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From Antonio Gramsci To Vietnam, With Love And Strength

From Antonio Gramsci To Vietnam, With Love And Strength
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Sad Days for VietnamIt has been a sad time for Vietnamese civil society since the Formosa disaster and the protests that followed it in 2016. There has been an increasingly harsh crackdown on dissent and those who dared to defy the regime’s violation of human rights and authoritarian governance.

Dan Nguyen
Dan Nguyen
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The Official’s Gold-Flecked Steak And The Underlying Problems Of Vietnam

The Official’s Gold-Flecked Steak And The Underlying Problems Of Vietnam
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Vietnamese social media was flooded last weekend with images and footage of Minister of Public Security, To Lam and his delegates enjoying a luxurious dinner at an upscale restaurant in London. The video, showing General Lam being hand-fed a gold-leaf steak by the Turkish celebrity chef Nusret Gokce, popularly known

Jason Nguyen
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Vietnamese Vision Of A “Clean Newspaper” And The Government’s Intolerance To Press Freedom

Vietnamese Vision Of A “Clean Newspaper” And The Government’s Intolerance To Press Freedom
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This year as the world triumphs the importance of free speech with the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to two journalists, Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, for their “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression,” Vietnam has taken a step backward in its respect for press freedom by arresting and

Jason Nguyen
Jason Nguyen
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Biden’s Emphasis On Soft Power And What It Means For Vietnam’s Democracy Movement

Biden’s Emphasis On Soft Power And What It Means For Vietnam’s Democracy Movement
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President Joe Biden has repeatedly emphasised “soft power” in his foreign policy speeches. Will this policy work in Vietnam? And how will it affect Vietnam’s democracy movement? Biden’s emphasis on soft power: what’s in store for Vietnam and should one believe it?It’s almost a year

Dan Nguyen
Dan Nguyen
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Pham Doan Trang Is A Journalist, Her Profession Is Not A Crime

Pham Doan Trang Is A Journalist, Her Profession Is Not A Crime
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As I am writing this beginning line, my mind is flooded with memories of Pham Doan Trang. I also realize that it has been almost seven years since I said goodbye to her before she left the United States to return to Vietnam. We had become friends and spent seven

Quynh-Vi Tran
Quynh-Vi Tran
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Journey To The West: Vietnamese Top Leaders’ Recent Vaccine Diplomacy

Journey To The West: Vietnamese Top Leaders’ Recent Vaccine Diplomacy
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In the past month, newly-elected Vietnamese leaders have been seen “touring” Western countries, from Europe to the Americas. From the chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue, who went to Europe, to President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who went to the United States and Cuba, both are parts of the

Son Nguyen
Son Nguyen
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Trans-Pacific Partner Membership And The Love Triangle Of Vietnam – Taiwan – China

Trans-Pacific Partner Membership And The Love Triangle Of Vietnam – Taiwan – China
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A discussion with some students in my Theory on State and Law class back in 2020 led me to a surprising revelation: over 50 percent of them have visited Taiwan. They could remember and name their favourite tourist attractions, either Sun Moon Lake near Taichung, the “Spirited Away” Jiufen to

Tan Trung Nguyen
Tan Trung Nguyen
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September, School, And The Politics Of Memory

September, School, And The Politics Of Memory
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September is when the school year starts in Vietnam. However, this academic cycle is like no other, as the country is struggling with a deadly virus that claimed more than 10,000 lives last month. [1] How will this pandemic be remembered by those who survive? How will it be

Dan Nguyen
Dan Nguyen
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