1043 – A Vietnamese disappointment

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Ngô Thanh Nhàn, the adjunct associate director of Temple’s Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society, plays a Đàn Tranh, it’s a traditional Vietnamese musical instrument. | QUANG DO / THE TEMPLE NEWS

Episode 1043 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature the opinion of an American of Vietnamese descent toward the Kens Burns and Lynn Novick epic documentary The Vietnam War. The opiner is Ngô Thanh Nhàn who came to America in 1968 as a student from his home town Saigon, South Vietnam. Today he serves as the adjunct associate director of Temple’s Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society.

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Spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam

He watched The Vietnam War with high hopes but came away from it disappointed. It was his wish that the program would accurately portray life in his home country and show how Vietnamese people were affected during the war. He said the documentary did not make viewers fully aware of the severity of the health problems caused by the toxic herbicide used by the United States during the war.

Because of his position at the university he chose not to speak out on the subject but he did feel an obligation to write about the subject. In an essay about the program he stated: “While the documentary mentions Agent Orange in passing several times, it neglects the devastating health consequences for both Vietnamese and U.S. people…from 1975 to the present. This is an issue that millions of families care about and is a crucial part of the process of reconciliation that the film extols.”

There was a story in The Temple News titled: Presenting the ‘facts’ of the Vietnam War by Amanda Lien that describes Ngô’s background  and what he is doing today in the area of seeking assistance for those who are suffering from the effects of the haphazard use of the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

Listen to episode 1043 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast and discover more about the curse our use of Agent Orange has brought upon millions of people regardless of their country of origin.


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