About AWB

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Amerasians Without Borders is a non-profit organization based in Spokane, Washington.

 

We, the Vietnamese Amerasians in the United States of America, are dedicated to helping the remaining Amerasians living in Vietnam fulfill their dreams of coming to America.  We stand as brothers and sisters, ready to assist them with DNA search for their biological fathers who served in the Vietnam War and application process for them to come to America if they choose and begin their New Life in America.


We estimate approximately 400 Amerasians still live in Vietnam, while the number living in the United States remains unknown. Nevertheless, we persevere.  Amerasians Without Borders (AWB) is committed to working with both the Vietnamese and the US Governments to implement the Amerasian Homecoming Act of 1988.  There is still much to be done. We’re hoping that the amendments to the Homecoming Act will help bring the remaining Amerasians who wish to leave Vietnam and come to live in America, their father’s homeland, able to do so.


As their Amerasian "Brothers and Sisters" in America, we are here to help them see their dreams become a reality.

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Meet the Team

Jimmy A. Miller

Chairman/Founder/Treasurer I

Family Tree DNA Coordinator


I am a working-class man with humble beginnings, born in Saigon, Vietnam and came to the United States in 1990.
I have been married for 24 years to my wife, Quinn. We have three beautiful children, a son, and twin daughters.

In 2007, I was heartbroken to learn that hundreds of Vietnamese Amerasians are still left behind in Vietnam. These are people who I shared common experiences of discrimination with, faced in forms both social and systematic after Saigon fell.

Therefore, I was driven to find a way to bring them all to their fatherland, the United States. All Vietnamese Amerasians refugees should still have the opportunity, like ten of thousands of other Amerasians who had already immigrated to the United States, under the Amerasian Homecoming Act of 1988.

After several tries and failures, I found a small group who all shared the same vision of working together for this cause, forming “Amerasians Without Borders”, in 2010.

In this organization, we are all volunteers of our own time. All donations are directly funding DNA test kits, medical bills, documentation fees, and other appropriate expenses require in the screening and immigration process.

For the sake of Amerasians still left behind in Vietnam, I called upon all Amerasians in the United States and Vietnam Veterans to join us on this mission. Let us work together to create new opportunities, reconnect families, and advocate for Amerasian people, fathered by American Veterans during the Vietnam War.


Listen to Jimmy Miller on NPR discussing Amerasians Without Borders.

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Minh Aimone

East Coast Vice President/ Treasurer II


I am a staff member in the Gies College of Business of University of Illinois. It is such a privilege to have opportunities to work amongst the brightest and dedicated colleagues in an academic environment where personal and professional developments have been the rewards and appreciated. I have four beautiful children, two girls and two boys with distinct personalities keep me on my toes. Being a parent has given me many priceless lessons about life and inscribe in me a deep appreciation for my biological and adoptive parents. My parents as well as many people have blessed me along the way that I can never repay in this life time. One way to give thanks and honor their love is to pay forward by serving others. I also believe one of the ways to raise charitable children is to teach them how to serve others together as a family and give back to the community, near and afar.  

           My downtimes include reading, running, spending time with my family whenever I can. Tending a small summer garden brings me simple joy. And of course, sewing and dressmaking has always been my most favorite to do. I have a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design and Textile and did enjoy the years I spent in the Bridal industry.  

I left Vietnam in 1981 by boat at the age of 13 during the boat era and survived the ocean for ten days while surrounded by bodies of dead children who died of starvation. The U.S has been home for most of my life. Being an Amerasian, and realizing the sheer number of others like me exist was overwhelming. Thoughts of Amerasians never left my heart and my mind. It was a simple decision to join Amerasians Without Borders once I discovered and learned about its cause and goals. I do not forget how life was for me, my sister and my mother in Vietnam during those difficult years. I can relate and understand what my fellow Amerasians brothers and sisters went through.  

We may never fully understand the Vietnam War and what it did to those who served and affected directly or indirectly, but learning about that piece of human history has taught me lessons about loss, love, grief, joy, bravery, resiliency, perseverance, and most importantly forgiveness.  

My role in AWB is to assist teams of team with various tasks to follow our mission by supporting one another, assisting those who are still left behind and wish to come and restart their lives in America. 

 

 

Tiffany Le

West Coast Vice President/Treasurer II


I am a mother of two and a partner in crime to my love. I love to travel and I have a soft spot for animals. I enjoy photography and food makes me smile.

Being an Amerasian, I value and embrace both culture within me and created the best version of who I am. I am a straight forward person therefore I hold honesty in high regard. I’m volunteering with AWB because I want to make a difference in people’s lives. Especially the Amerasians. I want to show that we all deserve the best that this world has to offer and that we are all worthy of it no matter what color we are.

Linh Hopkins

Media & Public Relation Coordinator 

Ancestry DNA Assistance 

Fundraising Coordinator


My name is Linh Hopkins. For 25 years, I have owned my own business. I have been married for 23 years to my loving husband, Jim. We are proud parents of 3 children whom we love dearly. We are a very busy and active family. As a family, we do our best to spend as much quality time as we can together. We enjoy playing board games together, attending sport events together and serve together within our church family as Sunday school teachers. We make an effort to volunteer within our community as often as we are able. We believe that it’s important to give back and pay forward for many of the blessings that we have been given.


   As an Amerasian myself, my heart goes out to my fellow Amerasians that are still left behind in Vietnam. Many of whom are still living in an impoverish condition and they dream of coming to America for a better life and opportunity.They yearn for the chance to be in the land of their fathers. My hope and prayers is that we all can come together in our own God given talent rather it be big or small to help those who are much less fortunate.

Elaine Thai

General Secretary

Vietnamese & American Outreach

Ancestry DNA Assistance


My name is Elaine Thai. I have been assigned as Secretary/Outreach on behalf of the AWB Organization. A little fun fact about me: I’m a proud mother of two adult sons and a wonderful 3 year old grandson. My career outside of volunteering is a Human Capital Management Consultant (HCMC) for a payroll/benefits company. Besides volunteering for AWB or working, I enjoy spending time with my precious grandson. I am also a regular member of a well-known boxing gym in Arizona. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful life with friends and family. I also had an opportunity to find my father and my half siblings. I’d like to see Amerasians, especially those who still reside in Vietnam, to be able to receive the joy and happiness that I had been given so therefore, it was the reason why I joined the AWB group.

Dat Vo

Legal Advisor


My name is Dat Vo and I am an Amerasian.  I was born in Saigon, Viet Nam.  I migrated to the United States in the 90s and I am an attorney from Houston, Texas.

Jordin Hopkins

Fundraising Outreach Coordinator


My name is Jordin Hopkins, a former collegiate athlete from Illinois Wesleyan University and a current candidate for a Master's degree of Human Resources and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My goal is to become a Human Resources professional while assisting AWB in reuniting Vietnamese-Americans with their long-lost families. My current and past volunteer work consists of a Missions Trip to Honduras and serving as a Sunday School teacher. My current role in AWB is to coordinate and implement fundraising opportunities so we can help current Amerasian families in Vietnam. If you wish to make a gift to AWB, please feel free to reach out to me.

Jenny Do

AWB Legal Advisor

  

Jenny Do is a estate planning attorney by day, engaged artist and philanthropist by night. Jenny Do was recognized as the Trailblazer recipient in 2015 for the Woman of the Year Award and 2007 Woman of the Year, the prestigious awards bestowed by the California Legislature of District 15th and 23rd, respectively. The state legislature identified her as one of those rare individuals who made a difference not only in her local community but much further beyond. Locally, Jenny founded the Ao Dai Festival (www.aodaifestival.org) and the Green Rice Gallery, which provides biannual culture celebration and a venue for Vietnamese-American artists. She was the curator for many well-received exhibitions around the San Francisco and Greater Bay Area. These exhibitions are designed to promote Vietnamese American arts and culture, as well as to raise awareness on social issues that impede the advancement of the Vietnamese American community and other groups. Jenny has also sat on the City of San Jose’s Arts Commission. Jenny earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from San Jose State University and her law degree from Lincoln Law School. She was an adjunct instructor at San Jose City College and a regular contributor to various Vietnamese newspapers and radio talkshows. She authored the well-received essay titled "Đường Khuynh Diệp" and other essays helping cancer patients. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of San Jose in 2007 and the unsolicited Belle Foundation grant in 2005. Jenny’s works and life story have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, Time-Warner Production and many other programs on national and local media.
 

Courtnie Trang Dang

Fundraising Coordinator

Julie Cox Wellborne

Event Coordinator & Fundraising Outreach II

Andrea Olmanson

Ancestry DNA Genealogy Coordinator

Attorney From Wisconsin

Ann Mai

Ancestry DNA Assistance


My name is Ann Mai, I was adopted when I was three days old. I came to the United States with my adopted mother and my older sister in 1984 at the age of 12. I was one of those who were fortunate enough to be adopted by a loving family.

I am married with three wonderful children, 1 girl and two boys. My husband of 27 years is an autobody repairman and the rock of our family. My daughter graduated from University of The Sciences in Philadelphia college with a PharmD in Pharmacy and my son will be graduating this coming year from La Salle University with an MBA in accounting. My youngest is in third grade and he is the one that keep me on my toes.

I am currently a manager at Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine. I am compassionate about helping people who need medical attention and advocate for better health.

I came to know Jimmy Miller, president of Amerasian Without Border, through a close friend of mine, Angelina Menon, in 2014. I was lucky enough to come to this wonderful country to have the ability to achieve my dreams. When Jimmy asked me to join the team, I accepted the opportunity to help out in any way I can to support the organization so that we can accomplished our mission in helping the hundreds of brothers and sisters who are left behind to come to our fatherland. It breaks my heart knowing that they are suffering on a daily basis with discrimination and racism, since we are the so  called  “enemy children”.

   

Truc Tran

IT Admin/Consultant


I currently work as Database Administrator for Salt Lake Community College.  I was born in Saigon and came to the United States in 1983.  I settled in Utah and fell in love with the mountains, the white powdered snow, beautiful lakes and scenic hiking trails.  I graduated from Weber State University as a Computer Science engineer, and took an interest in technology, data analysis, cyber security and many trendy tech developments.  Aside from my passion for “geeky” stuff, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my two children.  In 2008, Jimmy Miller reached out to many Vietnamese Americans to form an organization to assist those who are still in Vietnam and to provide guidance and assistance to those who recently relocate to the United States. I hope to contribute my time and experience to assist the organization to achieve its goals.