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K. Oanh Ha

K. Oanh Ha

K. Oanh Ha has reported on Asian American issues and Asia for the last decade. She came to KQED Radio from the San Jose Mercury News, where she was the paper's Asia Pacific correspondent. Her work included coverage of the economic rise of Vietnam and China, as well as of dissident movements in both countries. Her stories also explored the impact of globalization and the connections between Asia and America -- from venture capital to Korean hip hop to Japanese toilets.

Oanh began her journalism career as a business reporter, covering technology and tech culture as well as small and minority businesses. An investigative series she co-authored about Asian immigrants illegally assembling computer products in their homes for top Silicon Valley firms led to a federal investigation and compensation for the workers.

Her stories have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The Orange County Register, and a college English textbook. She has received awards from the Associated Press News Executives Council, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Peninsula Press Club, and was chosen for several fellowships related to Asia.

Oanh was born in Vietnam and speaks Vietnamese and Spanish. She is a graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in English and American Literature and participated in a study exchange program at the Universidad de Alcala de Henares in Madrid, Spain.

Stories (94 archives)

The California Report | Nov 24, 2010 8:50 AM
A Haunted Landscape

35 years after the war in Vietnam ended, the chemical Agent Orange still pervades the soil of the South East Asian nation. We look at the efforts to clean-up the contamination that lingers in the land and people of Vietnam.

The California Report | Nov 23, 2010 8:50 AM
The Scars of Agent Orange

Vietnam says more than 3 million people suffer from disabilities and cancers because of Agent Orange. We travel to Vietnam to explore the plight of America's former allies.

The California Report | Nov 22, 2010 8:50 AM
Speaking Out After Decades of Silence

California is home to many Vietnamese-Americans who fought for the U.S. during the Vietnam war. Over time, these soldiers developed cancers because of their exposure to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange. But while American-born vets can get medical care and disability compensation for their Agent Orange-related illnesses, America's former allies get no veterans' benefits.

The California Report | Jul 13, 2010 8:50 AM
Taking Education Funding Problems to Court

As the budget crisis ripples through the state's school districts, painful cuts in staffing and services are prompting lawsuits. A group representing thousands of low-income and minority students filed suit against the state yesterday. It's the second lawsuit of its kind filed this year.

The California Report | Jun 28, 2010 8:50 AM
New Protections in Foreclosure Debated

This week, the state Assembly will debate a bill to give more protections to Californians whose homes fall into foreclosure. The bill would prevent lenders from going after borrowers for the full amount of loans if their property values are underwater.

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