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Children of ReunionVietnamese Adoptions and the Politics of Family Migrations$
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Allison Varzally

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630915

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630915.001.0001

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Vietnamese Adoptions in the Early War Years

Vietnamese Adoptions in the Early War Years

(p.13) 1 Vietnamese Adoptions in the Early War Years
Children of Reunion

Allison Varzally

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the first wave of Vietnamese adoptions against a backdrop of military escalation and growing anti-war sentiment. It examines the language of responsibility, culpability and multiculturalism that came to dominate defences of adoptions in the Vietnam War era as Americans reconsidered the effectiveness and morality of U.S. foreign policy. Integral to such rhetoric was the imagined and real participation of American men and women as soldiers and social workers in Vietnam. The chapter not only elaborates the ways in which Vietnamese adoptions offered Americans an opportunity to engage with gendered notions of citizenship, but also addresses questions about chances for racial equality at home, the extent of the nation’s international obligations, and the power of intimate, familial relations to alter society.

Keywords:   Harry Holt, Friends Meeting for the Sufferings of Vietnamese Children, South Vietnamese Ministry for Social Welfare, GI Babies, Orphan Visa Petition, Committee of Responsibility, Children’s Medical Relief Intervention, Friends of the Children of Vietnam, Pearl S. Buck Foundation, International Social Service

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