Vietnamese dissidents and citizen journalists are turning to social media to broadcast criticisms of the state. In response, the Communist Party is deploying new laws and loyalist hackers to police the ways people can use platforms like Facebook.
This week, Pakatan Harapan’s approval ratings take a nosedive in Malaysia, Aung San Suu Kyi heads to Cambodia, and tough conversations on campus sexual harassment are ongoing in Singapore.
Stories to watch this week: both sides are claiming victory in the Indonesian election (as predicted), major drugs busts are going down in Vietnam, and public hearings begin in an inquiry into human trafficking on the Malaysia-Thailand border.
Growing up in the United States, Will Nguyen’s knowledge of Vietnamese language and history had come from a firmly South Vietnamese perspective. His research has led him to interrogate the north/south divide in his journey to uncover multiple perspectives and truths.
In the age of Trump, refugees and social media, many young Vietnamese speak of a disconnect with the rest of the world, while others eagerly embrace radical change.