Vietnam war

Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon / U.S. Air Force

A small piece of forgotten history is being remembered today in the Asia Pacific. It’s a story that involves New Zealanders, Australians, and the Vietnam War.


Climate Change and Migration in the Pacific; Marshallese Clothing Mat; Surfing During the Vietnam War; Mission House Museum Candlelit Tour

California Surf Museum

In the early years of the Vietnam War a cultural revolution was underway on the West Coast of the United States. It wasn't women's liberation or the counterculture. It was the Shortboard Revolution. As the modern sport of surfing was taking shape, many of its earliest adopters were being sent to war the jungles of Vietnam.

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As you’ve heard on NPR, President Trump announced plans this week to withdraw from a nuclear weapons treaty that President Ronald Reagan signed with the Soviet Union in 1987. One argument is that China is not party to the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Agreement, and, according to the New York Times, 95 percent of its rapidly growing arsenal of missiles falls into the intermediate range category. The U.S. may want to deploy equivalent missiles of its own to deter China, or to provide leverage for a new treaty, but it’s far from clear which, if any of the U.S. Allies in the western Pacific would agree to host them. In the meantime, there’s news of a previous effort to deploy U.S. nuclear weapons in the Asia-Pacific – in Vietnam in 1968.

The Conversation: Friday, September 15th, 2017

Sep 15, 2017
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Ala Wai Upgrades; Veterans Remember Vietnam; Peace Corps Memoir

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i will host a week-long national commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War next year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended one of the events leading up to that remembrance. 

South Korea’s highest court says two U.S. companies that produced Agent Orange should compensate dozens of Vietnam War veterans. The suit involves Dow Chemical and Monsanto—but what happens next is not clear. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.