- Actors: Mai Thi Kim, Heidi Neville-Bub, Gerald Ford, Tom Miller, Tran Tuong Nhu
- Directors: Vicente Franco, Gail Dolgin
- Producers: Gail Dolgin, Sunshine Ludder
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English, Vietnamese
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Studio: Pbs (Direct)
- VHS Release Date: April 8, 2003
- Run Time: 83 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00008WI7E
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,593 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
American Experiece: Daughter From Danang [VHS]
Top Customer Reviews
When my family and I watched this movie, dispite the fact that we come from the same background as the traditional vietnamese family, we completely sympathize with the estranged daughter, feeling who's offended and overwhelmed with her family's bombarding expectactions and rude approaches. This film does an excellent job of documenting an american reaction to the vientamese culture.
I only gave it 4 of 5 stars because its still missing the followup to this reunion.
This provides the context for an intercultural mother-daughter reunion that Heidi is completely unprepared for. It's obvious that Heidi experiences severe cultural shock upon her arrival in Vietnam. She also can't deal with what she perceives as her mother's clinging behavior. Heidi says this makes her feel like she is the mother rather than the daughter. It's obvious that her romantic vision of finally having a mother who would take care of and protect her is hopelessly naive.
Heidi's final and most intense breakdown occurs when her Vietnamese family makes a very direct request for her to support her mother with a monthly financial stipend. My wife is originally from Ecuador, a country that, like Vietnam, places more emphasis on family obligations and taking care of your elders than the individualistic and youth oriented United States. So she felt a strong emotional connection to the Vietnamese family and become intensely upset with Heidi for what she perceived to be Heidi's extreme greediness and selfishness. I, on the other hand, did feel some sympathy for Heidi's circumstances. She was in a totally diiferent culture with people she hardly knew. She clearly was confused and felt that perhaps her birth mother was only looking for financial assistance rather than love. Heidi was, quite possibly, wrong about her mother's intentions.Read more ›
It was easy to hate Heidi at first. She came off as an ignorant "ugly American". But the more I thought about it, I realized that she was much more complicated than that. She wasn't an infant who started her new life with a clean slate. She was SEVEN years old! That is more than old enough to have memories of her old life which must have made the abandonment and subsequent adoption even more traumatizing for her. Add the unloving adopted mother who didn't teach her anything about her culture and you have a young woman who's culturally ignorant and desperate to find a loving mother to take care of her like a little girl. I can see why the family's request was overwhelming for her.
I think the film exploited Heidi though. I think the film makers were so excited about having a "good story" that they were careless in preparing Heidi for the trip. The translator should have prepared Heidi and taught her more about the Vietnamese culture.
Does anyone have any updates on what happened to Ms. Bub? I wonder if she ever re-opened that door.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a hard film to review due to the complexities under the circumstances.
Daughter from Denang is riveting. End of story. Read more
I watched this movie and feel sorry for Heidi . I am a Vietnamese who understand our way of life . Heidi feelings were real, I can not blame her. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Q. Nguyen
First watched this movie last year, 2014 and watched it again 2015. When I first watched this film I was irritated at Hiep's the way she conducted herself. Read morePublished on August 17, 2014 by truthseek
Very popular DVD. I sell on Amazon and have to order more copies. Very engaging and informative. Good for all agesPublished on July 19, 2014 by doctork
The mother in this film saved her daughters life by sending her to America yet she cried like a spoiled brat when her Vietnamese family asked for help financially and said she... Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Queen Victoria"Victoria"
bought this for a mandatory class assignment. It was an alright film and easy to download and watch. It did the trick.Published on June 24, 2013 by Rachel Waite
Clearly Heidi has a lot of pain. It is heartbreaking. Truly.
But, after I watched it, I thought of what if I had to give up my daughter (who is about the same age Heidi... Read more
I had been hoping to watch an emotional happy end, and was shocked to see things turn out so bittersweet. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer