Babes and Boobs

Artist uses her whimsical characters to promote body-positivity There are many naked women in Sofia Holt’s studio. Some of the women are dancing, some are just standing. Some are facing the viewer, some are looking away with their backs turned exposed back and bottom facing the viewer. These women have raised a middle finger, like

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Chipping Away

How woodcarving can soothe the spirit if you turn off of bustling Bui Vien, enter a retro building, and follow a winding staircase, you will find the bright, breezy creative retreat of Tay Tay Workshop. “Tay Tay” means “hands hands”, and hands will be your main tool in this three-hour class focused on woodcarving. Started by

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Mental Health Abroad

Living abroad comes with a lot of unexpected challenges, and help is available if you need it If you’re reading this, you probably don’t belong here. Maybe that’s okay. In a foreign country, you get to choose who you belong to. You don’t belong with anyone, so you can be part of any of them. If

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Shared Experiences

The Art of ActingYou’re sitting across from Lam Vissay, a German actor with numerous Vietnamese films credits, reading a professional script for a movie that’s not out yet. No pressure. He just wants you to read it again. “Now I would like you to read it more like,” Vissay pauses, considering how best to voice

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Mind Over Matter

A visually impaired woman’s path to becoming a national judo champion Tuyen Tran’s path to independence and self-empowerment began seven years ago, the day she set foot in the dojo for her first judo class. Visually impaired since birth, by the age of 12 Tyuen had already undergone three separate eye surgeries to correct cataracts.

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Queen Me

In conversation with Do Nhat Ha, winner of The Tiffany Vietnam 2018— the first reality show format transgender beauty pageant in Southeast Asia It’s around 11 pm on a Friday inside of the cavernous Envy, the District 1 club that feels like a homage to some new, electronic god with its towering screen that presides over clubgoers, the

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Fierce Voices

The power of storytelling and the potential of women’s networks It’s been more than five years since Joelle Hawes, a UK national living in Saigon, stopped on a bridge with a partner and challenged him with a critical question. “I was by a bridge with this guy and I asked him for a reason to

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Hooked on Craft

Crafting together for a better community Girls on craft founders Flo and Cami became friends just over a year ago when they attended a punch needle workshop together, and since then they have added embroidery, macramé and origami to this growing, talented friendship. Flo is originally from the French Alps and has always been involved

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Learning to let go

Spend time without sight, sound, and feeling again since leaving the womb Being used to living in a crazy, busy city, I don’t even notice the noise that comes with it for weeks on end. And then suddenly I do. Out of nowhere every loud sound is too much. I feel it gnawing away at

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Book Now

Meet Ares Wong, an entrepreneur, a librarian and a reading advocate If it’s not the first question Ares Wong gets when he tells people he opened the Reading Habit International Library in Thao Dien (27 Nguyen Ba Huan, D2), it’s not far in to the conversation. “It’s not about is the service good or [is] the

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