In our first episode of the 2018 season and coinciding with Loa’s third year anniversary, we feature our newest reporter Thúy Vi Cao. In this week's Vietnamism, she explores the meaning of “black” in Black April and examines all that colors our understanding of victory, tragedy, and trauma.

In Solitary Envoi, we re-visit a reading and interpretation of Tổ Quốc Gọi Tên, a poem about one’s love for the motherland. This segment is produced by Quyên Ngô and originally aired on our very first episode.

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We bring you the last of our series about the 2018 Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain. A gathering of technologists, activists, journalists, and civil society actors, the IFF brought together over 1,200 people from 130 countries for one week, March 5th to the 9th. This year’s attendees made up the most diverse edition to date.

Quyên Ngô talks to Melanio Escobar of Humano Derecho Radio Estacion of Venezuela.
Kathy Triệu brings us a conversation with Gaba Rodriguez about building feminist infrastructure.

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Loa was one of the many partners of the 2018 Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain. A gathering of technologists, activists, journalists, civil society actors, the IFF brought together over 1,200 people from 130 countries for one week, March 5-9. This year’s attendees made up the most diverse edition to date. As part of a special Loa series, we present to you some of the voices of the IFF.

A Look Inside: Vietnam Cyber Dialogue
On the Record: Han Hui Hui

Music credits:
Episode intro & outro: A. A. Aalto - Balloons Rising
Transition music: A. A. Aalto - Mosey

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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.

Plus, a web exclusive series of a journey throughout Việt Nam on motorbike.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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On The Record: 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.

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