Human Connections

At Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, the staff shines as brightly as the resort itself Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam (www.fourseasons.com/hoian) is a place of unparalleled luxury, but the resorts seems to know its distinction lies elsewhere. In a catalogue of their locations around the world, a thick volume that includes pictures of all its global locations from … Read more

Cat Lives Matter

A refuge for stray and abandoned cats in Hoi An Since 2012, UK National and Hoi An Animal Welfare advocate Emma Bolton Nguyen has worked to create a better world for the city’s cats both through the animal shelter she operates alongside her husband and through educational work with local residents. Emma said one of … Read more

It Started With A Bang

Vietnamese independent horror film Chase is taking you on a ride Late one evening inside of an apartment nestled inside of that maze-like section of District 3 nested in the crook of Dien Bien Phu and Cach Mang Thang 8 streets, Quynh Anh moved quickly to strangle the thin young man on the couch with … Read more

The Paper Tigers

CW-Top: Gui Da Silva, Greene Yoshi Sudarso, Peter Sudarso, Roger Yuan An independent kung fu film about three guys who are one kick away from pulling their hamstrings In making his martial arts film The Paper Tigers, Vietnamese- American writer/director/editor Tran Quoc Bao is thinking about more than just who punches who. The film’s fighters … Read more

Turning The Tables

Homegrown Vietnamese DJs are stepping up to the international stage thanks to a DJ contest called Mix Us Happy Six months ago, 20-year- old Duc Hoang started learning how to DJ for the first time as a hobby, a nice change of pace from his work as a public relations student. Last weekend, he performed under his stage name Dazed P playing for … Read more

The Blade Master

Hiroshi Takeuchi has quietly built a reputation as the knife-sharpening guru in the country Chefs and most food preparers working in the restaurant industry will regularly sharpen their knives using a metal rod. The rod’s surface is coarse, and rubbing the knife against it files a sharper cut into the blade. To save time (and maybe … Read more

Floating Through Life

Saigon’s past and present relationship with canals Imagine for a second that Nguyen Hue, the wide promenade leading up to the vibrant, stately People’s Committee headquarters, is not the pedestrian-rich strolling area that it is today, but a giant harbor filled with commercial boats shipping fruits and other goods. That’s a pretty close approximation of … Read more

Ride On, Brother

A custom bike built to commemorate a loved one who has passed Huy Mai’s custom built bike—dubbed the Cubu (pronounced “koo-boo”)—is a perfect demonstration of how two people can look at the same thing and see something completely different. To the casual observer, the beastly custom bike can look something like Optimus Prime, an unapologetically … Read more

Trapped By The Boat

Questioning when to protect and when to abandon “tradition” As a last concluding project in the Australia International School’s international baccalaureate arts program, students must show at the student art show that ends the school year. A substantial portion of their grade, the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Exhibition is a serious visual arts showcase that … Read more

Deep Rooted Solutions

How Mangrove forests can protect the coastal areas and rice fields of the Mekong Delta from storms and flooding It seems like the time of dramatic pronouncements of climate forecasts: a United Nations report released in October said humans have just over a decade left to reverse the course on climate change, and this should … Read more