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Trent University Professor Available to Comment on 30th Anniversary of the Vietnam War


Thursday, April 28, 2005, Peterborough

Dr. Van Nguyen-Marshall of Trent University's History department is available for comment on the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War – April 30, 2005.

Prof. Nguyen-Marshall grew up in Saigon, Vietnam during the war and today teaches Trent's fourth-year course on the Vietnam War. Her primary research focus is poverty and relief in French Colonial Vietnam, though she says study of the war is integral to the understanding of Vietnamese history.

Reflecting on the war, three decades later, Prof. Nguyen-Marshall says there remains a rift between Vietnamese populations in North America and the Vietnamese State. The two sides are still divided by the outcome of the war. Meanwhile, in Vietnam, babies continue to be born with severe deformities as a result of Agent Orange, and landmines continue to explode in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

"It (the war) still has an impact on peoples' lives today. It makes us pause to think about the enormously long impact of war. Yes, it ends on a certain day or year, but it goes on in many ways," she says.

Prof. Nguyen-Marshall is working to organize, and will be part, of an academic panel whose members will discuss the aftermath of the Vietnam war at the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Conference this fall at York University.


Prof. Nguyen-Marshall can be reached at 705-748-1011, ext. 5384 or via vannguyenmarshall@trentu.ca

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