Before I did any work for Will’s story, I got the impression that his involvement in these protests were merely coincidental. That he was just some Vietnamese American who just so happened to stumble his way into the protests. I wanted to know what his motivations were.
The tech industry’s lack of gender and racial diversity is often a major discussion point every year at the Internet Freedom Festival.We talk to Gaba Rodriguez, who is a computer engineer working to build feminist infrastructures.
Quyên Ngô talks with Melanio Escobar of Humano Derecho Radio Estacion of Venezuela. They talk about what it’s like to broadcast a 24/7 mix of punk rock and human rights, often in the midst of a national crisis.
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.
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.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Đổi Mới, a series of economic reforms that changed Việt Nam from a centrally planned economy to what some describe as a “socialist-oriented free market” economy. These reforms changed a lot of things for a lot of people, and the generation born after Đổi Mới live lives that previous generations could barely dream of 30 years ago. Two women - Eliza Lomas and Fabiola Buchele - seek to understand their experiences. In their podcast series, “The Renovation Generation,” Lomas and Buchele share intimate conversations with post-Đổi Mới youth and draw sonic portraits of their lives and experiences.
Eliza Lomas and Fabiola Buchele are "On the Record" with Loa’s Stella Trần.