Vo Viet Chung deconstructs the traditional ao dai

If you were watching the 2015 New York Couture Fashion Week earlier this year, you’d probably have been intrigued by the sole Asian collection featured out of those 300 that were showcased at the event. Vo Viet Chung, who is popularly thought of as Vietnam’s foremost ao dai designer, presented a total of 30 jet-black … Read more

Mommy Dearest: A shoebox baby searches for a happy ending

It was April 1975, the final month of the American War, and US President Gerald Ford had a plan, codenamed Operation Babylift. Ahead of approaching North Vietnamese soldiers, displaced Vietnamese infants and children, in particular, mixed race children, were to be evacuated to adoptive families waiting in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. Eventually, more … Read more

Is marriage a legal prerequisite to cohabitation?

Dear Marijn, My name is Simon and until very recently I was enjoying Ho Chi Minh City life as a single foreign language teacher. Things have changed since I met this wonderful Vietnamese girl. I think she could be the love of my life! But now that I want her to come live with me … Read more

Restaurant Review: Sushi Dining AOI

Most everyone knows what sushi is and that it comes from Japan. What many probably don’t know is that the original sushi, called nare-zushi, originated in Southeast Asia somewhere along the banks of the Mekong. Nare-zushi is still prepared today in Japan, but bears little resemblance to what is recognized internationally as sushi. A man … Read more

Resort Review: Nha Trang’s Diamond Bay Resort & Spa

The year was 2008. Barack Obama became America’s first Black president, Usain Bolt took home the double-double and Michael Phelps racked up eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics and No Country for Old Men cleaned up at the Oscars. That year also marked Diamond Bay Resort & Spa in Nha Trang putting Vietnam on … Read more

Model Behavior – Interview with Ha Anh

She is a supermodel, author, UNICEF Vietnam Goodwill Ambassador, singer and television host, but who is the real Ha Anh? As the lights above the catwalk begin to sparkle, the evening’s big names strut forward in pairs, all leather and dusky cottons and denims. It’s launch night for Harley-Davidson’s Black Label fashion line – and … Read more