The Armor Man

Costume designer turns play into work In the cosplay community, Han Phi Tuyet (also known as “The Armor Man”) is the go-to designer for bespoke one-of-a-kind anime or sci-fi inspired costumes. At 28, Tuyet has created sets and props for movies, celebrities and online gaming companies. In Vietnam, he is one among the only two artists who specialize in historical costumes. “I started hanging … Read more

The Tokyo Blues

In conversation with Shun Sakai, a talented jazz singer who has truly followed her heart musically When Shun Sakai was a young woman, jazz music was popular across the world; however, in her home country of Japan there weren’t many opportunities to listen to it. She had only heard traditional Japanese songs until after the war when American army bases around the suburbs … Read more

The Rising Sun Meets The Pearl of The Orient

From economic and social development to cultural exchanges, the relationship between Vietnam and Japan has grown phenomenally over the last few decades. Having spent his 35-year career as a diplomat, Oi sat down with Mr. Jun-ichi Kawaue, the Consul General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss the many ways the connection between the two nations has been strengthened. How long … Read more

Enjoy The Show

Behind the scenes with members of Dragonfly Theatre, Saigon’s professional English language theatre troupe “We’re here because we love what we do. Everyone’s in it because they love it,” says David Delves, whose passion for the theatre is undeniable. Originally from London, where he went to school for the performing arts, David is currently one of the board members of Dragonfly Theatre Company. Dragonfly Theatre was founded in … Read more

Home Away From Home

“Home sweet home” – a sentiment that touches the heart   For the elders, “home” is a sense of nostalgia, precious memories that they can’t be forgotten. For the young, “home” is shelter to from the tiredness of the crowded city and leaving the tiredness behind. The “Coming Home” theme this summer at Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh is an ideal getaway for the whole family. The … Read more

More Than Skin Deep

The medical tourism industry is booming and Vietnam is tapping into the market Vietnam’s got sandy beaches, ancient history and topnotch restaurants, but that’s not why tourists are flocking here: they’re coming for the health care. Medical tourism is a booming industry thanks to affordable prices, cutting edge equipment and infrastructure that encourages visitors in need of a checkup. Oi speaks to Dr. … Read more

Past Reflections, Future Considerations

After the success of the exhibition Waging Peace – U.S. Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed America’s War in Vietnam, which opened in March at the War Remnants Museum storied diplomat, Madam Ton Nu Thi Ninh, the current president of the Ho Chi Minh City Peace & Development Foundation (HPDF), sat down with Oi to discuss facets of her career, her work at … Read more

The Dry Fruits of Labor

An initiative to help farmers improve income, health by drying fruits and vegetables with solar dryers Vietnam has a deep love affair with fruit. Everywhere you go—city or countryside—you are overwhelmed by the sheer variety. From the more common mango and coconut, to the (relatively) exotic longan, lychee and dragonfruit. The tropical weather, and fertile soil has always ensured a plentiful bounty. And the Vietnamese tuck in—eating 11kg of fruit … Read more

Tie a Green Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree

Spreading the “be green” trend in Vietnam “It started with just me and a few students,” says Nhan Nguyen, one of the founders of Vietnam Sach & Xanh (Vietnam Clean & Green), a nonprofit organization working to make the country litter free and environmentally friendly. Of course, this was an enormous responsibility to take on, the need to educate and bring awareness to the benefits of … Read more