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  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Amerasian
Amerasian is a term coined by author Pearl S. Buck, and adopted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, for a person fathered abroad by U.S. servicemen to women of Asian nationalities.
White Amerasians in the Philippines and Thailand, however, are universally accepted and widely represented in their respective countries as the new pinnacle of beauty.
Although the term Amerasian denotes mixed ancestry, it should not be confused as a racial term relating to a specific mixture of races (such as mestizo, mulatto, eurasian, blasian, etc.), since the racial strain of the American portion of one Amerasian may be different to that of another Amerasian (ie.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Amerasian   (2944 words)

  Amerasian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Amerasian is a term coined by author Pearl S. Buck, and adopted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, for a person fathered abroad by U.S. servicemen to women of Asian nationalities.
This is also applied to children of Filipinos and American rulers during the U.S. colonial period of the Philippines and children of Thais and U.S. soldiers during World War II and Vietnam (the reference to Thailand stems from the U.S. military stationing their military bases during the Vietnam War).
The Chuck Norris film Braddock: Missing In Action III (1988) depicted Amerasian children trapped in Vietnam; in the film, Norris is the father to an Amerasian child believing that his Vietnamese wife died during the Fall of Saigon.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Amerasian   (693 words)

 Amerasian: definition, usage and pronunciation - YourDictionary.com
Usage Note: Amerasian is not a synonym for either Asian American or Eurasian.
Since American servicemen are of varying backgrounds, there is no particular racial or ethnic connotation to Amerasian apart from the fact that one parent, generally the mother, is an ethnic Asian.
Though many Amerasians are, ethnically speaking, also Eurasians, in practice the two terms do not overlap very much, with Amerasian continuing to be restricted in usage to the historical context of the American military presence in East and Southeast Asia.
www.yourdictionary.com /ahd/a/a0249500.html   (163 words)

 Robert S. McKelvey
Frequently, Amerasians were not happy with their initial placements, often because of the unaccustomed cold weather or the distance separating them from relatives and friends, and undertook a "secondary migration," typically to areas such as California and Texas, which have warmer climes and larger concentrations of Vietnamese.
Amerasians' popularity, however, was usually short-lived, lasting only until arrival in the Philippines or the United States, at which point their exploiters abandoned them and struck out on their own.
Amerasians in the United States present with the sturdy, resilient facade of survivors, but beneath that facade, one often senses a deep sadness and loneliness not displayed by those Vietnamese immigrants who are surrounded by large extended families and supportive, like-ethnic communities.
www.arts.uwa.edu.au /MotsPluriels/MP798rmk.html   (2851 words)

 The Living Hell of Amerasians
Amerasians bore the brunt of the Vietnamese communists' hatred toward America after their take over of South Vietnam in 1975.
Amerasians - My lai - are regarded as "bui doi" - dirt or dust of life - children of the enemy by the xenophobic Vietnamese communists.
It was commonplace for the mothers of Amerasian children to tear up their children's birth certificate in an attempt to hide the ethnicity of their children out of fear of persecution by the communists; more so if their children were My lai den.
www.usvetdsp.com /vn_amerasian.htm   (2389 words)

The Amerasians were caught in the middle once again on the issue of rich and poor, hungry and fulfilling, warm and cold, literate and illiterate, or being loved or not being loved at all.Their first thought of being "in heaven", referring to America, was twisted by many social and economical factors (Tien, 24).
And because most of the Amerasians were very under-paid, many of them could not afford comfortable housing after the government stopped their aids to the Amerasians.
Amerasians were caught between worlds that they do not wish to dislocate themselves from and became once again the "children of the dust" in a different homeland.
www.mtholyoke.edu /~thantran/Amerasian.html   (7606 words)

 The Living Hell of Amerasians
Many Amerasians were rounded up by the Vietnamese communists and sent to concentration camps, where they were forced to de-activate mines with nothing more than a knife.
As the new Communist government consolidated its power, the prejudice and discrimination Amerasians and their mothers had experienced before the War's end was institutionalized.
Outcast, despised, and openly discriminated against, many of the fatherless Amerasians and their mothers became part of "the dust of life" (bui doi), the poorest-of-the-poor and forced to live on the fringes of Vietnamese society.
www.frontpagemag.com /Articles/Printable.asp?ID=20254   (2331 words)

 Amerasian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Amerasian is a term for a person fathered by US servicemen during the Vietnam War.
Approximately 10 000 Amerasians were left behind after the war.
Many subsequently moved to the US to rejoin their families or settle in the new country.
bopedia.com /en/wikipedia/a/am/amerasian.html   (156 words)

 Realty Finance, Inc. v. Schmidt (Memorandum Opinion)
Amerasian was included as a defendant because of its apparent interest in lot 5 of the Kaloko II Subdivision.
Amerasian and Lulani apparently received notice of the assignment by way of the May 13, 1999 notice of transfer of real party in interest and the January 7, 1999 filing of the assignment of notes and mortgages in the bureau of conveyances that Waikiki Investments was the real party in interest.
Amerasian was named as a defendant because of its ownership of one of the mortgaged properties.
www.state.hi.us /jud/23441mop.htm   (3374 words)

 The American Response to Amerasian Identity and Rights   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The Amerasian Act of 1982 provided that the biological relationship to their citizen fathers would be considered only in qualifying them in the first preferential category of immigrants as children of U.S. citizens.
A careful consideration of large numbers of Amerasians being born as a result of the U.S. military personnel being stationed in Asia, as well as of the near impossibility of Amerasians fulfilling the requirements for citizenship, lead to the conclusion that a thoughtful policy would reform 8 U.S.C § 1409.
Amerasians’ marginal existence—from their poverty to their sense of non-belonging—derives from their inability to establish, in the absence of their fathers, a legitimate legal status.
www-mcnair.berkeley.edu /99mcnairjournal/Yoon/Yoon.html   (3154 words)

 § 3. Amerasian. 6. Names and Labels. The American Heritage Book of English Usage. 1996
Amerasian is not a synonym for Asian American.
An Amerasian is a person of mixed Asian and American parentage, especially the child of an Asian mother and an American father.
Since American servicemen are of varying racial and ethnic backgrounds, there is no fixed racial connotation to Amerasian apart from a supposition that one parent, generally the mother, is an ethnic Asian.
www.bartleby.com /64/C006/003.html   (181 words)

 AmerasianUSA - Amerasian Citizenship Initiative - Issue Background
Called “children of the dust” by the Vietnamese, Amerasians were badly mistreated and often denied basic civil rights, especially the right to have a basic education.
Amerasians, born between 1962 and 1975, were mostly grown-up adults when they arrived in America in the early 1990's.
These studies and surveys however do not help the Amerasians reach their dream of having a place to call home, an identity recognized and accepted by their fellows, and a future that is brighter than their sad past in Vietnam.
www.amerasianusa.org /index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=29   (959 words)

 Metroactive Books | Thomas A. Bass
The release of Amerasians meant three things to Vietnam: an opportunity to clean out its social outcasts and criminals, a humanitarian act on the international front, and a seeding of a foreign land with refugees who would remit to their families--and, consequently, the motherland--as much as 20 percent of their income.
Literally overnight, Amerasians went from being the "dust of life" to "golden children," endowed by the Amerasian Homecoming Act with the power to fly themselves and their families to America.
Brown's pivotal contribution to the Amerasian ordeal began when he slept in the park in front of the Presidential Palace in Saigon and organized a soup kitchen that attracted 200 homeless Amerasians to the highly visible locale.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/05.02.96/bass-9618.html   (1213 words)

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Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) introduced the Amerasian Naturalization Act of 2003 (H.R. 3360) to ensure that children born to American servicemen and Vietnamese women in Vietnam during the Vietnam War (Amerasians) are accorded U.S. citizenship just like the offspring of other American fathers.
Unlike other foreign-born offspring of American fathers, Amerasians are required to apply for naturalization and fulfill all the requirements of naturalization like immigrants who do not have U.S. citizen parents.
The Amerasian Naturalization Act of 2003 would confer automatic U.S. citizenship upon Amerasians who legally enter the U.S. in the future or have already entered in the past through the Amerasian Homecoming Act of 1988.
www.house.gov /lofgren/news/2003/pr_031022_Amerasian.html   (378 words)

 Korean War Veterans Museum and Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The door is effectively closed, however, to all the Amerasian children born between 1983 and the present.
MACK is a Christian ministry to Amerasian children, but funds are limited and not all children can be rescued.
The decision on which of the 300 Amerasian children needs immediate rescue is based on which children are in the most desperate situations imaginable.
www.kwvm.com /screenprint.cfm?newsletterid=206   (785 words)

 Amerasian Children in Okinawa
Amerasian children born in the United States and unable to speak Japanese fluently usually face even greater difficulties.
According to local government estimates, each year about two hundred Amerasian children are born in the prefecture.
The tragedy of thousands of abandoned Amerasian children living in abject poverty is not something that is going to be addressed without serious political effort.
www.zmag.org /japanwatch/0010-amerasia.html   (1344 words)

 Amerasian school student in Okinawa wins official diploma Japan Policy & Politics - Find Articles
A 15-year-old boy attending the Amerasian School in Okinawa received an official diploma Tuesday from a Japanese school, although the Amerasian school is not recognized by the local board of education.
Ricky Agarijo received the diploma from the Okinawa municipal Misato junior high school after his attendance at the Amerasian School was recognized under a special arrangement as equivalent to studying at a Japanese public junior high school.
The Amerasian School in Okinawa is a private school which conducts classes in English, with Japanese-language lessons provided twice a week.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0XPQ/is_2000_March_27/ai_61544203   (335 words)

 My name is Annemarie Bello and I am a sophomore at Syracuse University   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Most Amerasians were taunted with names by their classmates or peers such as "My lai" or "Con Lai", and "My den" which is the worst name of all three, used to taunt Black Amerasian children.
Unfortunately, after this procedure is completed and Amerasians began to resettle in the United States, the Amerasians still continue to face conflicts with their identity, eventually most see that they are culturally, linguistically and in all ways except for appearance, Vietnamese.
It is advised to the Amerasians that are re-settling in the United States that they do not begin searching for their lost fathers right away because they should adjust to American life, look for jobs and settle in.
web.syr.edu /~kjhall/ETS192/ab/ab.htm   (1662 words)

 The Living Hell of Amerasians
Amerasians – My lai – are regarded as "bui doi" – dirt or dust of life – children of the enemy by the xenophobic Vietnamese communists.
It was commonplace for the mothers of Amerasian children to tear up their children’s birth certificate in an attempt to hide the ethnicity of their children out of fear of persecution by the communists; more so if their children were My lai den.
As an Amerasian, he was forced to work three times as hard as non-Amerasian Vietnamese – if they were assigned to dig one meter of a ditch, he had to dig three.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1526654/posts   (3369 words)

 The Search for the Fathers of Amerasians
He also maintains a web site, "Amerasians - The Forsaken Ones," a beacon in cyberspace that is intended to bring the plight of these abandoned children to the attention of Americans and the world at large.
Thus it is not only Amerasian children seeking their fathers that Robert helps; he also helps the fathers who are looking for the offspring they left behind.
Though I thought I had a fair grasp of the Amerasian situation overseas, and though I spent some time in Okinawa while in the Marines, I was surprised at exactly how uninformed I really was.
www.filipinawives.com /amerasian.html   (1186 words)

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Amerasian Mission Center (AMC) was founded in 1990 by a short-term missionary from Chicago to meet the needs of Amerasian children in Korea.
The center is located in Dongducheon City, a city an hour and half north of Seoul.
In1999 AMC established Amerasian Christian Academy (ACA) to put more efforts into educational program.
www.amerasian1999.homestead.com   (69 words)

 Trans Global Highway. A proposal by Frank X. Didik, May 2006
It is proposed that the AmerAsian Peace Tunnel start on the US side, from the town of Cape Prince of Wales, which has a population of 156 and about 80 buildings, including a large school, streets and general store, and end at the Russian settlement of Naukan or 2 km north at the Dezhnev settlement.
The construction and use of the AmerAsian Tunnel would greatly reduce the overall cost of transporting finished goods and raw materials to and from Europe, Asia, North and South America.
Nevertheless, in certain cases, such as the AmerAsian Peace Tunnel across the Bering Strait, a careful engineering study should be made to determine, what, if any effect, would the theory of plate tectonics have upon the proposed tunnels.
www.didik.com /highway   (3749 words)

 Korean War Educator: Buddy Search - Amerasian
Due to the sometimes sensitive nature of the fact that American GIs might have living Amerasian children who are searching for them, veterans who want to respond to one of these inquiries may contact Lynnita Brown for discreet assistance.
The information will be posted on the Korean War Educator's Amerasian Search page in the hopes that a reader might someday be able to help you in your search for answers.
Amerasian Search opened on the KWE in May of 2003.
www.koreanwar-educator.org /buddy_search/search_amerasian.htm   (2256 words)

 Amerasian Foundation - Giving Amerasians a Voice
The Amerasian Foundation is dedicated to help develop an “Amerasian Voice” in the US and Asia.
The work has been difficult but the Amerasian Foundation has developed cooperative partnerships with three key organizations in an efforts to achieve it’s mission and purpose; The Amerasian Family Finder and Operation Reunite in the US and Adopted Vietnamese International in Australia.
A collaborative effort between the Amerasian Family Finder, Amerasian Foundation, and Adopted Vietnamese International led to the reunion of two Vietnamese Amerasians with their Vietnamese mother after 32 years of no communication.
www.amerasianfoundation.org   (197 words)

Some Amerasian children went home to the United States with their parents or left during the operation baby lift.
The Amerasian Child Find Network assists with the paper work., searches for Fathers living in the United States, DNA Testing or searches for relatives of deceased fathers.
The Amerasian Child Find Network will make every effort to protect the confidentiality of those for whom we are searching, and on behalf of those we are searching for.
www.amerasian-childfind.org /about_us.asp   (1493 words)

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