World Affairs

Vietnamese react to publication of “From Enemies to Partners- Vietnam, the U.S. and Agent Orange”

October 5, 2018  • The Agent Orange in Vietnam Program

The Vietnam book tour began with a formal launch of the Vietnamese edition of From Enemies to Partners at the National Library in Hanoi on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

Among the most acclaimed recognition of the book tour came in the form of a letter from the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pham Binh Minh. He praised the authors and recognized their contributions in advocating and promoting  collaboration to overcome the consequences of Agent Orange.

The Hanoi launch opened with a speech by Trần Đoàn Lâm, Director, World Publishing House, the principal publisher of foreign origin and foreign language books in Vietnam including the publication of the Vietnamese edition of From Enemies to Partners Following remarks from the authors, Dr. Le Ke Son and Dr. Charles R. Bailey, Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh, vice minister of foreign affairs and former Vietnamese ambassador to the U.S. and Molly Stephenson, public affairs counselor from the American embassy also spoke. See Charles Bailey’s remarks at the Hanoi launch event.

The authors spent four years interviewing officials and scientists in both Vietnam and the U.S. and reviewed all the principal documents and books on Agent Orange in Vietnam. From Enemies to Partners presents what’s known on this subject. Equally important, the book proposes what the two governments need to do to bring this legacy of the war to a proper end.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the authors presented at a second event in Book Street Nguyen Van Binh, Ho Chi Minh City. Speakers included Madame Ton Nu Thi Ninh, formerly the Vietnamese co-chair of the Aspen-supported U.S. Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/ Dioxin, Tim Liston, Principal Deputy Officer from the U.S. Consulate Ho Chi Minh City. Music and Introductions by Vo Thi Hoang Yen, Director of Vietnam’s leading disabilities advocacy group and winner of the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award for her social justice leadership. See a copy of Charles Bailey’s speech at the Book Street event.

The final event was a presentation at the Foreign Service Center in Da Nang. See Charles Bailey’s remarks in Da Nang.

See more on the local coverage and press the book is receiving in Vietnam.