Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday afternoon organized a talk aimed at sharing the touching stories of Vietnamese adoptees and helping them find their birth parents.
The talk, ‘Helping Vietnamese Adoptees Trace their Roots,’ aired from the daily’s headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City, with the attendance of several Vietnamese adoptees, experts and psychologists, representatives of charitable organizations and foster homes, and guest singers.
During the talk, 25-year-old Duong Ngoc Hien, recalled her childhood at the Child Protection Center in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City, before she was adopted by a French family at the age of eight.
|Aureline Malnoury shares his thoughts at the talk.|
The young girl was then taken to France to live with her new parents and continue life under the name, Hien Munier.
This past March she began the long journey to find her birth parents.
Hien said she had never resented her parents for putting her up for adoption, stating that she would thank them for giving her the gift of life if they have the opportunity to meet face to face.
|Amandine Durand talks at the event.|
Similarly, Aureline Malnoury, whose Vietnamese name is Phan Van Giang, said he was adopted and raised by a wonderful family.
The 27-year-old shared that he would love to work at the Go Vap child protection center, which was his home prior to his adoption.
Giang added that if he has the opportunity he would like to take his birth parents to the facility and tell them his life story.
|Michael Son Pham, founder of Kids Without Borders|
Another Vietnamese adoptee, Amandine Durand, 22, said she quit her job in France and relocated to Vietnam for work and to search for her biological parents.
Durand, who was also one of the children at the Go Vap center, stated she is willing to help her birth parents if they are having a difficult life.
At the event, Michael Son Pham, a Vietnamese-American and founder of Kids Without Borders, shared his wishes to provide assistance to Vietnamese adoptees hoping to trace their roots.
|Vietnamese singer Vo Ha Tram|
Kids Without Borders supports and works with children in more than 30 countries, attracting volunteers worldwide, providing opportunities for youth, benefiting, and changing thousands of lives around the world.
Since 1999, Pham made three annual trips to Vietnam to support local orphanages and foster homes.
Among the guest singers, Vietnamese-American Randy Trane delivered a touching performance featuring an original song about his mother.
Trane is also in search of his biological parents.
|The Vietnamese adoptees and members of the Go Vap District Child Protection Center join the talk.|
|Do Van Dung, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Tuoi Tre, gifts flowers to the guests.|
|Hien Munier and Aureline Malnoury (R) join singer Ha Van (C) during a performance.|