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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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After the Airlifts

After the Airlifts

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Children of Reunion

Allison Varzally

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses upon the aftermath of Operation Babylift, the mass airlift of Vietnamese children to the United states on the eve of the nation’s formal withdrawal. Arguably the most dramatic episode of the unfolding adoption and migration story, it received overwhelming media coverage, captured international attention, and pushed Vietnamese adoptees to the center of debates about the war’s end and aftermath. Although the architects of the airlift hoped it would improve the America’s reputation and benefit Vietnamese children, it stoked significant controversy among Americans and Vietnamese who accused the U.S. and Vietnamese governments of playing politics. The airlift and its controversy also displayed the creative ways in which Vietnamese families stretched across national boundaries an, demanded reunions, and disputed American efforts to contain and control the legacies of war.

Keywords:   Nguyen Da Yen et. al v. Kissinger, Operation Babylift, Custody Battles, Camp Pendleton, Center for Constitutional Rights

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