They Got Game

In conversation with Jim Wong, NBA Asia Associate Vice President of Global Partnerships, on the Jr. NBA’s plan to promote basketball and an active lifestyle via youth programs in Vietnam How did you become involved with the program? What is your history with the organization?I’ve been with the NBA for six years. Shortly after I

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Cultural Crossroads

How an Italian brand became a status symbol among the country’s sea of motorbikes There are few that can paint a vibrant verbal picture like an Italian—for anything—even a machine: “An Asian woman riding a Vespa is taking part in a ‘défiler’—she is making a fashion show, a statement to all those around her that

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Dancers as Diplomats

Using dance to cross boundaries as well as to promote social change Holding common ground pathways to cultural exchange in Vietnam, a seminar that’s sponsored by The American Embassy, will see a number of movement and dance experts from the US coming to Vietnam for an exciting cultural exchange experience for a variety of planned events focused on the art of dance. Just

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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

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Her Italian Way

From Italy, via China, and finally to Vietnam, businesswoman Chiara Squinzi discusses how fearlessness and food fuelled her success Upon meeting Chiara Squinzi, it’s clear to see she’s an intelligent, empowered and determined woman who isn’t fazed by anything. She went from eating a €1 pizza in a hostel on Christmas Day in Shanghai to building

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The First Generation

It wasn’t always this way Meandering streets and alleyways of Bui Vien Walking Street, tourists and backpackers might be left with the impression that electronic dance music (EDM) has, for some time, been a staple of the nightlife scene in Saigon. The ubiquitous cacophony of commercial dance music and LED-pulsed night clubs draws in travelers from around the world, each competing to lure locals and foreigners alike.

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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

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A Question of Me

A morning with Andrew Lam: accomplished author, regular commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and co-founder of New America Media “WHO AM I?” Is a question celebrated author and journalist Andrew Lam is, arguably, obsessed with. From his earliest published work Perfume Dreams through to his latest novel, Birds of Paradise Lost, the question of identity is pervasive. In the wider sense Lam is interested

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Rifle Range

Saigon’s sniper club aims to promote camaraderie and sportsmanship, not war “War taught me how to handle a gun and shoot. It has saved my life many times. But this is peacetime now and I don’t want people to think only of war and bloodshed when they see a gun. I want people to look at it and see more than what TV shows and movies show them. I want

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Hang On

A relatively new sport, bouldering gathers momentum amongst the local community in Saigon On a Tuesday afternoon, I find myself clinging to a wall four meters off the ground, unsure how to get back down. “Push off the wall and fall on to your back!” the instructor yells at me. Four meters suddenly seems a lot higher than it did when I was on the

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