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The Story of Vinh

  • Rating: ****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $250.00 Home use: $50.00
  • Date: Copyright 1990. Released 1991.
  • Descriptors: Immigration and emigration. United States - Immigration and emigration. Vietnamese Americans.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Keiko Tsuno. Directed by Keiko Tsuno. Color. English, Vietnamese. Subtitled. 60 min.
  • Available from: CrossCurrent Media 346 9th Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 552-9550
  • Cataloging: 305.235'0895073 Dinh, Vihn||Teenage immigrants - Vietnamese - United States|| Eurasians - United States||Adolescence
  • Print Entry #: 3:859
  • Reviewer: Martin Buechley

    The Story of Vinh is a very interesting documentary about the son of a US serviceman born in Vietnam during the war. There are estimated to be about 100,000 such children born during the conflict.

    It is nearly 20 years later and Vinh, after requesting to be sent to the United States through the AmerAsian Center in Ho Chi Minh City, is sent over by the US State Department. The producers follow Vinh for several years to document his experience as an American. It is pointed out that it is most difficult for Vietnamese immigrants who come alone and Vinh's story demonstrates the problems that a foreigner has in trying to make a home in a very different culture. Most of his problems are due to language and culture barriers. He cannot speak English and he does not have the background of traditional school training that is required of anyone wanting to make a decent life in this country. After failed attempts to place him in foster homes, Vinh ends up in an apartment in Brooklyn, and is eventually arrested and incarcerated for several incidents of theft and assault.

    This documentary is a high quality, professional production. It is done in a style that does not seem to intrude on the events taking place but merely lets the story tell itself. There is very little narration and subtitles are used for the Vietnamese language.

    This program would be appropriate for high school to adult age groups. It would be interesting to just about anyone, but especially useful for groups studying the difficulties immigrants face when coming to this country.

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