Saigoneer | Arts & Culture https://saigoneer.com/ Sun, 27 Nov 2022 04:37:59 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Two Decades of Women's Vintage Fashion in Saigon, as Illustrated by a Young Hanoian http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25938-two-decades-of-women-s-vintage-fashion-in-saigon,-as-illustrated-by-a-young-hanoian

In conversations surrounding Vietnam’s fashion history, it’s impossible not to discuss áo dài and its many iterations across the eras as symbols of Vietnamese femininity, but it would be amiss to leave out the local range of eclectic bracelets and bangles, hairdos and headdresses and the people who wore them.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Khôi Phạm. Images courtesy of Lê Hiền Tâm.) Fri, 25 Nov 2022 09:30:28 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25938-two-decades-of-women-s-vintage-fashion-in-saigon,-as-illustrated-by-a-young-hanoian
Vintage Music Compilation 'Saigon Supersound' Releases 3rd and Final Volume http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25913-vintage-music-compilation-saigon-supersound-releases-3rd-and-final-volume

Since Saigon Supersound presented its first volume back in 2017, the anthology of vintage Vietnamese music has become a household name for fans, both in and out of Vietnam, with a penchant for tunes from the country’s storied past. Earlier this month, Saigon Supersound’s third and final volume was officially released by Germany-based INFRACom.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Images courtesy of Saigon Supersound.) Tue, 22 Nov 2022 10:13:05 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25913-vintage-music-compilation-saigon-supersound-releases-3rd-and-final-volume
How Young Artists Are Bringing Mural Arts to Schools in Rural Vietnam http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25905-to-dam-how-young-artists-are-bringing-mural-arts-to-schools-in-rural-vietnam

On their fifth journey off the beaten paths, Tô Đậm is heading to the highland of Ma Bó, Lâm Đồng Province for a new season of lessons, stories, and adventures previously unfolded.

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uyendo@urbanistvietnam.com (Saigoneer. Photos courtesy by Tô Đậm.) Thu, 17 Nov 2022 04:46:57 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25905-to-dam-how-young-artists-are-bringing-mural-arts-to-schools-in-rural-vietnam
Beach Camping and Bamboo Rafting in Northern Vietnam's Largest Wetland http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/21409-beach-camping-and-bamboo-rafting-in-xuan-thuy-national-park-nam-dinh

An overnight stay in Xuân Thủy National Park, Nam Định Province means potential bug bites, snake encounters and pungent ocean air, but also a rewarding quest into the wild wetlands of northern Vietnam’s coastline.

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chris@saigoneer.com (Trang Bùi. Photos by Trang Bùi.) Fri, 18 Nov 2022 04:36:29 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/21409-beach-camping-and-bamboo-rafting-in-xuan-thuy-national-park-nam-dinh
All by Myself in Sapa: How I Learnt That Traveling Alone Doesn't Have to Be Lonely http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25878-all-by-myself-in-sapa-how-i-learnt-that-traveling-alone-doesn-t-have-to-be-lonely

One item on my “bucket list” is a journey to discover an exciting new land on a solo trip. It’s not a simple aspiration so I didn’t think that I would get a chance to accomplish it any time soon, but right on my 19th birthday, Châu, my “big boss” and mentor at Urbanist Travel, surprised me with an unforgettable vacation to Sapa.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Quỳnh Anh. Photos by Quỳnh Anh.) Thu, 03 Nov 2022 12:01:44 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25878-all-by-myself-in-sapa-how-i-learnt-that-traveling-alone-doesn-t-have-to-be-lonely
Q&A: Nguyễn Quí Đức on Tadioto, Zone 9, and How He Fell for Hanoi's Charms http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/24791-q-a-nguyễn-quí-đức-on-tadioto,-creative-pursuits,-and-how-he-fell-for-hanoi-s-charms

Countless are the number of hours Hanoi creatives have spent sipping whisky and contemplating the world at the famous drinking hole that is Tadioto.

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matatarski@gmail.com (Elise Luong. Photos by Alberto Prieto.) Thu, 03 Nov 2022 04:24:41 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/24791-q-a-nguyễn-quí-đức-on-tadioto,-creative-pursuits,-and-how-he-fell-for-hanoi-s-charms
In Ninh Thuận's Chăm Community, a Joyous Celebration of Katê, the Year's Most Important Festival http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25865-in-ninh-thuận-s-chăm-community,-a-joyous-celebration-of-katê,-the-year-s-most-important-festival

The Katê festival is the oldest and most unique festival of the Chăm ethnic minority and has been recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage by Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2017.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Adrien Jean. Photos by Adrien Jean.) Thu, 03 Nov 2022 11:55:29 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25865-in-ninh-thuận-s-chăm-community,-a-joyous-celebration-of-katê,-the-year-s-most-important-festival
Brise-Soleil, Đá Rửa, and Other Modernist Curios to Befriend on a Walk Across Saigon http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25863-brise-soleil,-đá-rửa,-and-other-modernist-curios-to-befriend-on-a-walk-across-saigon

My non-existent architectural background leaves me unable to do anything beyond expressing a distaste for tacky constructions and a vague idea of what constitutes a well-designed building. I can speak on the tasteful placement of a brise-soleil with as much confidence as a nervous five-year-old cooking beef wellington for an unhinged Gordon Ramsay. I hadn’t even heard of Vietnam’s modernist architecture movement until a few weeks ago, but when I was given the opportunity to take part in Urbanist Travel’s modernist architecture tour, I was intrigued to learn more about the stories behind the remnants of history I drive past in Saigon on a daily basis.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Charlie Harper. Top photo by Đỗ Anh Chương.) Sun, 30 Oct 2022 12:18:29 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25863-brise-soleil,-đá-rửa,-and-other-modernist-curios-to-befriend-on-a-walk-across-saigon
Introducing the '2 Years of Memories' Travel Writing Competition http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25861-introducing-the-2-years-of-memories-travel-writing-competition

To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Urbanist Travel, we are excited to invite you to participate in Saigoneer’s first-ever writing competition, “2 Years of Memories,” to look back at the most historic years of Vietnam’s tourism industry during the pandemic and the following recovery period.

Urbanist Travel is an international travel agency that came into existence to further realize Saigoneer’s long-enduring aspiration to “explore Vietnam and beyond.” Read our interview with Urbanist Travel Co-Founder Châu Cecilia Nguyễn here for the company's origin story.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Fri, 18 Nov 2022 07:03:12 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25861-introducing-the-2-years-of-memories-travel-writing-competition
Meet Urbanist Travel, Saigoneer's Sister Company Bringing the World Closer to Vietnam http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25858-meet-urbanist-travel,-saigoneer-s-sister-company-bringing-the-world-closer-to-vietnam

Loyal readers might know Saigoneer as a home where all things fascinating, whimsical and insightful about Vietnam are celebrated, but not many are aware that for the past years, we have been a tiny bit more than just writers. Two years ago, we officially welcomed our sister company Urbanist Travel into the family.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Yui Nguyễn. Top photo by Đỗ Anh Chương.) Wed, 26 Oct 2022 06:38:26 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25858-meet-urbanist-travel,-saigoneer-s-sister-company-bringing-the-world-closer-to-vietnam
The Hanoian Artisan Carving Intricate Reliefs From Leather to Make Book Covers http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25857-the-hanoian-artisan-carving-intricate-reliefs-from-leather-to-make-book-covers

The enduring pages in our history deserve book covers that match their significance.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Hải Yến. Photos courtesy of Diệu Linh.) Thu, 27 Oct 2022 07:54:01 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25857-the-hanoian-artisan-carving-intricate-reliefs-from-leather-to-make-book-covers
Need a Sign From the Universe? Lương Hữu Khánh Street Has Every Color, Shape, and Size. http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25851-saigon-luong-huu-khanh-sign-street-d1

Saigon is filled with addresses you aren’t looking for, announcements not aimed at you and signs for businesses you have no plans to frequent. Sign street demands delving into the oft-ignored.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Paul Christiansen. Photos by Lê Thái Hoàng Nguyên.) Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:29:13 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25851-saigon-luong-huu-khanh-sign-street-d1
A Brief History of Paris by Night, the Anchor of Vietnamese Culture Abroad http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25830-a-brief-history-of-paris-by-night,-the-anchor-of-vietnamese-culture-abroad

If home cuisine could satiate exilic tongues that resist strange flavors, art might condole with nostalgic hearts. Paris by Night is one such therapeutic art, or the hallmark of performing arts for Vietnamese communities across the globe. 

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Quynh H. Vo. Graphic by Hannah Hoàng.) Wed, 19 Oct 2022 00:02:46 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25830-a-brief-history-of-paris-by-night,-the-anchor-of-vietnamese-culture-abroad
In Đà Nẵng, a Vintage Money Aficionado Forgoes Professorship for Life in the Night Market http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25832-in-đà-nẵng,-a-vintage-money-aficionado-forgoes-professorship-for-life-in-the-night-market

What gives one’s life meaning? For some, it’s faith, family or art. For Trần Văn Nam, it’s money, but not in the way you probably imagine.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Paul Christiansen. Photos by Alberto Prieto.) Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:42:41 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25832-in-đà-nẵng,-a-vintage-money-aficionado-forgoes-professorship-for-life-in-the-night-market
'Đông Nam Bộ' Project Invites 14 Young Artists to Draw the History of Their Hometowns http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25828-đông-nam-bộ-project-invites-14-young-artists-to-draw-the-history-of-their-hometowns

“Đông Nam Bộ” is a collection of illustrations reflecting the culture, history and local charms of provinces in the Southeast Region of Vietnam. The artworks were all created by artists who live or grew up in the region.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Mầm and Khóa Fa.) Wed, 12 Oct 2022 09:36:06 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25828-đông-nam-bộ-project-invites-14-young-artists-to-draw-the-history-of-their-hometowns
Meet Chú Hai Bạc, Saigon's Veteran Vespa and Lambretta 'Doctor' http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25815-meet-chú-hai-bạc,-saigon-s-veteran-vespa-and-lambretta-doctor

Even in his 70s, Phan Văn Bạc — better known among friends and fans as chú Hai Bạc — is still getting his hands dirty every day working with engines, screws and bolts to take care of vintage Vespas and Lambrettas. Bạc is among a handful of veteran mechanics remaining in Saigon whose specialties are Vespas and Lambrettas.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Vương Anh. Photos by Lê Thái Hoàng Nguyên.) Thu, 06 Oct 2022 09:01:55 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25815-meet-chú-hai-bạc,-saigon-s-veteran-vespa-and-lambretta-doctor
Vietnam's Cultural Diversity via 3 Versions of Sọ Dừa in Kinh, Chăm, Raglai Folklore http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25810-vietnam-s-cultural-diversity-via-3-versions-of-sọ-dừa-in-kinh,-chăm,-raglai-folklore

On Sọ Dừa’s birth certificate, how should one fill in the “ethnic group” field?

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Yui Nguyễn. Illustrations by Hannah Hoàng and Hương Đỗ.) Thu, 29 Sep 2022 14:47:10 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25810-vietnam-s-cultural-diversity-via-3-versions-of-sọ-dừa-in-kinh,-chăm,-raglai-folklore
In Search of Recreation, Relaxation and Adventure in Đà Nẵng http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25737-in-search-of-recreation,-relaxation-and-adventure-in-đà-nẵng

Serene nature? Thrilling activities? Cultural insights? World-class cuisine and vibrant nightlife? Everyone has different priorities when going on vacation, and a few special places in Vietnam can accommodate almost all of them. Saigoneer recently traveled to Đà Nẵng to see how many different experiences we could find.

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guionbajotal@gmail.com (Saigoneer) Wed, 21 Sep 2022 10:20:51 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25737-in-search-of-recreation,-relaxation-and-adventure-in-đà-nẵng
Đợi Kiều: A New Creative Project Examines 'Truyện Kiều' With Fresh Eyes http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25763-đợi-kiều-a-new-creative-project-examines-truyện-kiều-with-fresh-eyes

In an effort to facilitate new discussion and appreciation of Vietnam’s national epic poem The Tale of Kiều, this September, the team behind YUME - Art Project is launching a series of events titled “Đợi Kiều” (Waiting for Kiều). The initiative comprises the minishow “Thư gửi cung mây,” the seminar “Truyện Kiều - Ca dao & Hồn Việt,” and a contemporary cải lương performance titled “Đợi Kiều.”

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Fri, 09 Sep 2022 07:10:23 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25763-đợi-kiều-a-new-creative-project-examines-truyện-kiều-with-fresh-eyes
The Peculiar Gender Dynamics of Hanoi's Male-Dominated Cờ Tướng Scene http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/24820-the-peculiar-gender-dynamics-of-hanoi-s-male-dominated-cờ-tướng-scene

On a sunset wander through Hanoi, you may be surprised by the peculiar sight of men haphazardly perched in nooks and crannies playing the ancient game of xiangqi.

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matatarski@gmail.com (Elise Luong. Photos by Alberto Prieto.) Tue, 06 Sep 2022 09:26:28 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/24820-the-peculiar-gender-dynamics-of-hanoi-s-male-dominated-cờ-tướng-scene
Illustration Series 'Phố Trong Hộp' Preserves Our Street Corners in a Tin Can http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25754-illustration-series-phố-trong-hộp-preserves-our-street-corners-in-a-tin-can

The cheeky illustration project “Phố Trong Hộp” (City in a Box) was conceived when its author Khánh Băng started merging Vietnam’s quaint street corners with some of the country’s most iconic FMCG products.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Khang Phạm. Illustrations courtesy of Khánh Băng.) Mon, 05 Sep 2022 10:30:15 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25754-illustration-series-phố-trong-hộp-preserves-our-street-corners-in-a-tin-can
Exploring Đà Nẵng’s Potential for Family-Friendly Vacations http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25739-exploring-đà-nẵng’s-potential-for-family-friendly-vacations

Being surrounded by the laughter of one’s family while enjoying a carefree vacation may be one of life’s greatest pleasures, but it takes some coordination to make everyone involved happy. Thanks to its convenient natural beauty, modern entertainment options and diverse dining offerings, Đà Nẵng represents an ideal destination for families of all ages to explore, play and rest.

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guionbajotal@gmail.com (Saigoneer) Fri, 16 Sep 2022 08:32:18 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25739-exploring-đà-nẵng’s-potential-for-family-friendly-vacations
OHQUAO Lifts Young Designers to the Forefront of Vietnam's Creative Presence http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25708-ohquao-lifts-young-designers-to-the-forefront-of-vietnam-s-creative-presence

“What we wanted was to bring iconic images of Vietnam to a global audience — metal doors, plastic stools, cà phê sữa and at the same time use these as tools for people to become connected,” said Hoa Phạm, co-founder of Saigon-based creative outlet OHQUAOThe content creator, along with her husband, illustrator Simon Phan, has invested the last five years of their time, energy, and money into creating and scaling this desire into a brand.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Garrett MacLean. Photos by Lê Thái Hoàng Nguyên.) Thu, 18 Aug 2022 14:18:37 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25708-ohquao-lifts-young-designers-to-the-forefront-of-vietnam-s-creative-presence
Ghosts and Other Myths: How Vietnam Celebrates the 7th Lunar Month http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/19162-ghosts-and-other-myths-how-vietnam-celebrates-the-7th-lunar-month

In Vietnamese customs, the lunar month of July contains many special days of worship and celebration, with various traditions.

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matatarski@gmail.com (Hoàng Hạnh Phương. Top photo by Alberto Prieto. Illustrations by Hannah Hoàng.) Mon, 15 Aug 2022 07:13:21 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/19162-ghosts-and-other-myths-how-vietnam-celebrates-the-7th-lunar-month
Khánh Hợi, Incomparable Cải Lương Icon of Northern Vietnam, Passes Away at 100 http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25702-khánh-hợi,-incomparable-cải-lương-icon-of-northern-vietnam,-passes-away-at-100

Earlier this month, Merited Artist (NSƯT) Khánh Hợi passed away in Hanoi at 100 years old. She was a cải lương legend with enthralling roles that shall live on in the heart of the community. 

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Fri, 12 Aug 2022 05:56:03 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25702-khánh-hợi,-incomparable-cải-lương-icon-of-northern-vietnam,-passes-away-at-100
Japan-Vietnam Football Manga 'Sơn Goal!' Releases 1st Volume in Vietnamese http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25691-japan-vietnam-football-manga-sơn-goal-releases-1st-volume-in-vietnamese

If Captain Tsubasa was a treasured part of your childhood, perhaps you can give Sơn Goal! a try. 

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Thu, 04 Aug 2022 07:37:52 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25691-japan-vietnam-football-manga-sơn-goal-releases-1st-volume-in-vietnamese
From Oral Lore to a Mini Encyclopedia of Folk Demons, Ghosts, and Restless Spirits http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25690-from-oral-lore-to-a-mini-encyclopedia-of-vietnam-s-folk-demons,-ghosts,-and-restless-spirits

River entities hiding the bodies of drowned victims, spectral ma lai whose head and guts hover in the air, ma trành spirits luring unassuming victims into the path of tigers, or the ghosts of a family with consecutive deaths — these are just some ghastly myths from Vietnamese folklore that the Ma Quỷ Dân Gian Ký project (The Chronicle of Folk Spirits) was inspired by.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Ann Ann. Images courtesy of Duy Văn.) Mon, 08 Aug 2022 04:19:10 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25690-from-oral-lore-to-a-mini-encyclopedia-of-vietnam-s-folk-demons,-ghosts,-and-restless-spirits
The Punishing, Breathtaking, and Fulfilling 14 Days in Nepal to Reach Everest Base Camp http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25675-the-punishing,-breathtaking,-and-fulfilling-14-days-in-nepal-to-reach-everest-base-camp

Our trek to Everest Base Camp from Lukla begins on the first days of summer. Just two weeks into May, throngs of mountain climbers have already congregated here, despite the bitter cold, striving to conquer Earth’s highest base camp.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Quang Hiệu Đặng. Photos by Quang Hiệu Đặng.) Tue, 26 Jul 2022 04:17:04 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25675-the-punishing,-breathtaking,-and-fulfilling-14-days-in-nepal-to-reach-everest-base-camp
Banana Island Is a Peaceful Oasis Amid Hanoi, but for How Much Longer? http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25364-banana-island-is-a-peaceful-oasis-amid-hanoi,-but-for-how-much-longer

As the xe ôm is about to reach the halfway point of Long Biên Bridge, I tell him to stop.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Linh Pham. Photos by Alberto Prieto and Linh Pham.) Fri, 22 Jul 2022 04:04:48 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25364-banana-island-is-a-peaceful-oasis-amid-hanoi,-but-for-how-much-longer
An Exploration of H'Mông Fashion Through the Eyes of a Young H'Mông Curator http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25667-an-exploration-of-h-mông-fashion-through-the-eyes-of-a-young-h-mông-curator

Combining elements of the traditional and the modern, Hnubflower and her collaborators have brought to life a project to recreate the fashion of many H’Mông communities in provinces across Vietnam.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Hải Yến. Photos courtesy of Hnubflower.) Fri, 22 Jul 2022 03:50:19 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25667-an-exploration-of-h-mông-fashion-through-the-eyes-of-a-young-h-mông-curator
The Collector Preserving Decades of Saigon History, From Vintage Brands to Pandemic Memories http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25666-the-collector-preserving-decades-of-saigon-history,-from-vintage-brands-to-pandemic-memories

"A Việt Kiều customer living in France paid me a visit. She looked at my sofa and started tearing up because its design was so similar to one she had in her childhood home. She said she missed home and missed those days a lot,” Huỳnh Minh Hiệp, the owner of Lúa Cafe, says.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Như Quỳnh. Photos by Lê Thái Hoàng Nguyên.) Wed, 20 Jul 2022 10:03:11 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25666-the-collector-preserving-decades-of-saigon-history,-from-vintage-brands-to-pandemic-memories
Officials Announce (Yet Another) Plan to Restore Historic Đà Lạt-Tháp Chàm Railway http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25664-officials-announce-yet-another-plan-to-restore-historic-đà-lạt-tháp-chàm-railway

The 84-km railway line connecting Đà Lạt and Tháp Chàm (Phan Rang) was built between 1908 and 1932 and abandoned in 1976.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Wed, 20 Jul 2022 05:33:41 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25664-officials-announce-yet-another-plan-to-restore-historic-đà-lạt-tháp-chàm-railway
New EP 'Gen Z và Trịnh' Released to Promote Upcoming Trịnh Công Sơn Biopics http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25588-new-ep-gen-z-và-trịnh-released-to-promote-upcoming-trịnh-công-sơn-biopics

To promote two upcoming Trịnh Công Sơn biopics, the production team collaborated with Universal Music Vietnam to release an extended play (EP) of Trịnh Công Sơn classics performed by young musicians.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Fri, 10 Jun 2022 05:20:50 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25588-new-ep-gen-z-và-trịnh-released-to-promote-upcoming-trịnh-công-sơn-biopics
Rec Tour Returns This July With Month Full of Live Music Across Central Vietnam http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25580-rec-tour-returns-this-july-with-month-full-of-live-music-across-central-vietnam

From a humble audio recording studio, Rec Room went from a small close-knit community of like-minded music lovers to organizing multi-event live performance tours spanning provinces.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Tue, 07 Jun 2022 07:57:52 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25580-rec-tour-returns-this-july-with-month-full-of-live-music-across-central-vietnam
New Mộc Châu Bridge Enters Guinness Records as World's Longest Glass Bridge http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25578-new-mộc-châu-bridge-enters-guinness-records-as-world-s-longest-glass-bridge

This dizzying bridge is not for the faint-hearted.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Tue, 07 Jun 2022 01:59:19 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25578-new-mộc-châu-bridge-enters-guinness-records-as-world-s-longest-glass-bridge
Vietnam Halts Covid-19 Test Requirement for International Travelers From May 15 http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25532-vietnam-halts-covid-19-test-requirement-for-international-travelers-from-may-15

Were those nose swabs all a dream?

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paul@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Alberto Prieto.) Mon, 16 May 2022 09:47:31 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25532-vietnam-halts-covid-19-test-requirement-for-international-travelers-from-may-15
How Châu Đốc's Chăm Muslim Community Celebrates Ramadan http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25499-how-châu-đốc-s-chăm-muslim-community-celebrates-ramadan

Vietnam's recent four-day holiday coincided with observations of Ramadan this year.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Joanik Bellalou. Photos by Joanik Bellalou.) Mon, 16 May 2022 07:18:21 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25499-how-châu-đốc-s-chăm-muslim-community-celebrates-ramadan
Here Are the Fabulous Finalists of Miss Universe's National Costume Design Competition http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25523-here-are-the-fabulous-finalists-of-miss-universe-s-national-costume-design-competition

From feng shui to bánh tráng trộn, the chosen designers find their inspiration everywhere. 

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Thu, 12 May 2022 05:53:06 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/25523-here-are-the-fabulous-finalists-of-miss-universe-s-national-costume-design-competition
Vọng Cảnh, the Picturesque Hill in Huế That Even Emperors Cherished http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25470-vọng-cảnh,-the-picturesque-hill-in-huế-that-even-emperors-cherished

The poetic Hương River flows calmly, the fresh air and breeze whisper through the lush pine forest, a coming sunset colors the peaceful natural spectacle. All of this can be experienced during a late-afternoon visit to Huế's Vọng Cảnh Hill.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Tran Duy Minh. Photos by Tran Duy Minh.) Mon, 16 May 2022 06:57:50 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25470-vọng-cảnh,-the-picturesque-hill-in-huế-that-even-emperors-cherished
Thai Rapper Eats Mango Sticky Rice During Coachella Set, Wins Our Hearts http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25460-thai-rapper-eats-mango-sticky-rice-during-coachella-set,-wins-our-hearts

Maybe Suboi can eat a plate of cơm tấm during her next performance.

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matatarski@gmail.com (Saigoneer.) Wed, 20 Apr 2022 08:18:27 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25460-thai-rapper-eats-mango-sticky-rice-during-coachella-set,-wins-our-hearts
Marvel at These Ceramic Boots Created by Legendary Bát Tràng Artisan Vũ Đức Thắng http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25445-marvel-at-these-ceramic-boots-created-by-legendary-bát-tràng-artisan-vũ-đức-thắng

"The Bát Tràng Ceramic Boots. An Inspiration from Italy" exhibition will feature 12 ceramic boots created by artisan Vũ Đức Thắng, who blended Italian fashion and Bát Tràng craft traditions.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Tue, 19 Apr 2022 09:49:27 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/25445-marvel-at-these-ceramic-boots-created-by-legendary-bát-tràng-artisan-vũ-đức-thắng
Local Photographer Recreates Mai Trung Thứ Paintings in Fashion Shoot http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/21055-local-photographer-recreates-mai-trung-thứ-paintings-in-fashion-shoot

In hopes of recreating the paintings of silk master Mai Trung Thứ, photographer Minh Sơn and his collaborators have done something extraordinary with this photo collection. The resulting works bear striking resemblance to their painted predecessors and have taken Vietnam’s social media by storm recently.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Ann Ann. Photos courtesy of Minh Sơn.) Thu, 14 Apr 2022 08:21:54 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/21055-local-photographer-recreates-mai-trung-thứ-paintings-in-fashion-shoot
Mythology, History, and Supernaturals Mingle in the World of 'Lĩnh Nam Chích Quái' http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/21051-mythology,-history,-and-supernaturals-mingle-in-the-world-of-lĩnh-nam-chích-quái

Lĩnh Nam Chích Quái was one of Vietnam’s first anthologies written in Hán characters in prose form. It’s a collection of 22 folk tales, mythologies, and legends surrounding the origin story of the Vietnamese civilization, how our ancestors built and defended our sovereignty, and a myriad of ancient customs and spiritual folk beliefs.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Nhi Phạm. Photos by Alberto Prieto.) Wed, 13 Apr 2022 02:17:52 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/21051-mythology,-history,-and-supernaturals-mingle-in-the-world-of-lĩnh-nam-chích-quái
Japanese Mobile Game 'Fate Grand Order' Unveils Hai Bà Trưng as Playable Heroines http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/21047-japanese-mobile-game-fate-grand-order-unveils-hai-bà-trưng-as-playable-heroines

Time for all Vietnamese Masters to save their Saint Quartz.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Thế Anh.) Tue, 12 Apr 2022 11:53:02 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/21047-japanese-mobile-game-fate-grand-order-unveils-hai-bà-trưng-as-playable-heroines
Handbook Project Empowers Local Communities to Write Their Own Cultural Narratives http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/21024-handbook-project-empowers-local-communities-to-write-their-own-cultural-narratives

“No one could sing our song but ourselves.” — Inrasra, Chăm poet and anthropologist.

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uyendo@urbanistvietnam.com (Ann Ann. Photos courtesy of Giang Phạm, Bạch Tùng and Lê Dũng.) Thu, 07 Apr 2022 09:50:17 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/21024-handbook-project-empowers-local-communities-to-write-their-own-cultural-narratives
Photography Exhibition Spotlights the Beauty and Perils of Vietnam's Mangrove Forests http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/21028-photography-exhibition-spotlights-the-beauty-and-perils-of-vietnam-s-mangrove-forests

Transcending the boundaries of a conventional art exhibition, “Midnight in the Mangroves - Đêm Trong Rừng Ngập Mặn” tackles the beauty and important environmental role of mangrove forests via the language of photography.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Images courtesy of Chiron Duong.) Tue, 05 Apr 2022 05:20:39 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/21028-photography-exhibition-spotlights-the-beauty-and-perils-of-vietnam-s-mangrove-forests
New App ConstructionBnB Helps You Explore Vietnam's Beautiful Construction Sites http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25427-new-app-constructionbnb-helps-you-explore-vietnam-s-beautiful-construction-sites

If you live in Vietnam, chances are you live next to a construction site: hotels, condos, shopping centers, etc. But why see the same old site every day when there are so many different ones out there to experience?

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hoangnguyenlethai@gmail.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Linh Pham) Wed, 20 Apr 2022 03:26:51 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/25427-new-app-constructionbnb-helps-you-explore-vietnam-s-beautiful-construction-sites
Thanh Hóa Announces Mắm Tôm-Drinking Contest to Lure International Tourists http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/21022-thanh-hóa-announces-mắm-tôm-drinking-contest-to-lure-international-tourists

How much mắm tôm can you chug?

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matatarski@gmail.com (Saigoneer.) Fri, 01 Apr 2022 04:15:22 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-travel/21022-thanh-hóa-announces-mắm-tôm-drinking-contest-to-lure-international-tourists
Party Like It's 1985: A New Mixtape Resurrects Vintage Vietnamese New Wave Bangers http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/21019-party-like-it-s-1985-a-new-mixtape-resurrects-vintage-vietnamese-new-wave-bangers

Born of the vivacity and flashiness of the 1980s, a novel wave of music once became the symbol for a whole generation of Vietnamese, and then faded into obscurity at its peak. It took over two decades for this golden era to resurface thanks to the efforts of young musicians.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Uyên Đỗ. Top image by Simona Nguyễn.) Thu, 31 Mar 2022 02:24:53 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-music-art/21019-party-like-it-s-1985-a-new-mixtape-resurrects-vintage-vietnamese-new-wave-bangers
In Hòa Bình, a Social Enterprise Supports Vietnam's Last Remaining Paper Artisans http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/21010-in-hòa-bình,-a-social-enterprise-supports-vietnam-s-last-remaining-paper-artisans

As aid to Vietnamese communities decreases, how do we continue to preserve cultural heritage? Zó Project, an organization based out of Hanoi, offers a compelling example of the role social enterprise can play in Vietnam.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Claire Harvey.) Sat, 16 Apr 2022 07:41:36 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-culture/21010-in-hòa-bình,-a-social-enterprise-supports-vietnam-s-last-remaining-paper-artisans