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Saigoneer Podcast: Vietnam's Unheralded Women & the Creators of Melon Bê Đê

Our latest episode is out now!

In honor of International Women's Day, we begin this week (1:19) by sharing stories of Vietnamese women from throughout history who haven't received the recognition we think they deserve. From a 15th century Confucian scholar to a contemporary poet, Vietnamese women have a fascinating, often overlooked history.

Then (21:24), we sit down with Hong Anh Nguyen, Truong Que Phuong and Doan Kim Thu, the creators of the YouTube series Melon Bê Đê, for an extended conversation about their personal experiences as queer women in Vietnam. They discuss the importance of lesbians getting STD tests, the challenges of bringing the foreign and Vietnamese lesbian communities together, why they decided to begin their conversational series on queer life, and much more.

Check out their YouTube channel for more.

As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (1:08:57).

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Let us know what you think of the show, and have a great week!

Here are some links to topics discussed in the episode:

Quarantine Cooking: Finding Relief From Coronavirus Anxiety in the Kitchen (New Yorker)

The Story Behind Cho Ba Chieu (Saigoneer)

Wipe or Wash? Do Bidets Save Forest and Water Resources? (Scientific American)