Dien Nguyen An Luong

Mr Dien Nguyen An Luong is a Visiting Fellow with the Media, Technology and Society Programme of the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. A journalist with significant experience as managing editor at Vietnam’s top newsrooms, his work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, South China Morning Post, and other publications. 

Articles by Dien Nguyen An Luong (9)

In Vietnam, the Afghanistan Spectre Fails to Haunt a Pro-America Audience Online

Dien Nguyen An Luong

Many observers have drawn parallels between the U.S.’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and memories of the “Fall of Saigon”. But Vietnamese reactions to U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent visit there shows continued favourable sentiments towards the U.S.

Comparing Vietnamese Responses to Chinese and American Public Diplomacy Efforts on Social Media

Dien Nguyen An Luong

In this study, the Facebook posts by the Chinese embassy and consulate in Vietnam were compared with those of the U.S. embassy and consulate over seven months. The findings show that China’s public diplomacy efforts in Vietnam tend to peddle anti-America narratives. But by and large, the Vietnamese public appears more receptive to the U.S. narratives.

Placate the Young and Control Online Discourse: The Vietnamese State’s Tightrope

Dien Nguyen An Luong

A key challenge for Vietnam is to control cyberspace without alienating growing numbers of Internet-savvy youths. Unlike China, Vietnam has not been able to muster enough political and technological resources to craft sophisticated campaigns to boost youth nationalism. The gap is even more pronounced online.

H&M Saga in Vietnam: The Promise – and Peril – of Social Media

Dien Nguyen An Luong

Vietnam has effectively fanned the flames of online nationalism in its altercation with a Swedish fast-fashion retailer — and by extension, China. It has to be careful not to stoke the flames too far.

People using smartphones to check the Internet over wifi at a coffee shop in Hanoi.

Cyberspace: Vietnam’s Next Propaganda Battleground?

Dien Nguyen An Luong

Keeping control of the cyber-space floodgates while not alienating the social media savvy youth is difficult.