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  • Infant airlifted out of Vietnam thanks UCLA doctor 35 years later

    In April 1975, Vu Tien Kinh arrived at UCLA from battle-torn Vietnam. The orphaned 3-month-old was dehydrated, malnourished and plagued by diarrhea, eye infections and a contagious skin rash.

    On Wednesday, Vu returned to thank the doctor who had restored his health.

    Barry Halpern was an intern resident 35 years ago when UCLA Medical Center admitted 20 of 219 orphans who were airlifted out of Vu's orphanage in Saigon just days before the city fell to the North Vietnamese army, ending the Vietnam War.
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    FULL ARTICLE - LOS ANGELES TIMES

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    Good news story. I can understand his interest in wanting to know more about his 'roots' and Vietnamese culture.

    I was at an employee's minority conference dealing with Asian and Pacific Islanders in my agency. There were several first generation Vietnamese there and I was astounded that I could speak more Vietnamese than they could and knew more about their culture than they did.
    "If you are right, then you are right even if everyone says you are wrong. If you are wrong then you are wrong even if everyone says you are right." William Penn.

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