Welcome to the Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) official Website.

AVI is a passionate and collaborative volunteer project with exciting updates being rolled out throughout 2019. We also ensure archival information of past activities and writings can be accessed, and have a regularly active social network FB group (weekly posts) and community page for people to keep in touch. Thank you for your understanding and good will.

Created and run by Vietnamese adoptees. Exploring, Connecting and Promoting the Voices of Our Community


Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) is now almost 20 years old (on April 2020) and is tirelessly dedicated to providing opportunities for adopted Vietnamese to explore our community and history together and to connect with each other. AVI was launched in April 2000 on the 25th anniversary of end the Viet Nam War.  AVI is a volunteer network that is dedicated to Vietnamese adoptees from past generations to today.  The first main generation were adopted before, during or in connection with the Viet Nam War or its mass exodus that directly resulted. Generations that followed came with refugees arriving in the 1980s and in present times, through international agreements between various nations. AVI is based in Australia and has an international membership including individuals from the US, Canada, and European nations.

While we refer to ‘Viet adoptees’ as an umbrella term, our community also welcomes and includes a range of individuals from Vietnamese orphanages, foster care and those born in refugee boats, refugee processing/detention centres and 2nd Gen in state care who share experiences of migration and cross-racial and intercultural upbringings.  AVI also aims to promote our unique insights on adoption and build networks with the wider community made up of adoptive parents and birth parents, other trans-racial adoption communities, younger generations of adopted Vietnamese, general members of the Vietnamese Diaspora and other cultural communities.  The AVI website now mostly provides access to archives about a range of resources, creative projects, adoptee events and research.

Wishing you peace, respect and connection.

AVI Website Upgrades 2013, 2019 – 2020

The original AVI website was set up in 2000, and in keeping up with current technologies was refreshed with an updated website in 2013 while also making it easier to navigate and explore the wealth of information that we have collect for the past years. We are about to embark on a range of new updates in 2019 and 2020 in preparation for the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam War (and will do so again in 2025 for the 50th anniversary). We welcome suggestions and requests for information to be updated or removed, however we are also keen to preserve the historical nature of some of the stories and events where possible. Here are some suggestions:
– Personal reflections on adoption or a reunion with birth family or add a bio page.
– Photos that may be of relevance to existing AVI content (e.g. orphanage photos and even photos of orphanages now and then)
– Update or add a resource

Messages at the moment are best sent to our FB Community Page or FB Discussion Group.

We hope you enjoy the site and connecting with us on our social media!