· December, 2008

Stories about Vietnam from December, 2008

Southeast Asia: Newsmakers of 2008

  26 December 2008

For Southeast Asia, 2008 was a year of terrible disasters, both natural and man-made. Rice consumption was reduced, milk products were contaminated with melamine, jobs were lost, bloggers were arrested, and homes were destroyed. But the situation is not hopeless.

Vietnam: Blogging to be regulated

  24 December 2008

Vietnam has introduced some new restrictions on blogging. Blog posts which undermine national security, incite violence or crime, and disclose state secrets are banned. Internet companies are also ordered to issue reports to the government every six months.

Vietnam: Numerology

  16 December 2008

Ned gets to learn the lucky and unlucky numbers in Vietnam. For example, the numbers 4 and 2 are unlucky in Vietnam.

Vietnam: Christmas invasion

  6 December 2008

CitizeMekong uploads a video about the “Christmas invasion” in communist Vietnam. David in Ho Chi Minh notes that Christmas in Vietnam is “strictly the commercial free-for-all” with no mention of the birth of Jesus or much of a Christian theme.

Vietnam: New regulations on blogging

  6 December 2008

Vietnam authorities want to impose new regulations on internet use and blogging in Vietnam. The ministry officials said “The law will not interfere with bloggers’ privacy, but will help in the healthy development of the Web-log environment.”

Vietnam: Activist blogger faces tax fraud charges

  6 December 2008

Vietnamese activist Nguyen Hoang Hai, better known by the blogging name of Dieu Cay, is facing tax fraud cases. But he claims these are trumped up charges. According to his supporters, the government wants him jailed for being a founding member of Free Vietnamese Journalists Club.

Taiwan: Newspaper for the Immigrants

  4 December 2008

Bao Bon Phuong, a unique immigrant-focussing Vietnamese newspaper celebrates its second year from its first issue in Dec. 2006. On its blog(zh), the editor 張正 Zhang Zheng writes : “Everyday, the editorial team receives dozens of letters written in Vietnamese. Each letter contains different state of mind: to thank somebody,...