AGENT ORANGE -- Moving toward healing a toxic legacy

De Tran Vietnam Reporting Project and Phuong Quach Active Voice describe projects under way to remediate the ongoing effects of the toxic herbicide sprayed by the U.S. military up through 1975. They speak with Vietnam veteran Doug Nelson and interviewer Julia Duperrault.

Under a program run by San Francisco State College's Renaissance Journalism Center, 15 top reporters and photographers are spending time in Vietnam learning about ongoing efforts to remediate the damage caused by Agent Orange. Editor De Tran reports that survivors and their relatives exhibit great dignity and optimism. He and Phuong Quach, who came to the U.S. as children, say Americans and Vietnamese Americans are all very welcome in Vietnam.

Doug Nelson says neither he nor the soldiers he served with in Vietnam would have wished such devastation on the Vietnamese people. De Tran, editor of VTimes and former editor of Viet Mercury, notes that in addition to the U.S. military, there are also Vietnamese civilians and former South Vietnamese soldiers in the United States still suffering effects of exposure to Agent Orange.


For additional information, see Make Agent Orange History
Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign