Sen Nguyen

Sen Nguyen

Sen Nguyen is a Vietnam-based versatile journalist covering news, features and analysis.

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Chinese dams, pollution send Vietnamese in Mekong Delta in search of greener pastures

Local communities fear diminished prospects as the country’s agricultural powerhouse loses steam amid China’s upstream energy ventures.

Local communities fear diminished prospects as the country’s agricultural powerhouse loses steam amid China’s upstream energy ventures.

Chinese dams, pollution send Vietnamese in Mekong Delta in search of greener pastures
28 Feb 2021 - 11:16PM
Cambodia to get back artefacts lost during Khmer Rouge regime from late British collector Douglas Latchford’s daughter

The antiquities were taken during the Khmer Rouge regime and are being returned by the daughter of British art collector Douglas Latchford.

The antiquities were taken during the Khmer Rouge regime and are being returned by the daughter of British art collector Douglas Latchford.

Cambodia to get back artefacts lost during Khmer Rouge regime from late British collector Douglas Latchford’s daughter
23 Feb 2021 - 1:15PM
Lunar New Year: as coronavirus crashes the party, Southeast Asians find other ways to celebrate

‘There’s no more visiting my aunties and all that, I’ve told them not to expect a visit.’

‘There’s no more visiting my aunties and all that, I’ve told them not to expect a visit.’

Lunar New Year: as coronavirus crashes the party, Southeast Asians find other ways to celebrate
22 Feb 2021 - 10:33AM
In Vietnam, air pollution a bigger daily threat than Covid-19, as smog envelops Hanoi

Hanoi, where Vietnam’s leadership congress is taking place, had worse air quality than Beijing and New Delhi last week. What can be done to improve it?

Hanoi, where Vietnam’s leadership congress is taking place, had worse air quality than Beijing and New Delhi last week. What can be done to improve it?

In Vietnam, air pollution a bigger daily threat than Covid-19, as smog envelops Hanoi
29 Jan 2021 - 10:03PM
Vietnam’s tight lid on the coronavirus leaves many citizens desperate to return, with illegal border crossings on the rise

Since it sealed itself off from the world last March, Vietnam has recorded just over 1,500 Covid-19 infections – but many of its nationals are stranded abroad, facing job and income losses as well as scanty information about repatriation.

Since it sealed itself off from the world last March, Vietnam has recorded just over 1,500 Covid-19 infections – but many of its nationals are stranded abroad, facing job and income losses as well as scanty information about repatriation.

Vietnam’s tight lid on the coronavirus leaves many citizens desperate to return, with illegal border crossings on the rise
9 Jan 2021 - 3:37PM
Coronavirus vaccine race: how many doses have Asia-Pacific countries ordered?

India is the runaway leader in number of doses secured, at 1.6 billion, while Vietnam has yet to announce any official deals.

India is the runaway leader in number of doses secured, at 1.6 billion, while Vietnam has yet to announce any official deals.

Coronavirus vaccine race: how many doses have Asia-Pacific countries ordered?
29 Dec 2020 - 2:23PM
Coronavirus vaccine: Asia-Pacific countries tread cautiously in roll-out

Authorities across region set out conservative timetables for starting immunisations, ranging from several weeks to the latter half of 2021.

Authorities across region set out conservative timetables for starting immunisations, ranging from several weeks to the latter half of 2021.

Coronavirus vaccine: Asia-Pacific countries tread cautiously in roll-out
29 Dec 2020 - 4:52PM
Southeast Asia braces for trash dump as China enacts waste import ban

On January 1, China will no longer be accepting waste from other countries, with Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia likely to feel the brunt of the new policy.

On January 1, China will no longer be accepting waste from other countries, with Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia likely to feel the brunt of the new policy.

Southeast Asia braces for trash dump as China enacts waste import ban
13 Dec 2020 - 10:47PM
Here’s why Vietnam needs to embrace #MeToo – right now, the fine for groping a woman is about the cost of a pizza

An Estonian man was fined the cost of a pizza for sexual harassment, which is not always considered a criminal offence in the Southeast Asian nation. Activists say it’s time for a more vocal #MeToo movement.

An Estonian man was fined the cost of a pizza for sexual harassment, which is not always considered a criminal offence in the Southeast Asian nation. Activists say it’s time for a more vocal #MeToo movement.

Here’s why Vietnam needs to embrace #MeToo – right now, the fine for groping a woman is about the cost of a pizza
5 Dec 2020 - 10:10AM
Young Asian entrepreneurs embrace green-collar lives as technology makes farming ‘sexy’

Educated farmers are taking to the fields in countries like Vietnam and Indonesia, spurred on by new technologies and progressive ideals.

Educated farmers are taking to the fields in countries like Vietnam and Indonesia, spurred on by new technologies and progressive ideals.

Young Asian entrepreneurs embrace green-collar lives as technology makes farming ‘sexy’
9 Nov 2020 - 10:42AM
US presidential election: sacred flame for Trump in India, bars back Biden in Indonesia, Korea as Asia watches drama unfold

Right-wingers pray for Trump in India, bar patrons toast Biden in Seoul and Jakarta, and in Thailand 50,000 votes are up for grabs – if they get counted.

Right-wingers pray for Trump in India, bar patrons toast Biden in Seoul and Jakarta, and in Thailand 50,000 votes are up for grabs – if they get counted.

US presidential election: sacred flame for Trump in India, bars back Biden in Indonesia, Korea as Asia watches drama unfold
6 Nov 2020 - 2:58PM
Pompeo’s Vietnam visit focuses on security and trade as US aims to bolster Indo-Pacific bulwark

US secretary of state holds talks with country’s leadership amid Washington’s push to contain Beijing in South China Sea.

US secretary of state holds talks with country’s leadership amid Washington’s push to contain Beijing in South China Sea.

Pompeo’s Vietnam visit focuses on security and trade as US aims to bolster Indo-Pacific bulwark
31 Oct 2020 - 8:16PM
Typhoon Molave smashes through central Vietnam, leaving floods and despair in its wake

The typhoon comes amid a harsh storm season that has damaged or destroyed more than 310,000 homes, as the government prepares to evacuate 1.3 million people.

The typhoon comes amid a harsh storm season that has damaged or destroyed more than 310,000 homes, as the government prepares to evacuate 1.3 million people.

Typhoon Molave smashes through central Vietnam, leaving floods and despair in its wake
29 Oct 2020 - 4:11PM
Japan, Vietnam to step up defence and economic ties amid China’s growing influence

Prime Ministers Suga and Phuc have agreed in principle on a pact that would see Tokyo export arms and military technology to Hanoi.

Prime Ministers Suga and Phuc have agreed in principle on a pact that would see Tokyo export arms and military technology to Hanoi.

Japan, Vietnam to step up defence and economic ties amid China’s growing influence
19 Oct 2020 - 11:28PM
Vietnam’s unsung recycling heroines have livelihoods ruined by Covid-19

Across Southeast Asia, thousands of waste pickers – many of them women – help to recycle waste that would otherwise become landfill. But plummeting prices for recyclables have hit them hard and they do not get government pandemic relief.

Across Southeast Asia, thousands of waste pickers – many of them women – help to recycle waste that would otherwise become landfill. But plummeting prices for recyclables have hit them hard and they do not get government pandemic relief.

Vietnam’s unsung recycling heroines have livelihoods ruined by Covid-19
26 Oct 2020 - 2:00PM
US election: Vietnamese-Americans prefer Trump to Biden — and the president has fans in Vietnam too

Vietnamese-Americans are more likely than other Asian voters to pick Trump, a new survey has found. And the American president is popular in Vietnam too, with Trump fan pages boasting thousands of followers on Facebook.

Vietnamese-Americans are more likely than other Asian voters to pick Trump, a new survey has found. And the American president is popular in Vietnam too, with Trump fan pages boasting thousands of followers on Facebook.

US election: Vietnamese-Americans prefer Trump to Biden — and the president has fans in Vietnam too
17 Oct 2020 - 7:12AM
US election: Trump-Biden debate bewilders interpreters, viewers in Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam

In Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam, interpreters and commentators were unable to keep up with the flurry of interjections and interruptions in a session seen as ‘symbolic of how polarised American politics has become’.

In Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam, interpreters and commentators were unable to keep up with the flurry of interjections and interruptions in a session seen as ‘symbolic of how polarised American politics has become’.

US election: Trump-Biden debate bewilders interpreters, viewers in Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam
17 Oct 2020 - 7:12AM
Vietnam restarts flights with six cities in Asia for business travellers, citizens

Foreigners travelling for business or study from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, as well as Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei are included, with flights to and from Cambodia’s Phnom Penh and Laos’ Vientiane resuming next week.

Foreigners travelling for business or study from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, as well as Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei are included, with flights to and from Cambodia’s Phnom Penh and Laos’ Vientiane resuming next week.

Vietnam restarts flights with six cities in Asia for business travellers, citizens
16 Sep 2020 - 9:25PM
Vietnam dodged the coronavirus bullet, so why are its workers struggling?

For decades, millions of Vietnamese relied on the country’s export-oriented economy to provide work. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

For decades, millions of Vietnamese relied on the country’s export-oriented economy to provide work. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Vietnam dodged the coronavirus bullet, so why are its workers struggling?
31 Aug 2020 - 9:30AM
Asian-Americans divided on Yale affirmative action case

The US Justice Department calling Yale biased against white and Asian-Americans has won both fans and critics. Asians shouldn’t be regarded as a homogenous group as ethnicity affects outcomes, some say.

The US Justice Department calling Yale biased against white and Asian-Americans has won both fans and critics. Asians shouldn’t be regarded as a homogenous group as ethnicity affects outcomes, some say.

Asian-Americans divided on Yale affirmative action case
21 Aug 2020 - 4:59PM
Cambodians, activists cheer Thai court’s move to allow lawsuit against Asia’s largest sugar firm

A Bangkok court ruled that about 3,000 Cambodians could proceed with a class-action suit against Mitr Phol over land seized for sugar plantations.

A Bangkok court ruled that about 3,000 Cambodians could proceed with a class-action suit against Mitr Phol over land seized for sugar plantations.

Cambodians, activists cheer Thai court’s move to allow lawsuit against Asia’s largest sugar firm
6 Aug 2020 - 3:02PM
Vietnam cracks down on illegal entries from China as Covid-19 cases flare up

The Southeast Asian nation’s prime minister ordered an investigation of illegal border crossings from China on the same day the virus resurfaced last month.

The Southeast Asian nation’s prime minister ordered an investigation of illegal border crossings from China on the same day the virus resurfaced last month.

Vietnam cracks down on illegal entries from China as Covid-19 cases flare up
7 Aug 2020 - 11:24AM
Vietnam’s first coronavirus outbreak in 99 days spreads fear, anxiety

Vietnam was an early success story in the global fight against coronavirus but its 99-day streak with no community transmission came to an end on Saturday.

Vietnam was an early success story in the global fight against coronavirus but its 99-day streak with no community transmission came to an end on Saturday.

Vietnam’s first coronavirus outbreak in 99 days spreads fear, anxiety
31 Jul 2020 - 1:56PM
IFC watchdog investigates Postal Savings Bank of China over loan for Indonesian mine

Postal Savings Bank of China’s loan to a Chinese company building a mine in Indonesia’s earthquake-prone Dairi Regency was in apparent contravention of IFC environmental standards, complainants say.

Postal Savings Bank of China’s loan to a Chinese company building a mine in Indonesia’s earthquake-prone Dairi Regency was in apparent contravention of IFC environmental standards, complainants say.

IFC watchdog investigates Postal Savings Bank of China over loan for Indonesian mine
28 Jul 2020 - 12:58AM
Students from India, Vietnam in panic mode after ‘cruel’ new US university rule

The Trump administration has threatened to revoke the visas of students whose courses are completely online amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Many cannot afford health care – or even to go home.

The Trump administration has threatened to revoke the visas of students whose courses are completely online amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Many cannot afford health care – or even to go home.

Students from India, Vietnam in panic mode after ‘cruel’ new US university rule
9 Jul 2020 - 10:39PM
Anglicising Asian names: another form of racism? Just ask Phuc Bui

‘If names like Trump and Schwarzenegger and Obama and Kissinger have become American names, then all our Vietnamese names – including Phuc Bui – can be American names too’.

‘If names like Trump and Schwarzenegger and Obama and Kissinger have become American names, then all our Vietnamese names – including Phuc Bui – can be American names too’.

Anglicising Asian names: another form of racism? Just ask Phuc Bui
24 Jun 2020 - 10:38PM
Why EU-Vietnam free-trade deal can’t topple China as world’s factory

Don’t expect an exodus of manufacturers from China to Vietnam. Hanoi relies on its neighbour and can’t replicate its scale even if it tried.

Don’t expect an exodus of manufacturers from China to Vietnam. Hanoi relies on its neighbour and can’t replicate its scale even if it tried.

Why EU-Vietnam free-trade deal can’t topple China as world’s factory
17 Jun 2020 - 10:26AM
Vietnam firm with World Bank links accused of bulldozing indigenous land in Cambodia

Rights groups say Hoang Anh Gia Lai cleared the land under the cloak of the coronavirus pandemic, destroying traditional burial grounds, wetlands and old-growth forest.

Rights groups say Hoang Anh Gia Lai cleared the land under the cloak of the coronavirus pandemic, destroying traditional burial grounds, wetlands and old-growth forest.

Vietnam firm with World Bank links accused of bulldozing indigenous land in Cambodia
29 May 2020 - 10:18PM
Vietnam spends over US$128,000 treating British pilot whose lungs failed after contracting coronavirus

Vietnam has not reported any Covid-19 deaths, and while cases remain low at 324, a rise in imported cases is expected with citizens returning from overseas.

Vietnam has not reported any Covid-19 deaths, and while cases remain low at 324, a rise in imported cases is expected with citizens returning from overseas.

Vietnam spends over US$128,000 treating British pilot whose lungs failed after contracting coronavirus
23 May 2020 - 3:02PM
Marry by 30, two children by 35: Vietnam’s plan for young people to boost its economy

Vietnam is hoping to boost a fertility rate that has been falling since the 1980s and prevent the economic problems associated with ageing populations.

Vietnam is hoping to boost a fertility rate that has been falling since the 1980s and prevent the economic problems associated with ageing populations.

Marry by 30, two children by 35: Vietnam’s plan for young people to boost its economy
12 May 2020 - 3:13PM