Accompanied by Tran Tuong Nhu, a Vietnamese-American journalist who acts as translator, Heidi, whose birth name was Mai Thi Hiep, seems eager to have the chance to discover her roots, especially since we discover her American childhood was no bed of roses and her adoptive mother advised her to forget her heritage in order to ensure a happy American life. Brainwashed by Oprah-esque pop psychology and the hope for "closure," Heidi can't wait for a few warm hugs from long-lost family members.
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