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American Experience; Daughter from Danang


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American Experience
Daughter from Danang
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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In 1975, with the end of the war imminent, Mai Thi Kim sent her seven-year-old daughter from Vietnam to America as part of a controversial evacuation program known as "Operation Babylift." The girl was adopted by a single woman, renamed Heidi and brought up in Tennessee, where she concealed her Asian past and became "101 percent American." Twenty-two years later, Heidi tracked down her birth mother and visited Danang. Their reunion became fraught with tension and misunderstanding as the cultural gulf between Heidi and her Vietnamese family grew larger and larger.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Daughter from Danang,” 02/14/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_72B3344E3ED942438997EF13C73780D8.
MLA: “American Experience; Daughter from Danang.” 02/14/2003. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 24, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_72B3344E3ED942438997EF13C73780D8>.
APA: American Experience; Daughter from Danang. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_72B3344E3ED942438997EF13C73780D8
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