The Forgotten Ones

By K. Oanh Ha

This series first aired on KQED’s The California Report from Nov. 22-24, 2010.

Speaking Out After Decades of Silence

Speaking Out, by K. Oanh HaCalifornia is home to many Vietnamese Americans who fought for the U.S. during the Vietnam war. 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.

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The Scars of Agent Orange

The Scars of Agent Orange, by K. Oanh HaIn the decade from 1961 to 1971, the U.S. military sprayed a total of 12.5 million gallons of dioxin-laced chemicals over Vietnam. Vietnam says more than 3 million people suffer from disabilities and cancers because of Agent Orange. We explore the plight of America’s former allies.

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A Haunted Landscape

A Haunted Landscape, by K. Oanh HaThirty-five years after the war in Vietnam ended, the chemical Agent Orange still pervades the soil of the Southeast Asian nation. In many places, the land remains scarred. We look at the efforts to clean-up the contamination that lingers in the land and people of Vietnam.

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About K. Oanh Ha

K. Oanh Ha has reported on Asian American issues and Asia for the last decade. She came to KQED Radio from the San Jose Mercury News, where she was the paper's Asia Pacific correspondent. Her work included coverage of the economic rise of Vietnam and China, as well as of dissident movements in both countries. Her stories also explored the impact of globalization and the connections between Asia and America—from venture capital to Korean hip-hop to Japanese toilets. She is currently a reporter and Vietnam bureau chief, based in Hanoi, for Bloomberg News.

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