We asked: How is the Vietnam War still affecting you?

The effects of war are far reaching and long lasting. And the damage inflicted by a war as brutal, abusive and politically fraught as the 20-year conflict in Vietnam, which ended in 1975, still shows strongly in veterans on all sides, their families, people living in and originating from the southeastern Asian region, and wartime politics in the United States.

The Vietnam War,” the new PBS documentary series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, features nearly 80 witnesses from all sides of the conflict to explore its human dimensions. WHYY hosted a series of public events relating to the documentary, and we asked attendees to tell us about how the Vietnam War is still affecting them today. Watch their responses in the video above.

On Sept. 9, at a preview screening of the series at the Asian Arts Initiative, Vietnamese-American artist and poet Bao Phi read from his recently published book “Thousand Star Hotel.”

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On Sept. 12, WHYY’s “Radio Times,” in partnership with the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Veterans National Education Program, hosted a preview screening at the new Museum of the American Revolution with Marty Moss-Coane. Listen to the program as it was broadcast later that week.

And on Oct. 12, WHYY’s Laura Benshoff moderated a discussion with series director Lynn Novick and Philly-area individuals featured in the film.

WHYY members have extended on-demand access to “The Vietnam War” via WHYY Passport through the end of 2017.


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