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Saigoneer Podcast: Mooncakes and 'Rubber and the Making of Vietnam' Author Michitake Aso

The podcast is back after a two-week break!

On this week's episode, we begin ̣(1:22) with a chat about mooncakes, the traditional treats of the just-passed Mid-Autumn Festival. What do we make of new novelty varieties (Oreo mooncakes, anyone?), and where do these pastries stand in Vietnamese society in 2019?

Then (21:33), we speak to Michitake Aso, associate professor at the University of Albany-SUNY and author of the 2018 book Rubber and the Making of Vietnam. In this extended interview, Aso discusses the brutality of colonial-era rubber plantations in southern Vietnam, the environmental and social impacts this industry still has today, and more.

As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (1:09:20).

Listen to this episode through the SoundCloud link below, or subscribe to the podcast via Spotify, Google podcasts, Apple podcasts or your preferred podcast platform.

Leave a review letting us know what you think of the show, and have a great week!


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