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Saigon Postcard No. 20: Ephemeral Holiday Feelings

Soft lights illuminate Saigon's dark alleys and streets the way holiday cheer brightens the lamentations for another year passing.

in Music & Arts

Year in Review: Saigoneer's 20 Picks for Best Vietnamese Music of 2019

In a nutshell, 2019 has been a year of milestones, blurring of genres and retrospection for Vietnamese music.

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Saigon Independent Art Space San Art Launches Fundraising Exhibition This Month

Founded in 2007 by four artists including Dinh Q. Le, Tiffany Chung, Tuan Andrew Nguyen and Ha Thuc Phu Nam, the space is one of Saigon’s pioneer independent, non-profit and artist-initiated art platforms.

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What's Inside the Eclectic Sets of Coracle Music Festival's 2nd Edition?

Perfect weather, a beautiful setting and great acts — what more do you need from a music festival?

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In 'Method,' Performers Explore Contemporary Dance's Universe of Movements

On the day of my visit, the dancers of ‘Method’ were practicing an exercise that involves many people crashing into each other before they all proceed to fall to the ground; their movements resemble vehicles falling into pieces after an accident.

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[Video] The Effortlessly Cool Longboarders Conquering Saigon Sidewalks in Áo Dài

Have you ever seen something so effortlessly kickass?

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[Video] A Day in the Life of an Ordinary Schoolgirl in Saigon

What might life be like for a public school student in Saigon who hails from a less well-off family?

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Saigoneer Bookshelf: Americana Through a Vietnamese Lens in 'Butterfly Yellow'

“Read what you don’t know because if you can already imagine it, then you can already imagine it; but if you can’t, then open up something that reveals a world you can’t imagine and then suddenly you’re like, 'oh wow.'” 

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Nguyen Van Thong, Who Captured Thich Quang Duc’s Self-Immolation, Dies at 94

Although American photojournalist Malcolm Browne is famous for his photos capturing the historical moment in 1963, Browne wasn’t the only one at the scene with a camera.

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Street Photographer Group to Host Saigon Photo Exhibition

The first edition of the Saigon Photo Walk (SPW) exhibition features eight photographers, showing eight different points of view and eight ways of looking at the same city.

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The Harrowing History of Vietnam's Rubber Plantations

"Oh it’s easy to go to the rubber and hard to return, / Men leave their corpses, women depart as ghosts."

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[Illustrations] Masashi Shimakawa Draws Snippets of Everyday Japanese Life In Colorful Complexion

Each artwork acts as a point through which viewers are transported to a different dimension of reality.

in Music & Arts

The Wholesome Encounter Between Kacey Musgraves and a Vietnamese-Run Vintage Photo Lab

A small mom-and-pop operation in Los Angeles got a massive publicity boost thanks to a happenstance visit from country music superstar Kacey Musgraves.

in Film & TV

Vietnam's First-Ever Series on Netflix Is a South Korean Remake

The Korean-made original series released in 2016 was a hit in South Korea and many other countries, including Vietnam.

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VietJet to Start Flying From Da Nang to Taipei in December

The low-cost carrier is currently operating eight routes connecting Saigon, Hanoi and Da Nang to four Taiwanese cities including Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

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[Photos] Tinker Tailor Painter Bike: The Quiet Life of Saigon's Older Residents

In this series of film photos taken by Saigon resident and coffee genius Hoang Trung Hieu, citizens of varying stripes are captured in spontaneous action. Some are working at restaurants, others ...

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A 'Lao Hac' Adaptation Will Be Vietnam's First Film Starring a Dog

Film adaptations of literary works have been among the most well-received cinematic features in Vietnam in recent years, so it’s natural that ‘Lao Hac’ is coming to the big screen soon.

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Saigoneer Podcast: 'The Tale of Kieu,' New Social Networks and Music Writer Thuc Dang

The jam-packed latest episode is online now!

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[Video] The Classic Tale of Mid-Autumn Retold Through Dazzling Visuals

The short animated animated short shimmers with millennial style and subversive salesmanship. 

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[Illustrations] An Illustrated Alphabet of Vietnam's Tropical Fruits

Varying climate patterns and geographical topography have bestowed Vietnam with an impressive biodiversity. From temperate fare hailing from the Central Highlands like avocados, coffee and strawberrie...

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Saigoneer Podcast: Historical What-Ifs and a Street Food Update

We've hit episode 60!

in Travel

Bamboo Airways Receives Nod to Expand Fleet Despite Financial Loss

According to a report from the Ministry of Finance, at the end of April this year, Bamboo Airways recorded a loss of US$14.2 million.

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Coracle Music Festival Returns to Ho Tram for Second Edition

After a successful first edition last year, the music festival will be held on the beach in Ho Tram for the second time November 29–30.

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VNA to Provide In-Flight WiFi Service Later This Year

What a time to be alive.

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Saigoneer Podcast: The Evolution of Pets in Vietnam; the Significance of 'Ghost Month'

We're back with a new episode!

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Saigon Postcard No. 18: The Legend of Turtle Lake

The name "Turtle Lake" has more mythic origins than merely suggesting the presence of aquatic reptiles.

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'Deviate' by Tran Thi NgH

The interplay between lust and creativity, origins of capricious desires and the relationship between art and artist: 'Deviate,' by Vietnamese-writer Tran Thi NgH explores a multitude of themes a...

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[Photos] Rare 20th-Century Dong Ho Paintings Depict a Society in Flux

The well-known woodcut folk paintings have always offered unique insights into the times during which they were produced.