It’s been just a little over a year since Will Nguyễn was released from prison in Vietnam. Will was arrested for his participation in protests against the 99 year land lease provisions and Cybersecurity law. One year later, Loa’s Quyên Ngô sits down with Will to have a conversation about his arrest and time in prison, how he sees the democracy movement, and his overall hopes for Việt Nam.

In the early 2000’s, skateboards began to appear on the streets of Việt Nam. Today, it has grown in popularity, forming its own subculture. But youth are finding it difficult to skate due to a lack of space and public acceptance. Our reporter, Tứ Tiểu Tâm, a passionate skater of over 11 years, hit the streets of Việt Nam to learn more.

People asking you if you've been keeping up with the protests in Việt Nam...and you haven’t been? No worries, we’ve got you covered, and then some! Here's Quyên Ngô with the headlines for June 2018.

Episode Opening & Closing Music: Blue Dot Sessions - Shift of Currents

As our team was busy with traveling in May, we unearth two segments from our archives for today’s episode. June 4th marks the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Nearly three decades later, in 2017, protest leaders of Tiananmen advised a young Joshua Wong in Hong Kong as he sat in jail. Loa’s reporter Kathy Triệu was fortunate to interview Wong, one of the leaders of the Umbrella Movement, before he was jailed. This On the Record aired in August 2016.

How can a handmade, children’s toy become both a form of solace and resistance in jail? We revisit a story about dolls made in prison in this Solitary Envoi. This segment was produced by Quyên Ngô in December 2016.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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