A Tale of Two Traditions

The origin and evolution of Vietnamese traditional medicine The current historical (and hysterical?) moment has brought into sharp focus Vietnam’s northern neighbor, specifically a practice that feels almost occultish: the eating of exotic animals. It’s a custom that deserves context: Vietnam’s northern neighbor consumes animals reportedly for their healing or medicinal properties. Similarly, the Fito … Read more

Creating Extra Space

The real estate market in Vietnam is crowded. The self-storage industry, however, is growing What does the expression ‘self-storage’ make you think of? The term might evoke images of those storage units you would find in any US or European city, holding an overflow of personal belongings for several weeks, months or even years. For … Read more

The Walking Machine

Local metalworker Ly Minh Tien builds a spider-like walking machine to raise awareness on environmental issues A riddle: what has 12 legs, six on either side, and is made of metal? It’s not a metal spider, but that guess isn’t far off. A fitting comparison: “You know the movie Wild Wild West?”, its builder and … Read more

Listen

Entertaining and informative podcasts for bedtime, road trips and more Maybe it’s a vestige from podcasting’s older, more mature uncle radio broadcast that a listener might imagine their favorite show being created in a studio with everyone wearing arbitrarily large headphones speaking into microphones connected to audio engineering machines with hospital-level quality complexity. It might … Read more

Time for Taiwan

The A Mei Tea House in Jiufen—a three-storey restaurant done with an exterior of darkened wood fringed with red, bulbous lanterns on the building’s façade—is a sight to behold in its own regard. The pleasure is increased for fans of the Japanese animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki who will immediately identify the building’s uncanny similarity with … Read more

Seed to Shelf

A look inside one of the world’s largest agriculture companies It’s almost half the world’s pepper. It’s a sizable chunk of the world’s coffee and almonds, their cashews and dehydrated onions. But if you’re not an industry insider, the name Olam International (www.olamgroup.com) isn’t likely to ring a bell. “We’re probably one of the biggest … Read more