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Caption: Ve Nguyen is one of three fishers who have filed test claims for subsistence loss., Credit: Barry Yeoman
Image by: Barry Yeoman 
Ve Nguyen is one of three fishers who have filed test claims for subsistence loss. 

Vietnamese Fishermen Search for the Monetary Value of a Lost Culture

From: Richard Ziglar
Series: GulfWatch: Stories about the ongoing effects of the BP Oil Spill from KRVS
Length: 05:45

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Kenneth Feinberg, the Boston attorney in charge of reviewing claims for the BP oil spill, says he expects to start paying interim and final claims later this month. But as Louisiana’s Vietnamese-American fishing community has learned, some losses are harder to quantify than others—especially when what’s at stake is a way of life. Barry Yeoman reports.

Ve_nguyen_small Kenneth Feinberg, the Boston attorney in charge of reviewing claims for the BP oil spill, says he expects to start paying interim and final claims later this month. But as Louisiana’s Vietnamese-American fishing community has learned, some losses are harder to quantify than others—especially when what’s at stake is a way of life. Barry Yeoman reports.

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Broadcast History

First air date on KRVS-FM (Lafayette, LA): February 16, 2011.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Kenneth Feinberg, the Boston attorney in charge of reviewing claims for the BP oil spill, says he expects to start paying interim and final claims later this month. But as Louisiana’s Vietnamese-American fishing community has learned, some losses are harder to quantify than others—especially when what’s at stake is a way of life. Barry Yeoman reports.

OUTRO:

According to May Nguyen, Ve Nguyen had still not received compensation for his subsistence claims by the summer of 2010--despite earlier promises from Feinberg that they would be paid in full.

This broadcast was made possible by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in support of a reporting initiative called GulfWatch. GulfWatch, which examines the ongoing effects of the BP oil spill, is managed by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. You can find this and other stories at publicmediaexchange.org.

Additional Credits

Funding for this series comes from KRVS-FM as made available by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This grant, in support of the local reporting initiative called GulfWatch, is managed by Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

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