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Loa

Loa is a podcast that explores the ideas and stories that shape Việt Nam today. We amplify the voices you need to hear and broadcast the perspectives you haven’t heard.

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Latest posts by Loa

9 April 2018

Amid Crackdown on Dissent, Six Vietnamese Human Rights Activists Are Dealt Long Prison Sentences

“I will continue the struggle and if I must sit in jail, others on the outside will fight on for me and they will never stop.”

6 April 2018

Singapore's Economic Success ‘Comes at the Sacrifice of Humans Rights,’ Says Activist Han Hui Hui

"I hope that countries around the world don’t follow the Singapore model...Advocate and have your independent labor unions and student unions because we don’t have that in Singapore."

27 July 2017

Vietnamese Activist Trần Thị Nga Sentenced to 9 Years for ‘Propaganda’

Advox

The 40-year-old Trần Thị Nga, also known by her pen name “Thúy Nga,” is a prominent advocate for migrants and land rights.

28 June 2017

Vietnamese Blogger Phạm Minh Hoàng Detained, Stripped of Citizenship, and Exiled to France

Advox

"I wrote blogs and continued to express my views on issues like democracy, corruption, territorial sovereignty. This is something that anybody could do, and to be honest, everybody should do."

11 May 2017

How Photography Shaped Our Narratives of the Vietnam War

An interview about war and propaganda with the photographer of one of the most iconic images of the Vietnam War.

30 April 2017

Five Foods From Vietnam That Might Be a Little Hard to Swallow for Non-Vietnamese

Have you tried any of these? Fertilized duck egg, Vietnamese pizza with duck's blood, coconut larvae, country rat, and fried cicadas.

11 April 2017

Vietnamese Continue to Demand Justice a Year After Toxic Waste Spill That Caused Massive Fish Kill

"Formosa must accept full responsibility and make efforts in returning the clean environment to our country, our people and central Vietnam before leaving Vietnam."

7 February 2017

From Vietnam to the US, the Zodiac Is an Important Part of Vietnamese Culture

"...when you meet Vietnamese elders, they don’t ask how old you are as much a lot of the time as your year you were born, your zodiac year..."

8 January 2017

Introducing ‘Vovinam’, a Vietnamese Martial Art Steeped in Political History

Vovinam, a response to French occupation of Vietnam, is an explosive hybrid of older practices found across the southeast Asian country.

28 December 2016

Vietnamese Mother Goddesses Religion Receives UN Recognition

"The worshipping of the Mother Goddesses also contributes to the appreciation of women and their roles in society.”

14 December 2016

Little Dolls From a Vietnamese Prison Carry a Big Message

"What the authorities didn’t realize was the messages the dolls bear were right in front of their faces–they just couldn’t comprehend them."

5 December 2016

Vietnamese Court Upholds Jail Sentence for Land Rights Activist

"The Vietnamese government should urgently amend the land law and its grievance processes to protect farmers’ rights."

28 November 2016

Why You Shouldn’t Stick Your Chopsticks in Your Rice Bowl and Other Vietnamese Superstitions

"I don’t personally know if the superstition can bring misfortune but I still avoid it because I consider it as bad manners."

24 November 2016

Sriracha, a Truly Global Sauce with a Big Heap of Vietnamese Love

"...whenever I post a message on Facebook or maybe like email my friends asking them if they want anything from California...the number one answer is Sriracha sauce."

1 November 2016

A Man's Haunting Tale of Escape After the Vietnam War

Many believe that war-torn countries are inhabited by the spirits of those whose lives were lost. Among those who died were refugees who escaped the country by boat.

28 September 2016

Vietnamese Land Activist Cấn Thị Thêu Has Braved Violence, Arrest and Prison

"I will live in a way that they will see that their brutality will never threaten our will to fight. We will hold on to our land until the end."

1 September 2016

A Postcard from Slovakia’s Vietnamese Community

"Even though in these neighborhoods, more Vietnamese are living, they are mostly not recognized by the municipality."

3 August 2016

How the Vietnamese People Reacted to the South China Sea Ruling

"Groups of riders zipped through the streets, each biker with a passenger holding up a sign that read “China get out of Vietnam”.

1 July 2016

The ‘Achievement Epidemic’ in Vietnam Schools

"I think families’ expectations and the career guidance given to students are unrealistic and not that helpful."

7 June 2016

Tons of Fish Are Dying Mysteriously in Vietnam. Whales, Too.

For the past two months, tons of fish have washed up dead on the shores of central Vietnam. Seven dead whales, too.

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