Who am I?

Poem by Samadhi Jayasuriya I am a 12-year-old Year 8 student at the Australian International School here in Ho Chi Minh City and I was inspired by the article Two Families Apart by James Pham in the recent issue of Oi Vietnam magazine (January/February 2017). In my English class, we are currently studying the novel Inside … Read more

Revealing the Essence of Artistic Mentorship

A passionate discussion on art between Rolex Mentor Joan Jonas and Protégée Phan Thao Nguyen to be held at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Vietnam Internationally acclaimed, pioneering American performance and video artist Joan Jonas will share the stage with visual artist Phan Thao Nguyen, her protégée in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts … Read more

Graphic Anthropology

Annabelle Audier spent six months of her university life living in a mud-hut in Nepal, a two-day walk from the nearest road. It was here that her fascination with other cultures would form the core concept behind the stationery business she later establishes in Vietnam called Mekong Belle (Snap Café, 32 Tran Ngoc Dien, D2). For … Read more

Fading Memories

A solo exhibition of oil paintings by Hanoi-based artist Nguyen Minh Nam Nguyen Minh Nam’s latest collection Fading Memories is a further stanza in his on-going paean to the inevitable losses suffered by traditional Vietnamese culture in the country’s headlong rush into the modern world. While there is clearly regret at the fading of culture-defining … Read more

Where Is the Place of Peace

Hanoian artist channels her farming background to create ethereal silk paintings Born and raised in Thanh Hoa Province , 28-year-old Le Thuy remains closely tied to her native region and the farming life that was her daily milieu before migrating to Hanoi at age 19 to pursue a higher education. These ties are clearly seen in … Read more

Once Upon A Time

The ancient Vietnamese Cinderella story comes to life The past decade has been a period of phenomenal change for Vietnamese cinema. One of the most significant drivers of that change has been the influence of returning Overseas Vietnamese dramatic artists and filmmakers, who have been working to bring a touch of Hollywood panache to the … Read more