I was serving in the RAAF during the latter years of the Vietnam War and vividly remember the bail out by the Americans 30 years ago last month.
I also remember the many (often colourful) characters from the many sides, including South Vietnam's last foreign minister, Charles Tran Van Lam.
So it was with interest that I watched the documentary “All Points of the Compass” which told the story of the Lam children who, during the war, had been sent to many different countries to be educated. Following the fall of Saigon the family did not return to Vietnam but stayed on to make a new life in the countries in which they were studying.
Therese Tran Van Lam settled in Australia with her parents who opened a restaurant in Canberra. She now works for the ABC in Sydney and was instrumental in the documentary being made – based on a collection of home movies made by her father.
Therese is married to Peter Miller – well known in the event industry as a corporate MC.
This got me thinking about “degrees of separation” and how those of us who know Peter are within six degrees of separation of George W Bush.
Me – Peter – Therese – Charles Tran Van Lam – Richard Nixon (with whom Charles negotiated) – George Bush Snr – George Dubya.
Scary isn’t it?
Peter and Therese have collated media stories about the documentary on his website – worth a read.
All Points of the Compass