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Saigoneer Podcast: English as an Official Language; Vietnam Cliches in Foreign Media; and Food Writer Soleil Ho

We're back in your podcast feed with a packed episode!

We begin (1:16) with a discussion on what it would mean for English to be named Vietnam's second national language, as recently mentioned at a conference on startups and tech innovation in Hanoi.

Then (12:28), we break down several clichés about Vietnam that we're frustrated to see in international media. These include an over-reliance on war references, simplistic food coverage and contrived tourism sites.

Our interview guest (23:26) is Soleil Ho, the San Francisco Chronicle's new food critic and co-host of the Racist Sandwich podcast. We talked to Soleil via Skype about her background, her rise to food writing prominence in the US, cultural appropriation in food and much more.

As always, we end with Banh Mi Banter (51:49).

Listen to this episode through the SoundCloud link below, or find the Saigoneer Podcast and subscribe via Spotify, Google Podcasts or the Apple podcast app.

Have a great week!


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