Tuesday, April 10, 2007

April 9, 2007: Vietnam, then and now: three perspectives

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Minh-Hoa Ta is Director of the Asian Pacific American Student Success Center. After fleeing Vietnam in 1978 Minh-Hoa returned in 1989. Since 2000 she has been regularly visiting Vietnam and taking groups of students and friends.
Tony Luong is an artist and writer who is rediscovering the land of his birth from an American perspective.
Steve Morse is a former Vietnam war veteran and war resister who returned to Vietnam in 2006 for the first time since the war ended.

Background information:
Learn more about the tours and Minh-Hoa's work: www.ccsf.edu/apass - select "Study Tour"
Tony Luong's writing: "AS IS: A collection of visual and literary Works from Vietnamese American artists" available from Amazon.com and "Yellow Journal" - free from SF State Asian American Study Department.
GI Rights Hotline - 1800-394-9544
Search online for "Friendship Village" to learn more about efforts at reconciliation by Vietnam vets in Vietnam.

Recent news about Agent Orange (AO):
The Koran Vietnam vets, victims of AO, have established two branch offices in Vietnam, one in Hanoi and one in HCM City,
The Vietnam Association for Victims of AO/Dioxin in Vietnam is on a trip to South Korea today... Reported by Joong Ang Daily.
Learn more on the Vietnam Relief and Responsibility Campaign website.

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