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I am a Vietnamese adoptee who was part of Operation Babylift. I was on a Pan Am flight that touched down in San Francisco and processed at the Presidio on April 6, 1975. As an infant in Viet Nam, I was first placed at Hoi Duc Anh Orphanage in late 1974. Then I was moved to the World Vision New Life Baby Home in Gia Dinh District in January 1975. I grew up and continue to reside in Orange County, California. I am now a board member of Operation Reunite (http://operationreunite.org/), a networking organization for first generation Vietnamese adoptees and an education resource about our birth culture and an Advisory Network Board Member of Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI http://www.adoptedvietnamese.org/). I have been speaking on panels at the Vietnamese Heritage Camps in Colorado for three years.

The Right Time for a Reunion

Written on April 15, 2010 By Tricia Houston During our two week reunion, there were too many signs that this was the right time for our gathering of the first generation Vietnamese adoptees fro......

Good Night Saigon

April 15, 2010 Tricia Houston It is my last night in Saigon and I feel a sense of peace within myself. I have found more than I thought I would during my first visit to my homeland. Of course, ......

Go Vap Orphanage

Written about Monday, April 12, 2010 Tricia Houston Last year I asked Kim if I could teach a lesson at the orphanage that she volunteers at and was once a home for her. This has been in the pl......

Homecoming Day

Tricia Houston My homecoming day is April 8. That was when I was named Patricia Anne Houston and given to a family to start a new life. I love you mom!

An Evening with a Vietnamese Family

April 7, 2010 Tricia Houston Tonight was a special evening. Four weeks ago I met a woman, Tho, who worked at the World Vision Baby Home in Gia Dinh District. She gave me a book to give to her s......

35 Years Ago

April 6, 2010 Tricia Houston I did not realize that yesterday, April 5, was the day I left Saigon to a new home in America 35 years ago. Today, April 6 was when I touched down on American soi......

An Orphan Named Nhu

Written about April 5, 2010 Tricia Houston In the morning I met my dear friend, Kim, to travel to our destination. Our purpose for the morning was to participate in a VAN GO Conference at the ......

April 4, 1975

Tricia Houston Today is the Galaxy C-5A Memorial Ceremony. To all of my brothers and sisters who I never met due to the tragedy on April 4, 1975, I will be saying a prayer for you at the crash ......

Taking in Saigon by Foot

Writing about April 3, 2010 Tricia Houston At 10:00 on Saturday, April 3, we met for a city tour lead by the inspirational Son Michael Pham. He is the founder of Kids Without Borders (http://www......

Come Together

April 3, 2010 Writing about April 2, 2010 Tricia Houston Yesterday was day of gatherings for the first time since I arrived. After we walked through the Ben Thanh Market and freshened up at ou......