sisters and I were adopted.

Thank you showing the television viewers that there are other forms of racism. That it can hurt to feel different as a child. I just hope that you will create other programs similar to Precious Cargo. There is a large demographic interested in this content. Many children of mixed heritage in the US are not recognized in our society. Have you noticed that when you fill out a form that asks your race, there is no "multi-racial" category? The 2000 census was the first widely-distributed survey that acknowledged my existence.



11/19/01
lois ann rooney
Precious Cargo is important to me and extremely touching because, my daughter, who lives with me, and I went to Viet Nam this past summer and adopted two little girls. They, too, are precious and to see some of the Baby Lift babies today is timely and appreciated. I remember the planes arriving stateside when it was shown on television. I remember when the plane crashed, it was horrible. We had lived in Thailand during the end of the war and the return of our men was so memorable. The massacre of Cambodian people left us speechless. Our ties to that part of the world are strong and when we returned from Viet Nam this summer with one little girl 4 months old who appears to have a Cambodian heritage and another little girl who may have some Chinese background it was like a dream come true. I had heard so often from some of our men who had been there dutifully, that they had found the people to be so sweet and were fond of them. Your film certainly confirmed what I had been told and I have tried to imagine how our girls will fare. Because I am 73 years old and will not be present 25 years from now, Precious Cargo gives me hope and optimism. I care for the girls during the week while my daughter teaches, so today was my day off and this film was just what made me happy. She, my daughter, was in the other room reading to them the six or seven books that they relish every evening and I have not told her yet what I saw. In order for her to fully understand, she must see for herself, please send me information to purchase the film for her and for them. The tearful viewing was good for me. Thank You, they cannot be forgotten. Those grown children did their families proud.

To purchase a video copy of PRECIOUS CARGO, contact Filmakers Library, phone: 800-555-9815; FAX: 212-808-4983; email: info@filmakers.com



11/12/01
Sarah Armstrong
This documentary is so important. We at the Post Adoption Resource Centre in Sydney Australia have just had a book published, 'The Colour of Difference' which focuses on the experiences of 27 transracial adoptees, 6 of whom were from Vietnam. The book gives each adoptee the opportunity to tell their own story and I think it will be of interest to those who watch your documentary. Those adoptees brought into Australia had very similar experiences to the American adoptees.

For details on the book, see our website:
www.bensoc.asn.au/parc
Sarah Armstrong
Editor, 'The Colour of Difference'



11/12/01
Kim-Chi Do
Hi, My name is Kim-Chi. I'm from Vietnam.Last night I had a chance to watch that show it touched my heart and made me cry a lot. I was born in vietnam but I'm half back half vietnam.I was found in a trash can near by a hospitol,I'm lucky to have a parent to adopt me and let me go to school in vietnam.in 1991 I came to USA.I just loss my father in Sep. It hurts me a lot. My father was a very good man. I miss him a lot. I don't have a chance to ask who my real parents are,but I'm happy now because in my heart I know my father love me and I love him too.



11/12/01
Amy
Precious Cargo is one of the best documentary that I have seen. It was very moving to watch these courageous Vietnamese American visit their birthplace and strugglin to accept the fact that they are an Asian American. In many ways, this show inspired me to help out with the unfortunate children from foreign nations, especially during times like this.



11/9/01
Patrick Weber
What a moving story. I was the socialworker coordinating many of the emergency placements for the Seattle Holt flight. We located over 100 experienced adoptive families that immediately volunteered to accept the children into their homes. All night they stayed at the airport waiting to get the children out of the plane and into their arms. Many resulted in adoptive placements others were temporary. It was an incredible event I will always cherish. Thanks for the reminder.



11/9/01
vinh nguyen
I have just watched this documentary on PBS and I feel that this is an excellent show which captured a lot of emotional feelings regarding orphanage aspects. It is a great idea to show this on TV. The wonderful song at the end of the show made me cried. The song is so meaningful in many ways. I guess the reason I can relate to the whole thing was because I have personnally experienced the result of the war and a part of the Babylift program since my grandaunt is a head nun of an orphanage who helped supervising the relocating of the Ameriasian children during '75. Also, my close relatives have two babies who relocated to US under this program. Even at this time, I am still trying to locate these two baby boys. Their mom was able to contact these boys through RedCross in 1990 but now their mom have lost tracked of them again and I am still trying to help them out. Both of them were in service at the time and I believe they still do. I have their names and their Amerian father's name.



11/9/01
kevin
Hi My name is Kevin and I left Vietnam in 1975. I was on the last Pan American flight out, and would like to receive any infomation about that flight.



11/9/01
I was adopted in 1973 from Holt International from Korea to Seattle. I was wondering if you had any information of how I could find out about that year and adoption peroiod. I was moved by your adoption stories from Vietnam. I shared similar stories with my parents about the airport and the orphanage. I'm so overwhelmed with the information that you had from the past. Especially the video footage. Please Respond!



11/9/01
Larry Stauffer
This is one of the most moving and wonderful shows I have seen on PBS in quite some time. With the world today seemingly falling apart at times, it's inspiring to see some of it falling together. God bless the children in this piece for having the courage to search and share thier journey.



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