Reliance on smuggling networks puts Rohingya Muslims at risk of being trafficked and exploited as they try to leave abysmal living conditions at refugee camps in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Scams reel people in with promises of high paying jobs overseas or fake investment opportunities or romances, all online cons.
Covid-19 remains a concern for some, even as many people spare no expense to celebrate while others mull cost-cutting measures for festivities.
Sand mining is eating away at the foundations of the Mekong Delta, with a recent report finding that the practice had done more to alter sediment flows in the river than even the controversial hydropower dams upstream.
The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in custody of the morality police and the ensuing deadly protests over women’s rights have reminded the Iranian diaspora of “terrible memories” of life with the morality police in Iran.
The Vietnamese government hopes to boost the country’s soft power in its plan to encourage overseas Vietnamese to celebrate and embrace their language and culture.
Just 1 per cent of Vietnam’s corals are in a healthy state while the rest face multiple threats to survival, say scientists.
Drowning is a leading cause of death among Vietnamese children, with more than 2,000 kids under 16 losing their lives this way each year.
From offering well-being guidance on TikTok to starting self-help groups, Vietnam’s millennials and Gen Z are defying local taboos surrounding open discussions on mental health. These efforts have come into focus after a recent spate of youth suicides.
Vietnamese working in Romania have been exposed to harsh conditions and human smuggling. Advocates say the EU country must fix its labour rights laws, since it now wants to take in Ukrainian refugees.
Vietnam is promoting the idyllic island of Phu Quoc as a place for tourists to tie the knot as it hopes to give its Covid-hit economy a boost.
Activists and European MPs want local authorities to investigate forced labour claims but for workers building Shandong Linglong’s tyre factory, they’ve been told to accept current conditions in order to keep working.
Coal already accounts for about a third of the country’s operational energy mix and its capacity is set to increase by 2030 under a new draft development plan
This is the latest disruption to global supply chains already roiled by labour shortages and high shipping costs due to the pandemic.
As capital Hanoi comes out of lockdown, residents of Ho Chi Minh City are still largely confined to their homes – but the southern business hub, which accounts for almost one-third of Vietnam’s state budget, is under pressure to reopen.
Seen as competing with China’s Confucius Institutes, the decades-old American aid programme is finally launching in Vietnam after 17 years of negotiations.
Onsite staff accommodation helped factories in Vietnam’s Binh Duong province, the country’s second-largest recipient of accumulated FDI, stay open. But Covid-19 cases are still rising and lockdowns elsewhere have left the supply chain broken.
Logistical difficulties amid extended lockdowns mean second-half shipments in the sector are predicted to fall 30 per cent year on year.
Vietnam’s strict lockdown to curb its fourth wave of Covid-19 infections has left many unable to work, go out to get food, or even get oxygen.
Vietnam’s Covid-19 hotspot Ho Chi Minh City has twice extended its lockdown, hitting manufacturers trying to export items such as clothing.
European Chamber of Commerce members are pushing ambassadors for more donations and also jabs for EU citizens as Vietnam’s vaccine stocks remain low.
The study by the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation found that more than 60 per cent of victims and prosecuted traffickers were from groups such as the H’mong and Thai.
As Lee makes history by becoming the first Hmong to represent the US at the Olympics, she hopes her achievement inspires others.
Families have traditionally provided for the elderly in Southeast Asia but as they become smaller a greater burden will fall on the state.
After being offered jobs online, Vietnamese have been forced to work 16-hour shifts and were physically assaulted when they tried to escape.
A small study in Brazil suggests Covid-19 patients who previously had dengue are twice as likely to display symptoms, adding to the health care burden of communities in the tropics.
Only 1 per cent of Vietnam’s population has received at least one vaccine dose, trailing the efforts of poorer neighbours like Cambodia and Laos.
Cases in North Vietnam’s industrial production hubs have spiked in the past month, as the government eyes economic recovery plans.
Travel agent associations in India, Thailand and Vietnam are warning the public about the risks as advertisements for such packages pop up on social media.
With nearly half of all Americans jabbed, the country has excess doses to give away. Some expats hope these shots will find their way into American arms, overseas.