Posts tagged “Agent Orange”

  • Fred Wilcox on the Legacy of Agent Orange

    August 8, 2013

    August 10th is the official Day to Commemorate Agent Orange Victims. In honor, Fred Wilcox, author of Scorched Earth and Waiting for an Army to Die, spoke on radio program Making Contact. 

    Click here to listen!

    Wilcox has been researching, writing about, and teaching courses on the Vietnam War for the past thirty years. An Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate, he has published articles on chemical warfare, environmental activism, mental health, trauma, and addiction, and has appeared on 100+ radio and television programs as a trusted authority among veterans and academics alike on the Vietnam War and its aftereffects. He is the author of Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange andScorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam. He currently teaches at Ithaca College.

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  • NYC Screening of Agent Orange Documentary: “The Tale of An Phuc House”

    June 17, 2013

    UPDATE: The Tale of An Phuc House won Best Documentary!

    The Tale of An Phuc House, a powerful documentary about Vietnamese Agent Orange victims, has been nominated for Best Documentary at the New York City International Film Festival (June 13-20).

    The Tale of An Phuc House is a powerful glimpse into the everyNYCIFF logoday lives of twenty disabled children – third generation victims of the Agent Orange warfare that occurred during the Vietnam War (1963-1973). An inspirational video tale about pride, dignity and love;  a story of a man who dedicates his life to the well-being of his adopted family;  a story of twenty exceptional young adults, whose disabilities brought them together under one roof; a story about ordinary people living  extraordinary lives despite their unfortunate physical conditions.”–thetaleofanphuchouse.com

    The documentary will be screened at the Producer’s Club Theater at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17. Produced by Canada’s Babel Entertainment in association with Vietnam’s Crea-TV, and directed by Ivan Tankushev, it competes with four other documentaries for the coveted title.

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  • Today is the 51st anniversary of the very first spraying of defoliants in Vietnam

    August 10, 2012

    “Forty years after the United States stopped spraying herbicides in the jungles of Southeast Asia in the hopes of denying cover to Vietcong fighters and North Vietnamese troops, an air base here is one of about two dozen former American sites that remain polluted with an especially toxic strain of dioxin, the chemical contaminant in Agent Orange that has been linked to cancers, birth defects and other diseases.

    On Thursday, after years of rebuffing Vietnamese requests for assistance in a cleanup, the United States inaugurated its first major effort to address the environmental effects of the long war.”

    To read the entire article in The New York Times click here.

    Accomplished author, activist and Vietnam War scholar Fred Wilcox offers a full perspective on the issue with two books including a reissue of his critically acclaimed book on the effects of Agent Orange on Veterans, Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange, and a new(er) book about its effects on the Vietnamese titled Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam (September 13, 2011).

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