Loa’s Kathy Triệu is back with another modern refugee story -- one that chronicles the journey of two strong-willed Vietnamese mothers, Trần Thị Lụa and Trần Thị Thanh Loan. They recount how several attempts to flee Việt Nam for Australia led them instead to a detention center in Indonesia.
Things To Know: Việt Nam News Roundup
Are you behind on the news? No worries. Loa's Nhụy Nguyễn has gathered a list of some of the headlines you may have missed.
Vietnamism: The Secrets of Jade
Jade has been used for more than 7000 years. It has a special meaning throughout Asia. Not only is it an artistic expression, it is also a recurring symbol in religion, philosophy and literature. In this week’s Vietnamism, Tiffany Lý explores the significance of the jade bracelet in Việt Nam and explains how to choose the perfect one for you.
A Vietnamese educator who has been prevented from teaching, now finds the last part of his identity stripped from him: His Vietnamese citizenship. Professor Phạm Minh Hoàng, a 62-year-old blogger who writes about human rights, social justice, and corruption in Việt Nam, is on the record from Sài Gòn with Loa’s contributing reporter Lilly Nguyễn.
One Vietnamese Central Committee member gets ousted, while another top leader goes to DC. If you’ve gotta catch up with the news, tune in for a roundup of headlines that’s got Vietnamese people abuzz.
A Look Inside Phở: Việt Nam's 'Democratic' Dish
What's in the broth? Loa's Jenny Lý and Lilly Nguyễn have a phở talk and explore Việt Nam's most iconic noodle soup dish. It's this week's "A Look Inside."
Vietnamism: Mythbusting MSG (Re-Run)
We're revisiting our piece on the urban myth surrounding MSG -- the controversial stuff that sometimes goes in the broth. Nguyễn Linh Chi breaks it all down in our "Vietnamism" segment.
On The Record With Quyên Lưu, One of Việt Nam’s Emerging Young Leaders
On May 4, the U.S. Department of State hosted its annual Emerging Young Leaders Award. Among the 10 award recipients was Quyên Lưu, a YouTube sensation and social advocate from Việt Nam.
Loa contributing reporter Nhựt Phó attended the award ceremony and spoke with Quyên about the origin story of Ếch Phu Hồ, her team's Youtube channel of cleverly narrated, controversial hand-drawn animations.
Vietnamism: Lefties Get Left Out...But Why?
Picture yourself holding a pen. Put that pen up to an imaginary piece of paper on an imaginary desk and pretend to start writing. Which hand did you use? The hand that you picked to write is your dominant hand, and the choice you make is called handedness. Most likely, you put up your right hand. A small percentage of you would have put up your left. If you are in an Asian country, let’s say Việt Nam, it would be an even smaller percentage.
So why is this? Loa’s Chí-Linh Đinh was wondering the same thing, so she tries get to the bottom of handedness in Việt Nam.
Through the Lens: Nick Út on the Narratives and Photography of the Việt Nam War
Quyên Ngô chats with Nick Út, one of the most famous Vietnamese photographers, as he reflects on the visual interpretation of war in Việt Nam, 42 years after its conclusion.
Rewind: Five News Stories to Know for April
Giang Nguyễn rounds up some of Việt Nam’s big headlines this month.
In our second vodcast from the Internet Freedom Festival, we speak to Jonathan McCully of the Media Legal Defence Initiative and Mong Palatino of Global Voices on the support systems (both media and legal) available to activists in Việt Nam and around the world.
IFF 2017 took place in Valencia, Spain and was the gathering place for internet freedom enthusiasts and activists.
In our first of two vodcasts from Valencia, Spain, we bring you the low-down on the first ever Việt Nam Cyber Dialogue, a gathering of Vietnamese activists, tech companies, journalists, and international rights organizations. We speak to Ella Gancarz of The 88 Projec and our very own editor & VCD organizer Trinh Nguyễn for the recap.
VCD kicked off the Internet Freedom Festival 201, a gathering of communities fighting online censorship and surveillance.
What happened in Việt Nam this February? From the Vietnamese woman linked to the death of Kim Jong Nam, to the protests against steel plant Formosa, we've got you covered in our February News Review. That's in our Things To Know segment. And: Food safety has always been an issue of concern. Now, after the Formosa-induced fish deaths, the concerns have heightened. It's our Look Inside this week.
Got game? We're covering the basketball scene in Việt Nam, as well as the flirting and romance culture.
Hoop Dreams in Việt Nam: A Look Inside the Rise of Basketball
Vietnamism - Flirty Flirty Time with Loa
This Lunar New Year, we are hanging out with the Kitchen Gods to understand the comedic relationship to the Vietnamese hearth and home.
And… It is the end of the month! That means it's time for a review of the news and stories you may have missed.
Reporter Jenny Lý takes a visit to a horoscope reader just in time for the Lunar New Year. Tune in for a deeper dive into the Vietnamese zodiac system, and decide for yourself whether you are a believer or nonbeliever. It's A Look Inside: What the Vietnamese Zodiac Can Tell You About Yourself.
We take a look back on the stories that shaped 2016.
Today on our episode: a tale of persecution, escape, and ultimately, refuge. And: dolls amidst the stark backdrop of a prison cell.
November was a month of many special events, from the election of the 45th President of the United States of America to the 2016 awards for the Việt Nam Human Rights Network. Loa's Quyên Ngô and Kalynh Ngô have the five headlines you need to know for the month of November.
In this episode, we learn about Marxism-Leninism in Vietnamese education, as well as the origins of the Vietnamese language.
October was a month of extreme events, from deadly flooding in the central region to the arrest of one of Việt Nam’s most prominent bloggers. Loa's Quyên Ngô has rounded up the news cycles to catch you up on the five things you need to know for this month of October.
An annual festival connects us with a world beyond the grave as spirits converge in central Việt Nam. And: a tale of escape, loss, and the afterlife.
Việt Nam as a country is very well known for what is called commodity coffee: beans exported in large batches to other countries for use in instant coffee brands and lower quality brews. In the last two years or so, a very small group of people are trying to change that image and usher in the reign of higher quality beans in Việt Nam. Loa’s Chí-Linh Đinh and Brian Lâm got together over a cup of Joe and talk about the third wave coffee movement happening in Việt Nam today.