Born in Viet Nam in 1970, My Huong Le was adopted to Australia in 1975. Unfortunately, due to complex circumstances surrounding her adoption, her experience of adoption was not positive. She began to search for her Vietnamese family in 1986, first making contact via letters. In 2004, she was reunited with her foster mother. Believing the woman she found to be her birth mother, My Huong relocated to live in Viet Nam. In March 2018, her legitimate birth mother and family, through various trials and tribulations, located My Huong and they were reunited. My Huong understands fully the complexities that can occur in search and reunions and embraces the power of DNA testing in light of her own personal story.
My Huong Le is currently the Vice-Director of Trung Tâm Bảo Trợ Trẻ Em Long Hải (Centre for Social Protection of Children Long Hai) and is also very much involved in the work of Trung Tâm Bảo Trợ Trẻ Em Vũng Tàu (Centre for Social Protection of Children Vung Tau). She is also the representative in Viet Nam for Hội Vì Trẻ Em Vùng Đồng Bằng (Association Pour les Enfants des Rizieres). My Huong is on the committee for Hội Nạn Nhân Chất Độc Da Cam/Dioxin in Ba Ria – Vung Tau (Viet Nam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin – VAVA).
My Huong has two children whom she adopted from Trung Tâm Bảo Trợ Trẻ Em Vũng Tàu through her work, and is therefore able to understand and be supportive of adoptive families.
Apart from My Huong’s passion in working with the under priviledged and orphaned children in Viet Nam, she also has a keen interest to support adult adoptees and assist them to return to Viet Nam. Over the years, she has assisted several in searching for their birth families. In January 2017, she was contracted by ISS Australia’s Intercounty Adoption Tracing and Reunification Service to carry out birth family searches for Australian intercountry adoptees from Viet Nam. She is one of few Vietnamese adoptees to return to Viet Nam and find her birth family then make the commitment to permanently reside in Viet Nam. Without her tireless energy and commitment, this service would not be possible.
My Huong has been involved in a number of documentaries involving intercountry adoption. Here are a few of those: