Vietnam and Italy have deepened cooperation since the establishment of bilateral  diplomatic ties 45 years ago Italy and Vietnam celebrated their 45th year of formal diplomatic relations in 2018, but that milestone will almost surely be overshadowed by the ratification of an economic agreement that will effectively end taxation of imports between the two, which … Read more

Sistema Italia

An interview with Consul General of Italy in Ho Chi Minh City Dante Brandi When a younger Dante Brandi left a month-long internship in 2001 with the Italian embassy in Hanoi, he walked away with the impression of a country fueled by powerful aspirations.“I couldn’t predict at the time what would eventually become Vietnam,” he said. “The big impression I had was about the … Read more

It’s Alive! It’s Alive!

Meet Manuel Reale, winner of the World Championship Pizza in Parma 2017 and passionate spokesman for dough Before Pizza Reale Chef and owner Manuel Reale fires his pizzas, the dough must be awoken from its slumber. But gently. “Pizza dough is alive,” Reale said matter of factly. The note is characteristic of Reale’s broader views that food is not inert. Precooked dough needs to rest … Read more

Keyboard Warriors

The rise of the digital athlete An important confrontation will have a critical flashpoint inside of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. No, we’re not talking about the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. The leaders will be long gone by the time Vietnam hosts a League of Legends championship in May. The game’s 2019 Mid-Season Invitational will … Read more

Forgotten Voices

A revival of Saigon’s golden age of music It might be Dance Club Arcan’s unique interior decoration and it’s oddly powerful soundproofing that always makes it feel like another world when you walk up to the venue from the quiet, otherwise unassuming homey Binh Thanh neighborhood it’s nested within. The night Saigon Sound Revival played and the club’s massive sliding front glass door opened, releasing … Read more

A Fighting Family

We break the first–and second–rule of this fight club to let you in on where to throw jabs, hooks and uppercuts, and get strong physically and mentally in no time “Good Martial Arts is not about going out and kicking ass,” professional fighter and Victory MMA International owner Victor Georgsen said. “It’s about, ‘Can you be an inspiration, can you be an idol.’ … Read more