Vietnam Revisited

 

By Thuy Vu

A CBS5 Special Report

Vietnam Reporting Project fellow Thuy Vu, an Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter for CBS5, recently returned to her homeland of Vietnam to take an in-depth look at the impact of Agent Orange. This CBS5 Special Report explores the ongoing health impact of Agent Orange, the toxin used by the US military to defoliate the jungles of Vietnam. The half-hour report aired several times in January 2011.

During the Vietnam War, US military forces dumped more than 20 million gallons of the dioxin-contaminated defoliant on Vietnam’s jungles, affecting the country’s people and the soldiers who fought alongside American troops. Many scientists and health experts suspect that the toxin is responsible for cancers, deformities and disabilities. And, while American soldiers have received care for their Agent Orange-related issues, the Vietnamese feel they’ve been abandoned by the US government.

Editor’s Note: “Vietnam Revisited” has received numerous journalism awards. Read more.

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About Thuy Vu

Thuy Vu is a three-time Emmy award winner who is currently a co-host on "Eye on the Bay," a CBS5 evening magazine program. Previously she reported for the weekday 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts. Thuy joined the station in December 2005, based in the San Jose bureau. Prior to participating in the Vietnam Reporting Project, she had returned twice to her homeland of Vietnam for special reports on the country's political and economic changes since the Vietnam War. Thuy won Emmy and Associated Press awards for a report on the 30th anniversary of the first Operation Babylift flight rescuing orphans right before Saigon fell to the communists.

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