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The European common market and the GATT.

Author: James Jay Allen
Publisher: [Washington] University Press of Washington, D.C., [1961, 1960]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Vietnamese called the Amerasian children of U.S. servicemen bui doi, "the dust of life." Half American and half Asian, they had been abandoned by their fathers to a xenophobic society that ostracized them. Nor was the U.S. government anxious to acknowledge their paternity and assume responsibility. With the passage of the Homecoming Act, however, the Congress finally, after many years, opened the door to their
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Allen, James Jay.
European common market and the GATT.
[Washington] University Press of Washington, D.C., [1961, 1960]
(OCoLC)551244750
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Jay Allen
OCLC Number: 1145954
Description: xii, 244 pages 24 cm
Contents: Amerasia --
Saigon --
Half breeds --
Nyetnik --
Apocalypse now --
Going native --
Tay Thi --
Confucian cocktail --
Security warrior --
The sins of the fathers --
A free country --
Becoming American --
The father search --
Love trouble --
The Bell Curve --
Tet --
Miss Butterfly --
Vietnamerica.
Responsibility: With a preface by Heinrich Kronstein.

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The Vietnamese called the Amerasian children of U.S. servicemen bui doi, "the dust of life." Half American and half Asian, they had been abandoned by their fathers to a xenophobic society that ostracized them. Nor was the U.S. government anxious to acknowledge their paternity and assume responsibility. With the passage of the Homecoming Act, however, the Congress finally, after many years, opened the door to their immigration.

Any child who could demonstrate American parentage - if only by the simple evidence of Western features - would be welcome. Relatives too. By then the children's average age was 19.

. The federal authorities settled the Amerasians in cities like Rochester and Utica, provided them with temporary housing in dilapidated asylums and meager vocational training in jobs like motel housekeeping. Ironically, a good many began their new lives accompanied by bogus relatives who had alleged kinship in order to escape their homeland, using the Amerasians like human tickets to America for their own families and themselves.

Reunions with fathers were rare. The majority of young adults after a very few months were on their own again. Little had changed for them except that in America they were illiterate in two languages and knew virtually no one. The transition was not easy for any but if the Amerasian children are anything they are survivors, however damaged.

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