First Name: Peter
Joined: July 22, 2009, 5:30 pm
Last Active: July 29, 2009, 12:05 pm
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About Me:

I am an Auckland journalist whose father, a Hamilton GP, worked (as a physician) with the NZ Medical team at Qui Nhon in Binh Dinh province in 1967. Thirty years later, as the recipient of a travel fellowship from the Asia2000 Foundation (now the Asia New Zealand Foundation), I visited Vietnam and went to Qui Nhon on a sentimental search for any trace of my father. I documented this in a piece for the NZ Herald in January 1998. Alas, I came across no institutional memory of him - the communist takeover created a caesura across the national memory since most of the educated class who would have known him were killed or re-educated - but it was a moving undertaking. The piece won a travel feature writing award in the Qantas Media Awards for 1998. My father died in 1984.

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