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.
If you find yourself in Việt Nam and don’t speak a lick of Vietnamese...try English! It has surpassed French and Russian as a popular choice for foreign language. Việt Nam is trying to keep pace with globalization. People are encouraged to learn foreign languages, especially English. Loa's Duyên Bùi takes "A Look Inside" at how English is learned and taught at one charity in Việt Nam.
Solitary Envoi is Loa's segment featuring written works from behind prison walls. A year ago this month, a short letter from prisoner of conscience Đặng Xuân Diệu was snuck out of his jail cell. Diệu is currently serving a 13-year sentence on charges of subversion due to his activism. His message gives the outside world a peek into his psyche as he endures extreme conditions of mistreatment. Loa’s Quyên Ngô reads an English translation of the letter.