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Saigoneer Podcast: Tourist Attractions & Who They're For; The Debate Over 'Essential' Goods

A new episode of the Saigoneer Podcast is now available!

We begin this week (1:59) by looking at tourist attractions that have made headlines in recent years, such as the Zodiac animal statues with human genitalia in Hai Phong and the poorly proportioned Esla statue in Sa Pa. These can be easy to mock, but they do have fans and highlight some of the aspirations of people who might be traveling for the very first time.

Then (16:48), we discuss the debate over what constitutes an 'essential' good. Amid widespread lockdowns and transport restrictions, items such as a fridge and sanitary pads have been deemed "not essential", meaning they can't be shipped. Why have these policies created so much inconsistency?

As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (34:03).

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Links discussed in this episode:

Dozens of Tigers Rescued in Major Illegal Wildlife Busts (Vice World News)

The House on the Rock

The North Water trailer