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Vietnamese Designer Pursues Fresh Approach to Making History Known

Self-taught graphic designer Michael Angle is passionate about Vietnam’s history and wants to spread that love to everybody.

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Revisit the Legend of Hoàn Kiếm via Stunning Illustrations by Artist Rồng Phạm

At the heart of Hanoi is Hồ Hoàn Kiếm with a legend that has been told countless times. 

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Ảo Ảnh: Art Show by Lê Brothers Explores Violence History and Connections

“Ảo Ảnh," or “ Illusion ," an independent exhibition by the artist duo Lê Brothers, will be running at Mơ Art Space from Jul...

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MINH Epitomizes a New Generation of Introspective, Worldly Vietnamese Musicians

Dressed in a casual white tee and black jeans, when I met MINH he gleefully opened up about the development that was taking place on his musical path.

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On the Idea of Home: Reflections From Another Covid-19 Summer

I’m writing this to remember another Covid summer. Today, Saigon continues the second round of social distancing.

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‘Ethernity’: For Tracy Hyde’s Latest Mark in Tokyo’s Iconic Shoegaze Scene

Despite belonging to the Tokyo shoegaze scene, For Tracy Hyde would rather make you look up at the sky in wonder than down at your feet.

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Chúng Ta Đang Nghịch Gì: Exhibition Explores How the Young Generation Perceives Life

“Chúng ta đang nghịch gì?”, or “What are we tricking?,” a multimedia exhibition currently showcasing at the Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA), presents 125 different artworks by over 100 artists from all over the country.

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Artist Trần Lâm Bình Moves Beyond the Shadow With Lacquer

Trần Lâm Bình’s new experiment with lacquer, sơn mài, offers a refreshing perspective into life during the pandemic, and Vietnamese identity in the context of globalization.

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[Photos] After Bánh Mì, Altar Might Be Vietnam's Next Miss Universe National Costume

Remember the bánh mì dress? She’s dead, and this horrible design murdered her.

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Le Pho Painting Sets Record for Most Expensive Vietnamese Art Sold at Auction

'Nude,' or 'Nue' in French, is an oil painting by famed 20th-century Vietnamese artist Le Pho. It was recently sold for US$1.4 million, more than 2.5 times its expected value at an auction at Christie...

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Filmmaker Nong Nhat Quang on His New Docuseries 'Queer Asia: Vietnam'

For 22-year-old filmmaker Nong Nhat Quang, growing up gay in Lao Cai Province, a conservative region of many ethnic groups, was tough. Being noticeably camp meant bullying and abuse were commonplace, ...

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[Photos] How Vietnam's Muslims Celebrate Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr in Chau Doc

Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world, yet Vietnamese Muslims represent as little as 0.01% of the country’s population. Most are ethnic Cham, while a few are foreigners and a few converts...

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Vietnamese Short Awarded Illy Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2019

Director's Fortnight is an independent event running parallel to the main Cannes Film Festival, organized by the French Directors Guild starting in 1969.

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[Photos] How a Taiwanese Grandpa Used Art to Save His Village From Demolition

An abandoned 1,200-household village in Taichung, Taiwan was about to be torn down, but its last resident ended up transforming it into a huge, well-known masterpiece.

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Hanoi Bookshelf: Direct Routes to Whimsy in 'Ticket to Childhood'

Children can “hear the music and see the colors of letters on a page — magic portals to a wilderness without fixed meanings… all adults see are the neat rows of black lines, the building blocks of def...

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The Punk Badassery of Antiantiart, Hanoi's Underground Fashion Rebels

In 2014, a group of restless young Vietnamese set up Nirvana, Hanoi’s first-ever punk streetwear store. In a city known for politics, and where the thickness of history constantly reminds us of t...

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Amid Online Backlash, Production Company Pulls 'The Third Wife' From Theaters

After just four days in theaters, the award-winning movie The Third Wife (Nguoi Vo Ba) has stopped being screened in Vietnam due to an online controversy that’s gaining traction.

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Altars, Lucky Packets and Votive Dollars: Suboi's New Video Goes Back to Basics

Sleek? Inspiring? Sexy? Slick syllable-massaging? The newest video from Vietnam's rap queen delivers on all fronts.

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[Video] In 'Sông Trăng,' a Celebration of Dance and the Vietnamese Physique

Shimmering pig brains, karst-adjacent acrobatics, Hanoi flame-twirlers, "Why don't you embrace me like when we first met?"

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Action Blockbuster 'Hai Phuong' Will Be Released on Netflix on May 22

Hai Phuong (Furie) follows a former gangster, played by Ngo Thanh Van, trying to save her kidnapped daughter.

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[Illustrations] Japanese Artist Reimagines Marvel Heroes as Ukiyo-e Artworks

By now, many Hanoians may have already seen Avengers: Endgame, the ultimate puzzle piece of a 22-film narrative. Undoubtedly a global cultural phenomenon, Endgame and the Marvel Cinematic Universe hav...

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[Video] Ha Giang Rap Video is an Earnest Call for Mental Health Awareness

In 2012, Ian Paynton’s catchy rap track ‘Oi Gioi Oi’ went viral. Now he’s back with a cinematic video, shot in Ha Giang, that calls out for mindfulness in the age of digital addiction.

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[Video] New Music Video 'Boy' Depicts Contemporary Hanoian Love, With a Twist

In the music video for indietronica artist Hien’s ‘Boy,’ a classical romantic narrative unfolds. Within a modern Hanoian setting, two lovers battle against themselves, their peers and society as a who...

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[Video] Stop-Motion Animation Project Retells Vietnam's Starfruit Tale With a Hint of Horror

As a common saying goes: "tham thì thâm" (grasp all lose all).

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German, Vietnamese Sound Artists to Hold Workshops, Perform in Hanoi

Starting this weekend and continuing through next week, Hanoians will have the opportunity to attend a combination of workshops and live performances from both German and Vietnamese sound artists.

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Hanoi Designer Turns Áo Dài Into Elegant Modern Typeface

Has the AODAI typeface captured the elegant essence of its namesake?

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Matca Opens New Photography Space With 'A Little Bit of This and That' Exhibition

Photography and visual arts magazine Matca expanded their horizons last week with the opening of a new exhibition space in Hanoi.

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[Video] Introducing Rooftop Concerts, Urbanist Hanoi's New Live Music Series

It is with unrelenting pride and excitement that we can finally introduce Rooftop Concerts, our new live music video series inspired by the likes of Tiny Desk Concerts and La Blogotheque.