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After the events at Đồng Tâm this January, certain activists have spoken out against the violence used by troops, making themselves targets for arrest by the authorities.
For years residents resisted relinquishing their land for the construction of a military airport. Tensions peaked this year after two civilians and three officers were killed during a police raid.
“They tell us to go back to Vietnam. They say we fish everything and leave nothing for them. They tell us to go home. They don’t want us here.”
“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.”
"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."
The 40-year-old Trần Thị Nga, also known by her pen name “Thúy Nga,” is a prominent advocate for migrants and land rights.
"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."
An interview about war and propaganda with the photographer of one of the most iconic images of the Vietnam War.
Have you tried any of these? Fertilized duck egg, Vietnamese pizza with duck's blood, coconut larvae, country rat, and fried cicadas.
"Formosa must accept full responsibility and make efforts in returning the clean environment to our country, our people and central Vietnam before leaving Vietnam."
"...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..."
Vovinam, a response to French occupation of Vietnam, is an explosive hybrid of older practices found across the southeast Asian country.
"The worshipping of the Mother Goddesses also contributes to the appreciation of women and their roles in society.”
"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."
"The Vietnamese government should urgently amend the land law and its grievance processes to protect farmers’ rights."
"I don’t personally know if the superstition can bring misfortune but I still avoid it because I consider it as bad manners."
"...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."
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.
"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."