Robert (Bert) Ballard, Ph.D., is a Vietnamese adoptee evacuated during Operation Babylift in 1975. He is an associate professor at Pepperdine University in communication where he uses narrative to study adoptee identity. He has published two books and is an internationally sought out speaker on inter-country adoption. He attends Conejo Valley Church of Christ and also has a video on Buzzfeed playing Detroit Become Human (just Google it!).
Journey’s 1980s hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” is a refrain that often played in my mind growing up. But I related more to the small-town girl rather than the city boy, so I changed the gender pronouns.