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“So Close, So Far Away” – story and video on Al Jazeera

Link to full article and video here

Al Jazeera’s New York correspondent Cath Turner is also an adoptee from Vietnam’s “Operation Babylift”.

The video found in the story is about her going back to Vietnam and is riveting and a must see.  Snippets from the printed article below.

“When I pitched my story for the Al Jazeera Correspondent series, it was from a reporter’s point of view. I wanted to draw attention to the short and long-term effects of adoption; of what happens when a child is moved to a foreign country and placed with a family that looks completely different.

I wanted to talk about identity, belonging, racism and multiculturalism.”


Ever since I found my birth mother in 2003, I have been constantly juggling two families.

Most people assume my Vietnamese family was the perfect end to a fairytale – and in many ways it has been. I have been able to answer many questions that have plagued me my whole life – about my birth father, my DNA, my heritage.

But it has also come with some difficulties.

I grew up with my Australian family and identify most strongly with them. But I now have a Vietnamese family who wants to connect with me and would love nothing more than for me to move back to Ho Chi Minh City and start a family.

I always try to make sure no one in either family feels neglected, abandoned or unloved. And I know I am very lucky to have two families who accept, respect and genuinely like each other.

Note you can, if you choose, just listen to the video as it is powerful even without watching – but you will miss out on the written translations but it makes sense even without them.

Please go read the short article and watch (or just listen) to the video.  You will not regret the time, and you will learn about the Vietnam “Operation BabyLift”…Trust me – it is worth it…


Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Adoption, adoptive parents, biological child, Ethics


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