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VIET Fellows Gathering at Agent Orange and Addressing the Legacy of War in Vietnam Conference.

VIET Fellows Gathering at Agent Orange and Addressing the Legacy of War in Vietnam Conference.

The VIET Fellows convened this passed weekend to observe and participate in the Agent Orange and Addressing the Legacy of War in Vietnam Conference.  This was the first time that many of the 2010 fellows have been able to reunite, and also the first time both cohorts were able to meet.

Together, as almost a full group, we were able to attend the screening of Masako Sakata’s “Agent Orange: A Personal Requiem,” on Friday after a wonderful reception at the David Brower Center.

Saturday’s activities included observations of numerous panels at the conference. VIET Fellow Dat Phan shared a panel with Dan Seigel and spoke about U.C Berkeley’s history of activism in the midst of war. VIET Fellows Dan Huynh and Janet Chu sat on the Non-profits Addressing Agent Orange panel along with Nancy Letteri (Executive Director for Children of Vietnam) and John Nguyen (Development Officer for East Meets West) and talked about the work currently being carried fourth by organizations prioritizing needs of people and children living with disabilities.   The night ended with a wonderful dinner where we honored by a visit from Dr. Charles Bailey, Ambassador Ngo Quang Xuan, his daughter Ngo Lan, and Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong of Tu Du Hospital.

Sunday was programmatic time, where a VIET Fellows meeting was held at the AAPIP office. Although our time was short, we were able to reflect about where we are now as individual fellows, and seeded the discussion for the program’s potential  now as a group of 25 inspiring VIET Fellows.

Below is a short video of our gathering:

 

 

 

 

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