Dien Luong : 55 Years After Agent Orange Was Used In Vietnam, One Of Its Creators Is Thriving Here

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55 Years After Agent Orange Was Used In Vietnam, One Of Its Creators Is Thriving Here

Monsanto is expanding in a country it once helped destroy.

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam ― Fifty-five years ago this month, the U.S. Army began spraying millions of gallons of the toxic defoliant known as Agent Orange over large swaths of southern Vietnam. Today, however, instead of resentment and isolation from the U.S., the country is awash with Americanophilia.

Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of the U.S.-backed regime under the name of Saigon, is now teeming with McDonald’s and Starbucks businesses. The present economic hub of Vietnam also boasts an increase in Apple stores, which see their clientele anxiously waiting for the debut of the latest iPhones and are often considered by many here as an emblem of chic Americanization. And with a large portion of the population of more than 90 million born after 1975 (the year the war ended), the masses tend to look forward to the future rather than dwell on the bitter past with the Americans.

But this Americanization and what it ushers in, including the expansion of companies like biotech giant Monsanto, risks burying the history of Agent Orange that is alleged to have resulted in the deaths and injuries of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese.

Lire la suite : Huffington Post, 30/08/2016.

 



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indomemoires (2016, 31 août). Dien Luong : 55 Years After Agent Orange Was Used In Vietnam, One Of Its Creators Is Thriving Here. Mémoires d'Indochine. Consulté le 15 juin 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/q5oj