Children of the Enemy

Oral Histories of Vietnamese Amerasians and Their Mothers


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About the Book

When U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, they left behind thousands of young children fathered by American soldiers. The new regime regarded the Amerasians as children of the enemy and ostracized them from Vietnamese society.
The U.S. government passed the Homecoming Act of 1988, finally facilitating immigration of Amerasians to the United States. Most who have emigrated faced difficulty adjusting to a new culture and only about 2 percent have been reunited with their fathers. Revealing and often poignant, the 38 interviews here give voice to the struggle that Amerasians and their mothers faced in their homeland.

About the Author(s)

Steven DeBonis spent 12 years teaching in refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines.

Bibliographic Details

Steven DeBonis
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 309
Bibliographic Info: photos, maps, glossary, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013 [1995]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7601-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0529-6
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “A welcome introduction to one group of Indochinese refugees that hitherto have not received the attention they deserved”—Choice
  • “Compelling…important for gaining an understanding of the backgrounds of Amerasions and their mothers”—MultiCultural Review
  • “The author…conducted over a hundred interviews with Amerasians and their mothers in 1991 and 1992”—Asian and Pacific Migration Journal.