In this week’s A Look Inside, Loa's Chí-Linh Đinh explores the roots of Hanoi Pride, and how it frames the young - but bright - future of the queer community in Vietnam.
Human rights activist Nguyễn Văn Oai is on trial again, after having previously served four years in prison on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. Oai became a father while in prison awaiting trial. His wife Hồ Thị Linh Châu posted a letter to him on her Facebook page, just before he was originally due to appear in court.
Vietnamese authorities have sentenced yet another social activist to a lengthy prison term, continuing a spate of heavy-handed punishments against dissent. In a one-day trial, the People’s Court in Hà Nam province sentenced Trần Thị Nga to nine years in prison and five years of house arrest for “conducting propaganda against the State.”
Jade has been used for more than 7000 years already and 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. We explore 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 61-year-old blogger who writes about human rights, social justice, and corruption in Việt Nam, is on the record from Sài Gòn.
(Vietnamese original) Một giáo sư Việt Nam bị cấm giảng dạy, và một chút bản sắc Việt Nam cuối cùng cũng bị tước mất: quốc tịch Việt Nam của ông. Nhà bất đồng chính kiến Phạm Minh Hoàng năm nay 62 tuổi, là một người viết blog về nhân quyền, công lý, xã hội và nạn tham nhũng tại Việt Nam. Ông đã trò chuyện từ Sài Gòn với phóng viên của Loa, Lilly Nguyễn.
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc is visiting the United States this week to meet with Donald Trump. Hà Nội wants to show that its human rights records has progressed and it is eager to deepen its ties with America. But what are its real motives and ambitions for this visit? And what should America know about Việt Nam's human rights situation before making any decisions?
Reporter Trần Minh Nhật gives his outlook on the current news.
Walk down any street in Việt Nam or step into any Vietnamese restaurant in the world and you can’t miss the aroma of phở filled with ginger, star anise, and of course that hint of nước mắm - fish sauce. The go-to dish for everything from heartache to hangover, phở is more than just a noodle soup -- it represents the heart and soul of Vietnamese cooking. Loa’s Jenny Lý and Lilly Nguyễn chat about all things phở.
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.
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.
How much can words - and photos - be twisted through interpretation, propaganda, and history? In 1972, Nick Út, a photographer for the Associated Press, took a picture that changed the course of his life, as well as the life of Phan Thị Kim Phúc, the young girl in that photo. Now, 45 years after the iconic photo was captured, and 42 years after the end of the war, Nick Út has retired from his career as an AP photojournalist. In Episode 71, he goes On the Record with Loa's Quyên Ngô about the lessons he's learned as a war photographer, and not just as the man behind a photo.