Mr. Nguyen DinhHuu is also affectionately known as Uncle or “Bac” Huu. His vision constantly guides us as we continue to make his goal of the protection and care of vulnerable children a reality. For over 25 years, BacHuu assisted vulnerable children in the United States, refugee camps in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, and now in central Vietnam. In refugee camps, he saw the terrible conditions under which unaccompanied minors were living, and saw how badly they fared when thousands of them were repatriated to Vietnam. This inspired him to set up projects for their assistance, including our highly successful shelter in the XuanPhu neighborhood of Hue City in central Vietnam. His self-less dedication and fervent belief that the children should be treated “as if they were our own” are the compass needle which steers our Board, staff and volunteers in the right direction in the face of adversity, whether it be in the form of fundraising challenges or dealing with red tape at the local or regional levels.
Co-Founder and former Chairman of the Board James M. Freeman, (Ph.D. Harvard) was Chair of the Board of Directors of Friends of Hue Foundation from 2000-2006. He is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at San Jose State University, a former Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, winner of an American Book Award for Hearts of Sorrow: Vietnamese-American Lives, and co-author, with FHF Founder Nguyen DinhHuu, of Voices from the Camps: Vietnamese Children Seeking Asylum, which describes their assistance activities for unaccompanied minor children.