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Agent Orange: A Tool of Warfare

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The Forgotten Ones: A Legacy of Agent Orange

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The California Report | Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010, 8:50 AM

A Haunted Landscape

35 years after the war in Vietnam ended, the chemical Agent Orange still pervades the soil of the South East Asian nation. We look at the efforts to clean-up the contamination that lingers in the land and people of Vietnam.

The California Report | Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Scars of Agent Orange

Vietnam says more than 3 million people suffer from disabilities and cancers because of Agent Orange. We travel to Vietnam to explore the plight of America's former allies.

The California Report | Monday, Nov 22, 2010, 8:50 AM

Speaking Out After Decades of Silence

California is home to many Vietnamese-Americans who fought for the U.S. during the Vietnam war. Over time, these soldiers developed cancers because of their exposure to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange. But while American-born vets can get medical care and disability compensation for their Agent Orange-related illnesses, America's former allies get no veterans' benefits.


About This Series

The Forgotten Ones: A Legacy of Agent Orange is made possible through a fellowship from the Renaissance Journalism Center at San Francisco State University. The Center's Vietnam Reporting Project is a collaboration with Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy for reporting on the health and environmental consequences of Agent Orange contamination in Vietnam. The project strives to raise public awareness, spark national conversation, and stimulate problem-solving on this complex and little-understood legacy of the Vietnam War.

Reporter K. Oanh Ha received one of 15 international fellowships, allowing her to travel to Vietnam to find out how Agent Orange is affecting the land, and the health of former South Vietnamese soldiers and their families. Kat Snow edited the series.

The Vietnam Reporting Project is funded by the Ford Foundation.

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