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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.

Ben Thanh Market

Tricia Houston April 2, 2010 I once said that the purpose of this trip is to smell, see, touch, and hear my homeland in person. (and of course taste the wonderful food) My senses were on overloa......

My First Morning in Viet Nam “Good Morning Viet Nam!

April 2, 2010 Tricia Houston I woke up to the sounds of the morning city traffic outside of my hotel. The sounds of honking motor bikes and people negotiating food at sidewalk vendors were down......

The Lost Children of Haiti through the Eyes of a Vietnamese Adoptee

By Tricia Houston In the days following the earthquake, we see the heartbreaking images of Haitian orphans and hear the questions of whether they should be airlift and adopted by Ameri......

Reflection of the Colorado Vietnamese Heritage Camp

Reflection of the Colorado Vietnamese Heritage Camp By Tricia Houston For the first time, I attended the Colorado Vietnamese Heritage Camp on August 8, 2009 and participated in four panel discu......

Mini Adoptee Reunions

Five years ago, I started to research how to connect with fellow Vietnamese adoptees. Keep in mind that I did not grow up with children who were part of Operation Babylift or adopted from Vietn......