Renaissance Journalism Center's Thuy Vu Writes About Ongoing U.S.-Vietnam Reconciliation Process

August 1, 2013

KQED NEWS FIX -- Even as the two countries look to the future, the war’s legacy continues to loom. Dioxin from the 20 million gallons of Agent Orange sprayed by U.S. forces to defoliate jungles that provided cover to communist forces still needs to be cleaned up. Many health experts believe the toxic chemical has caused birth deformities, cancers and other disabilities among Vietnamese as well as Americans who are Vietnam War veterans. The problems were extensively documented in 2010 by the Vietnam Reporting Project, a joint program of the Ford Foundation and San Francisco State University’s Renaissance Journalism Center. I was one of 15 journalists from across the U.S. who traveled to Vietnam to provide reports from the ground.