• Short Summary

    THE GROWING NUMBER OF ILLEGITIMATE "AMERASIAN" CHILDREN, WHOSE AMERICAN SERVICEMEN FATHERS HAVE NEARLY ALL DESERTED THE THAI MOTHERS, REPRESENTS A SERIOUS HUMAN AND SOCIAL PROBLEM.

  • Description

    THE GROWING NUMBER OF ILLEGITIMATE "AMERASIAN" CHILDREN, WHOSE AMERICAN SERVICEMEN FATHERS HAVE NEARLY ALL DESERTED THE THAI MOTHERS, REPRESENTS A SERIOUS HUMAN AND SOCIAL PROBLEM.

    THE PEARL S. BUCK FOUNDATION (U.S. CHARITABLE ORGANISATION UNDER THE ACTIVE PATRONAGE OF THE FAMOUS AMERICAN AUTHORESS), PROVIDES MEDICAL CARE AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO YOUNG AMERICANS IN NEED, AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND GUIDANCE FOR THEIR MOTHERS, SOME OF WHOM WERE AMERICAN SERVICEMEN'S "HIRED WIVES" WHILE OTHERS WORK IN NIGHT-CLUBS AND MASSAGE PARLOURS.

    THE PEARL S. BUCK FOUNDATION CARES FOR JUST OVER 100 AMERASIAN CHILDREN AND BABIES. THE SURVEY CARRIED OUT BY THE FOUNDATION EARLY LAST YEAR (IN CONJUNCTION WITH THAILAND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE) LED TO AN ESTIMATE OF WELL OVER 1,200 AMERASIAN CHILDREN; OVER 400 CASE HISTORIES WERE COMPILED. IT WAS FOUND THAT THREE TIMES THE NUMBER OF EXISTING AMERASIAN BABIES WERE EXPECTED TO BE BORN SHORTLY; THAT THEIR MOTHERS WERE USUALLY OUTCASTS FROM THAI SOCIETY; THAT OVER 90% OF THE CHILDREN LIVED IN POOR CONDITIONS; THAT LESS THAN A QUARTER OF THE MOTHERS WERE LIVING WITH THE AMERICAN SERVICEMEN FATHERS, OF WHOM ABOUT A QUARTER WERE NEGROES; THAT ONLY SOME 2% OF THE FATHERS SENT MONEY TO SUPPORT THE CHILDREN; AND THAT 30 PER CENT OF THE MOTHERS HAD MORE THAN ONE AMERASIAN CHILD.

    THE PEARL S. BUCK FOUNDATION NOT ONLY PAYS OUT MONETARY SUPPORT TO JUST OVER 100 AMERASIAN CHILDREN, BUT HAS ALSO OBTAINED FACILITIES FOR A WEEKLY CLINIC SESSION FROM THE BANGKOK MUNICIPAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES AND PAYS SCHOOL FEES FOR THOSE NEEDING EDUCATIONAL HELP. AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROGRAMME IS THE REHABILITATION OF THE MOTHERS; COURSES ARE RUN IN TYPING, ENGLISH AND SEWING, AND GUIDANCE IS GIVEN ON CHILD CARE AND BIRTH CONTROL (THE LATTER IN CO-OPERATION WITH THAILAND'S MINISTRY OF HEALTH). COMMITTEES OF LOCAL VOLUNTARY SOCIAL WORKERS - THAI, EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN - HAVE BEEN FORMED TO SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION'S EFFORTS. ONE OF THEM, THE "EDUCATION COMMITTEE" HAS, AMONG OTHER ACTIVITIES, ORGANISED INSTRUCTION IN MAKING THAI SILK FLOWERS FOR SALE AT A NEW YORK BENEFIT BALL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAQZPXTR26PTHN4ISNMRDI3I6O
    Media URN:
    VLVAQZPXTR26PTHN4ISNMRDI3I6O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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