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Saigoneer Podcast: Our Take on 'The Bachelor'; Western Holidays in Vietnam; Combating Human Trafficking

Episode 33 of the Saigoneer Podcast is available now!

This week we begin (1:14) with our take on the recently concluded first season of The Bachelor Vietnam. Did the show manage to escape the misogynistic shadow of its American parent? What do we make of how the unexpected same-sex love storyline was portrayed?

Then (11:15) we take a look at manifestations of western holidays such as Halloween and Christmas that are celebrated by growing numbers of Vietnamese every year. What does it mean when these days are celebrated without much of their traditional context?

Our interview guest (21:49) is Mimi Vu, Director of Advocacy and Partnerships at the Pacific Links Foundation, an American NGO which provides financial and organizational support for individuals and groups working to help Vietnamese victims of human trafficking. We discuss some of the harrowing realities of trafficking victims, as well as a few success stories of women who have been rescued from this illegal trade.

As always, we end with Banh Mi Banter (43:22).

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