Vietnamese adoptee reunited with his birth family

Thanh Campbell, was one of 57 orphans rescued by Canadian aid workers from Vietnam in 1975 as Siagon fell to the communists. In 2006 after a reunion for the orphans was held in Canada and reported on in Vietnam press, a man claiming to be Thanh's biological father contacted him through an email. DNA testing confirmed that Thanh was not an orphan and that he was mistakenly airlifted to Canada. On June first Thanh and his wife, Karina, children, from left, Aaron, 10, Rachel, 2, Matthew, 8, Joshua 4 and his adoptive father William are making the trip to Vietnam to reunite with his father and siblings.

'Mistaken' Vietnamese orphan to meet lost dad after 34 years

Bruce Ward, Ottawa Citizen

Published: Friday, May 29, 2009

– Thirty-four years after he was mistakenly whisked away from a Saigon
orphanage, Thanh Campbell – Orphan 32 – is returning to his homeland.

one of 57 children spirited from a Saigon orphanage to Canada in April
1975, is returning Saturday to be reunited with his biological father
and the brothers who never stopped searching for him after losing him
in the chaotic fall of Saigon.

Read the entire article here.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

One thought

  1. What a devastating “mistake”…my thoughts are with him. This is going to be a really difficult journey.

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