VRP panel planned for Berkeley Agent Orange conference

"Agent Orange: Personal Requiem" will be screened at 7PM, Oct. 28 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Masako Sakata)


Representatives of the Vietnam Reporting Project will discuss its award-winning coverage of the consequences of Agent Orange contamination in Vietnam at the upcoming conference “Agent Orange and Addressing the Legacy of the War in Vietnam.”

VRP Director Jon Funabiki,  editor De Tran and photographer Catherine Karnow will participate in the “Vietnam Reporting Project: The Power of the Media” panel as part of the two-day Rotary Peace conference, to be held Oct. 27-28 at the University of California, Berkeley.

Charles Bailey, Director of the Special Initiative on Agent Orange at the Aspen Institute, is scheduled to present the keynote address on Saturday morning. Other conference speakers include physicians, organizers, students and government officials involved in addressing the legacy of Agent Orange.

“We hope the conference will help raise awareness around the issues of Agent Orange and offer individuals ways to get involved in the campaign to eradicate Agent Orange in Vietnam and help those affected by the defoliant,” said to Phuong Quach, one of the conference organizers.

The conference begins with a Friday night film screening of “Agent Orange: A Personal Requiem.” The documentary follows filmmaker Masako Sakata as she travels to Vietnam to better understand Agent Orange, after her husband died from cancer believed to have been caused by his exposure to it. Following the screening, Sakata will speak about her experience making the film.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Ford Foundation, Rotary Club of Berkeley, Rotary Club of Oakland, Rotary Club of San Francisco, Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise, Rotary Peace Center and Active Voice. For additional information, please visit MakeAgentOrangeHistory.org.


Friday, October 28th, 7PM-9PM
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
Agent Orange: A Personal Requiem
A film screening and discussion with the filmmaker, Masako Sakata
Saturday, October 29th, 9AM-4PM
Clark Kerr Conference Center
2601 Warring St, Berkeley, CA
Keynote speakers, panel discussions and interactive media on Agent Orange.


$30 for the public and $7 for students. Registration includes lunch.

*Please be prepared to show a valid student ID.


About Steven Chin

Steven Chin is the web editor for the Vietnam Reporting Project and principal of MKmedia, a San Francisco Bay Area consulting firm that provides Web development, content and social media strategies to companies and nonprofit organizations.

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