Sen Nguyen

Sen Nguyen

Sen Nguyen is a journalist based in Vietnam specialising in development, human rights, and the environment. Her broadcast commentary has appeared on ITV News podcast and Al Jazeera's The Stream.

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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.

31 Jul 2020 - 1:56PM

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
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.

28 Jul 2020 - 12:58AM

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
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.

9 Jul 2020 - 10:39PM

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
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’.

24 Jun 2020 - 10:38PM

‘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
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.

17 Jun 2020 - 10:26AM

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
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.

29 May 2020 - 10:18PM

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
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.

23 May 2020 - 3:02PM

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
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.

12 May 2020 - 3:13PM

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
Vietnam war survivors of South Korean massacres tell their stories in new documentary

Untold by Korean filmmaker Lee-kil Bora – whose grandfather fought in the conflict – is built on powerful testimonies from Vietnamese people.

23 Apr 2020 - 5:08PM

Untold by Korean filmmaker Lee-kil Bora – whose grandfather fought in the conflict – is built on powerful testimonies from Vietnamese people.

Vietnam war survivors of South Korean massacres tell their stories in new documentary
Coronavirus: China’s bear bile ‘treatment’ for Covid-19 alarms wildlife groups

China’s National Health Commission has approved the use of bear bile to treat Covid-19, raising fears among groups from Australia to Vietnam of an increase in poaching and animal cruelty.

15 Apr 2020 - 10:38PM

China’s National Health Commission has approved the use of bear bile to treat Covid-19, raising fears among groups from Australia to Vietnam of an increase in poaching and animal cruelty.

Coronavirus: China’s bear bile ‘treatment’ for Covid-19 alarms wildlife groups
‘Slow-motion genocide’: coronavirus fears grow among refugees in Indonesia, Bangladesh and Thailand

Rohingya and Somali refugees in camps are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19, given their cramped living situation and limited access to health care.

6 Apr 2020 - 7:52PM

Rohingya and Somali refugees in camps are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19, given their cramped living situation and limited access to health care.

‘Slow-motion genocide’: coronavirus fears grow among refugees in Indonesia, Bangladesh and Thailand
Coronavirus: Vietnam stockpiles rice as outbreak spreads and food security concerns grow

Traders believe the world has enough rice but India’s lockdown and Vietnam’s stockpiling could affect global supply. Malaysia and the Philippines say they have enough rice for several months.

28 Mar 2020 - 12:19PM

Traders believe the world has enough rice but India’s lockdown and Vietnam’s stockpiling could affect global supply. Malaysia and the Philippines say they have enough rice for several months.

Coronavirus: Vietnam stockpiles rice as outbreak spreads and food security concerns grow
Coronavirus: life inside Vietnam’s army-run quarantine camps

A woman in a quarantine facility described sleeping on a bamboo mat on a bed and getting three meals a day, but is happy with the conditions.

24 Mar 2020 - 11:25PM

A woman in a quarantine facility described sleeping on a bamboo mat on a bed and getting three meals a day, but is happy with the conditions.

Coronavirus: life inside Vietnam’s army-run quarantine camps
Coronavirus: social media anger in Vietnam at jet-setter linked to new cluster in Hanoi

Vietnam now has 34 Covid-19 cases, after a new cluster emerged three weeks after it reported its last infections.

10 Mar 2020 - 10:12PM

Vietnam now has 34 Covid-19 cases, after a new cluster emerged three weeks after it reported its last infections.

Coronavirus: social media anger in Vietnam at jet-setter linked to new cluster in Hanoi
Born foreign: in Cambodia, it’s not easy being Vietnamese

Victims of historical resentment, many ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia are stateless, ineligible for citizenship in either country. Yet few would leave, even if they could.

23 Feb 2020 - 5:13PM

Victims of historical resentment, many ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia are stateless, ineligible for citizenship in either country. Yet few would leave, even if they could.

Born foreign: in Cambodia, it’s not easy being Vietnamese
China coronavirus: Vietnam flags likely human transmission case of father from Wuhan infecting son

A 65-year-old man from Wuhan could have infected his 27-year-old son while both were travelling in Vietnam, doctors said in The New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:05PM

A 65-year-old man from Wuhan could have infected his 27-year-old son while both were travelling in Vietnam, doctors said in The New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday.

China coronavirus: Vietnam flags likely human transmission case of father from Wuhan infecting son
Rich-poor gap in Vietnam epitomised by Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where people live in poverty next to banks and boutiques

In the Old Quarter of Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi, the rich-poor gap couldn’t be more obvious as banks and boutiques sit steps from the homes of people like Hoang Van Xuan, who lives in a tiny decrepit attic too small to stand up in.

9 Jan 2020 - 8:21PM

In the Old Quarter of Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi, the rich-poor gap couldn’t be more obvious as banks and boutiques sit steps from the homes of people like Hoang Van Xuan, who lives in a tiny decrepit attic too small to stand up in.

Rich-poor gap in Vietnam epitomised by Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where people live in poverty next to banks and boutiques
US Operation Babylift ‘orphans’ are still seeking their Vietnamese parents, more than 40 years on

In the final days of the Vietnam war, Operation Babylift evacuated 3,000 children and took them to the West to be adopted. Not all were orphans;many are still searching for their roots

29 Sep 2019 - 7:32PM

In the final days of the Vietnam war, Operation Babylift evacuated 3,000 children and took them to the West to be adopted. Not all were orphans;many are still searching for their roots

US Operation Babylift ‘orphans’ are still seeking their Vietnamese parents, more than 40 years on
LGBT rights: Vietnam recognises transgender people, but there’s a flaw in its law

In 2015, Vietnam passed a law enshrining rights for transgender people, after years fighting for legal recognition – but the bill to enforce that law has still not passed, continuing the discrimination and uncertainty faced.

21 Jun 2019 - 9:00AM

In 2015, Vietnam passed a law enshrining rights for transgender people, after years fighting for legal recognition – but the bill to enforce that law has still not passed, continuing the discrimination and uncertainty faced.

LGBT rights: Vietnam recognises transgender people, but there’s a flaw in its law
Are Facebook and YouTube ‘online gangsters’ corrupting the youth of Vietnam?

A new breed of social media influencers in the country are raking in big bucks with videos showing them living large, destroying property and swearing.

1 May 2019 - 9:15AM

A new breed of social media influencers in the country are raking in big bucks with videos showing them living large, destroying property and swearing.

Are Facebook and YouTube ‘online gangsters’ corrupting the youth of Vietnam?