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The Harrowing History of Vietnam’s Rubber Plantations

Details Published on Saturday, 07 September 2019 10:00 Written by Paul Christiansen. Illustrations by Hannah Hoang. “Oh it’s easy to go to the rubber and hard to return, / Men leave their corpses, women depart as ghosts.” Visitors to a colonial plantation might have heard this sorrowful song drifting above …

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From Downtown!: The Rise of Vietnamese Basketball

Details Published on Saturday, 24 August 2019 15:40 Written by Paul Christiansen. Photos by Anh Nguyen and Alberto Prieto. How lucrative is being a professional basketball player in Vietnam? “Some work at fast-food restaurants” to help make ends meet, admits Ho Chi Minh City Wing’s small forward Nguyen Ky Quan. …

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The Discomforting Poetry of Vietnamese Cursed Image

Details Published on Saturday, 22 June 2019 15:00 Written by Khoi Pham. Graphic by Hannah Hoang. The page description of Vietnamese Cursed Image (VCI) has a single line: “how did you get here?” — a question I find myself asking often. I can’t remember how I first stumbled upon VCI, …

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[Video] Sidewalk Barbers: A Glimpse of Old Saigon

Details Published on Monday, 15 July 2019 13:00 Written by Anh Nguyen. Photos by Alberto Prieto. Sidewalk barbershops are a symbol of old Saigon. In the face of globalization and its demands for westernization, the sight of a simple chair placed beneath an awning where one can get an affordable …

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