Development of Operation Babylift: Perspectives and Legacies was a highly collaborative, community-based process that unfolded over the course of one year. The process was rooted in key values and practices: dialogue, honesty, compassion, and respect for diverse perspectives and personal truths.
Forty years after Operation Babylift unfolded, over 40 community members – all with different connections to the event – helped shape this exhibition. They include Vietnamese adoptees, adoption agency workers, military and medical personnel, Vietnam veterans, civilian volunteers, adoptive parents, people who contested Operation Babylift, and Vietnamese Americans. We acknowledge the voices that were not present in this process – in particular, birth families.
By engaging in dialogue with these community members, exhibition curators explored different experiences, memories, and understandings of the events. Community members were involved throughout the development of the exhibition, from shaping the original concept to contributing ideas, artifacts and personal stories on display in the final gallery and participating in public programming.
Our thanks to the community members who shared their thoughts, words, and voices with us, making invaluable contributions to this exhibition. We appreciate the honesty, kindness and enthusiasm they brought to the process. They have our deepest gratitude.
|Aimee Phan||Maria Eitz|
|Anh Đào Kolbe||Mark Oscherwitz MD|
|Bert Ballard, Ph.D.||Mike Frailey|
|BJ Patterson||Mike Howe|
|Canh Eric Oxelson||Nancy Stearns|
|Cath Turner||Nhat V. Meyer|
|Col. John Kern||Nol Le Meyer|
|Daniel V. Flanagan Jr.||Peter Cameron|
|David Redmon Nguyen||Phyllis Kaplan|
|Dick Blanchfield||Robert "Frost" Redeker|
|Duong Thi Kim Lan||Ross Bowling|
|Gabrille Luu||Ruth Routten|
|Heather Sharp||S. Alex Stalcup, MD|
|Indigo Willing PhD, OAM||Shirley Keller|
|Jared Rehberg also known as Vu Tien Anh||Sister Mary Nelle Gage|
|Jason Thames Huynh||Tara Linh Leaman|
|Jessica McNally||Thao P. Nguyen|
|Lana Mae Noone||Tom Miller|
|Lara My-Le Price||Tricia Houston|
|Lonny Weissman||Trista Goldberg|