Children Of The Dust Analysis

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Children of the Dust In America a majority of children are able to experience childhood as it was meant to be. Childhood should be time of innocence and joy; a time with no worry or strife. In the past, though, some children did not have the luxuries most should. Over the course of the Vietnam war, tens of thousands of children were born to Vietnamese woman with American fathers. They were called Amerasians, but later given the title, ‘The Children of the Dust.’ This is because they were worth nothing more than the dirt on the roads. In the years before the Vietnam war France was in the same situation. Americas attempt to help Amerasian children was weak and inadequate to that of the French. Both the Eurasian and Amerasian children were…show more content…
According to a study from Ohio State University, 76% of Amerasians wanted to meet their father when they got to the United States, only 30% even knew his name. About 22% had tried to contact their father and only 3% had succeeded in meeting him. "When you go from 76% of these children wanting to meet their fathers to only 3% actually doing it, it's not hard to see where this would cause psychological problems" (Bemak). Amerasian children were rejected by both the Vietnamese people and, for a time, the American government. It was not until almost 25 years after the war started that the U. S. Government passed legislation addressing the problem of what to do with the mass of fatherless children. This was done through the Amerasian Homecoming Act (AHA), which passed in 1988. The AHA allowed Amerasians and their immediate family to become American citizens and not just refugees (Phan). It also helped them with financial aid and housing. Altogether about 25,000 Amerasians and 52,000 of their immediate relatives migrated into America (Grabmeier). Even after they had been aloud to come to America, the government did not want to bee seen as helping the enemy. While Eurasian children were not accepted into French society because they did not look the part, abandonment was not an issue. There have been established orphanages in Vietnam specifically for Eurasian children since 1847 (Kraal). When the Vietnamese government claimed control of Indochina, French efforts to remove Eurasian children were increased. On March 18, 1939, P.I. De Tastes, the Resident Superior of Tonkin,
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