In our last modern refugee story, Loa’s Kathy Triệu shared with us how Thủy Nguyễn, a savvy millennial, fled persecution in Việt Nam for freedom in the United States. This time, Kathy is back with another modern refugee story -- one that chronicles the journey of two strong-willed Vietnamese mothers, Trần Thì Lụa and Trần Thì Thanh Loan. They recount for us, how several attempts to flee Việt Nam for Australia led them instead to an immigration detention center in Indonesia.
Published July 19, 2017.
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.
Published June 5, 2017.
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 learned out of the blue earlier this month that Việt Nam’s president had decided to take away his citizenship. The 62-year-old is a prominent blogger who writes about human rights, social justice, and corruption in Việt Nam. He’s a member of the pro-democracy party Việt Tân -- Loa is a project of Việt Tân. Hoàng, who holds dual French-Vietnamese citizenship, is now at risk of being exiled to France at any moment. In this episode, he goes On The Record from Sài Gòn with Loa’s contributing reporter Lilly Nguyễn.
Published June 19, 2017
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.
Air Date: June 5, 2017
What's in the broth? We're exploring Việt Nam's most iconic noodle soup dish.
And we're revisiting our piece on the urban myth surrounding MSG -- the controversial stuff that sometimes goes in the broth
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.
Published May 9, 2017.
Through the Lens: Nick Út on the Narratives and Photography of the Việt Nam War
Quyên Ngô chats with Nick Út, Pullitzer prize-winning Associated Press Photojournalist of "Napalm Girl" fame, 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 Vietnam’s big headlines this month.
Published April 27, 2017
In episode 69, we catch up with Mong Palatino, Southeast Asia Editor of Global Voices, and Jonathan McCully, Legal Officer at the Media Legal Defence Initiative at the Internet Freedom Festival to discuss "Best Practices for Activists" -- more specifically, resources for activists in Việt Nam.
This is the second of two segments filmed and recorded at the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain. Loa led training sessions on podcasting at this gathering of technologists, journalists, activists, and civil society actors.
Episode 69. Air date: March 20, 2017
The Loa team spent a week in Valencia, Spain at the Internet Freedom Festival -- a gathering of technologists, journalists, activists, and civil society actors. But before the start of the festival, the first ever Vietnam Cyber Dialogue (VCD) took place. We sat down with VCD organizer (and Loa co-editor) Trinh Nguyễn, along with Ella Gancarz of The 88 Project to chat about this special event focused on improving access to information and greater freedom of expression in Vietnam.
Episode 68. Air date: March 20, 2017
What happened in Việt Nam this February? We've got you covered in our February News Review.
And: Food safety has always been an issue of concern. Now, after the fish crisis, the concerns have heightened.
Air Date: February 28, 2017