Saigon’s soundtrack is unmistakable. Drills. Hammers. Machines at work. On every block, around every corner, the city is being razed and remodeled making way for renovation and growth. This onslaught of urbanization and globalization is leaving lasting impressions on Saigon’s future. But what will become of the precarious dance between old and new? Can there be a balance? What are the costs of Saigon’s inevitable progress? With every shiny skyscraper, tradition fades a bit more. The future is here. What will Saigon choose as its identity?

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Images and Text by Lee Starnes