A Wife’s Letter, on the Eve of Her Husband’s Trial

A Wife’s Letter, on the Eve of Her Husband’s Trial

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. 

Việt Nam Social Rights Advocate Sentenced to 9 Years for “Propaganda”

Việt Nam Social Rights Advocate Sentenced to 9 Years for “Propaganda”

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.”

Lụa and Loan, Two Asylum Seekers Rejected by Australia

Lụa and Loan, Two Asylum Seekers Rejected by Australia

Reporter 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 fhow several attempts to flee Việt Nam for Australia led them instead to a detention center in Indonesia.

Videographer of Anti-Formosa Protests Charged With "Propaganda"

Videographer of Anti-Formosa Protests Charged With "Propaganda"

[VIDEO] Video journalist Nguyên Văn Hoá captured drone footage of protests against the Formosa steel plant in Hà Tĩnh, Việt Nam, the company at the source of a massive fish kill in 2016. He is now charged with conducting propaganda against the state.

Vietnamese Blogger Phạm Minh Hoàng: “I Cannot Be Stripped of My Citizenship”

 Vietnamese Blogger Phạm Minh Hoàng: “I Cannot Be Stripped of My Citizenship”

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.

Blogger Phạm Minh Hoàng: "Tôi Không Thể Nào Bị Tước Quốc Tịch"

Blogger Phạm Minh Hoàng: "Tôi Không Thể Nào Bị Tước Quốc Tịch"

(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.

Why Hà Nội Still Pretends to Care

Why Hà Nội Still Pretends to Care

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.

Phở: Việt Nam’s ‘Democratic’ Dish

Phở: Việt Nam’s ‘Democratic’ Dish

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.

Lefties Get Left Out...But Why?

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.

On The Record with Quyên Lưu, One of Việt Nam’s Emerging Young Leaders

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.

Nick Út on How Photography Shaped Narratives of the Việt Nam War

Nick Út on How Photography Shaped Narratives of the Việt Nam War

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.