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in Literature

A Portrait of Loss, Growth and Adaptation in New Orleans' Vietnamese Community

When it comes to the Vietnamese diaspora in the United States, everyone knows about California’s huge community.

in Film & TV

Q&A: An Interview With 'Raya and the Last Dragon' Co-Writer Qui Nguyen

When Disney’s  Raya and the Last Dragon  was released in March, it was a cultural milestone for Southeast Asians...

in Quãng 8

The Marriage of Electronic and Folk Instruments in DJ Teddy Chilla's Music

DJ and producer Teddy Chilla is among a few artists in the current music scene who are known to experiment with Vietnamese traditional music in their electronic works.

in Culture

A Lotus 'Startup' in Hanoi Goes Back to Its Roots

For Lã Quang Khanh, a resident of Me Linh District, the term khởi nghiệp, or startup, has nothing to do with technology.

in Culture

Inside the Extravaganza Using Literature to Highlight Hoi An History

Directed by writer Nguyễn Quang Vinh, “Hội An Show – Gratitude” was launched last month in the central Vietnam town. It featured 150 artists portraying the history of the ancient town via stories of Hoi An silk, bài chòi folk art, and Cham culture during major events — such as the re-establishment of trading in Hoi An in the 18th century through the beginning of the 20th century and naval warfare between villagers and sea monsters based on the Tale of Cầu Chùa.

in Ton-sur-Ton

Kilomet109's Thảo Vũ: 'Clothing Is a Language That You Can Write With'

In October last year, eco-fashion label Kilomet109 launched its latest collection “Miên.” Designer Thảo Vũ sat down with u...

in Travel

The Vietnamese Filmmaker Turning Travelogues Into Cinematic Spectacles

Kop Dinh is a professional travel videographer whose YouTube channel has become a trusted online platform among young viewers thanks to carefully crafted videos showcasing Vietnam’s famed places of interest. The channel is also a great place for aspiring videographers to learn more about the trade thanks to its guides on filmmaking techniques and video editing, as well as equipment recommendation for both amateurs and pros.

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in Music & Arts

29 Letters. 29 Artists. A Cultural Journey Across Vietnam's History and Geography.

“Quoc Tu” features a plethora of images familiar to Vietnamese, from folk games and legends to more recent cultural artifacts such as the Flappy Bird game or Da Nang’s famous golden bridge.

in Music & Arts

A Vietnamese Curator Is the Latest Victim of Discrimination Due to Coronavirus

Discrimination against people of Asian descent has increased with the spread of the coronavirus.

in Music & Arts

[Video] Tanita Tikaram's Music Video Offers a Peek Into Vietnam in 1995

Tanita Tikaram is a British singer-songwriter who had commercial success in Europe with her debut album Ancient Heart and singles such as 'Twist in My Sobriety' and Good Tradition' in 1988.

in Postcards

Saigon Postcard No. 22: Feline Obstruction

If one needs further proof of cats' superiority to humans, one simply needs to consider their response to Saigon's perpetually stalled public transportation plans.

in Music & Arts

[Video] This V-Pop Song About Coronavirus Is Going Viral

Besides school closures and dragon fruit bánh mì, the Covid-19 epidemic has also inspired a plethora of whimsical coronavirus-themed songs, videos and parodies.

in Music & Arts

In 'Tình Tính Tang,' a Progressive Metal Take on Vietnam's Folk Melodies

‘Trong Com’ is unassuming; ‘Trong Com’ is simple and easy to memorize; much like its namesake — a small drum played during traditional ceremonies, the song evokes an idealized image of Vietnam, one th...

in Culture

[Photos] Life in the Time of the Masks and Coronavirus

These are strange times we're all living in.

in Arts & Culture

Saigoneer Podcast: Nhậu's Social Norms and the Impact of Ongoing School Closures

Our latest episode is out now!

in Music & Arts

Vietnam's Buddhist Temples, Now in Typographical Form

Rendered under the elaborate, rotund graphemes of Den typeface, every sentence becomes a slice of street scenery.

in In Plain Sight

An Ode to Saigon’s Chò Nâu Trees

t’s too cold for chò nâu to grow where I’m from, but we still gave it an English name: dipterocarp.

in Film & TV

Trinh Cong Son Biopic 'Em Va Trinh' to Start Filming in 2020

The biopic will be produced by the same producer as Mat Biec, the movie adaptation of the Nguyen Nhat Anh novel of the same name.

in Arts & Culture

Saigoneer Podcast: After the Success of 'Parasite,' a Look at Asian, Vietnamese Cinema

Our latest episode is available now!

in In Plain Sight

In Defense of Bảo Tàng Địa Chất, Saigon's Most Neglected Museum

By (un)conventional standards, Saigon’s Geological Museum may warrant a score of 1.3/9, but if one considers it as a source of whimsy, it’s a solid 8.2/9.

in Culture

[Photos] In Warsaw, Homemade Thịt Kho Trứng for the Homeless

The Vietnamese community in Poland started to form in the 1950s, and to this day, most of its residents are very active in Poland.

in Arts & Culture

Saigoneer Podcast: The Coronavirus Outbreak and New Drunk Driving Laws

We're back from the Tet holiday!

in Film & TV

[Photos] Japan Releases New Sketches of Upcoming Ghibli Theme Park

A cafeteria containing Spirited Away's ghostly food stalls, a full-size version of the house where Mei and Satsuki lived when they first met Totoro, and an interactive version of the Irontown tha...

in Culture

An Artist's Intimate Portraits of Genderfunk's Collective Energy

The collective of drag artists and performers known as Genderfunk has been creating safe spaces for local queer creatives and blowing the minds of Saigon’s denizens for nearly two years, and they are ...

in Music & Arts

The Window-Bound, Unfussy View of Vietnam on the North-South Railway

Traveling on the Reunification Express from Saigon to Hanoi feels like a ride through history and time.

in Film & TV

Netflix Star Comic Iliza Shlesinger to Perform in Saigon, Hanoi This Month

American stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger gained popularity after she became the first woman and the youngest comedian to win NBC’s talent competition Last Comic Standing.

in Literature

Two Vietnam Poems by Hoa Nguyen, Inspired by Saigon Ghost Stories

Vietnam Ghost Story: High School Clock Tower and Vietnam Ghost Story: Towers of District 5