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Homebound: Overseas Vietnamese Students On Making The Big Leap To Return

Homebound: Overseas Vietnamese Students On Making The Big Leap To Return

Have the astounding economic growth and the increase in living standards swayed overseas students’ decision not to return home post-graduation? Vietcetera asks five Vietnamese Gen Zers and Millennials about their plans.

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Healthcare 4.0: Five Leading Healthtech Platforms Operating in Vietnam
Healthcare 4.0: Five Leading Healthtech Platforms Operating in Vietnam

In the past months, healthcare has remained top of mind for the majority of the world’s population. The speed with which COVID-19 is spreading means the overstretched medical system and traditional healthcare solutions are no longer working. A visit to a major hospital could be an inadvertent cause of contagion. To protect themselves and their loved ones, Vietnamese people are seeking out modern healthcare models. In response, Vietnam’s medical and healthcare industry has risen to the occasion with a roll-out […]


Vietnam’s Leading Sustainable Architecture Firms
Vietnam’s Leading Sustainable Architecture Firms

When Japanese mega-retailer UNIQLO opened in downtown Saigon in December 2019, it didn’t just have stacks of affordable, everyday basics on display. The store was also to make a statement.   UNIQLO commissioned Vietnam’s Vo Trong Nghia Architects to create a multi-level, site-specific installation made of bamboo that dominates the space and conveys the fashion brand’s eco ethos. Perhaps no other Vietnamese architect embodies the spirit of sustainability better than Vo Trong Nghia, who has earned a reputation as a pioneer […]


A Photo Essay: The Changing Face of Saigon's Streets
A Photo Essay: The Changing Face of Saigon's Streets

Even during the annual hiatus known as Tet holidays Saigon streets quietly hum with activity. Things certainly slow down but life doesn’t come to a halt. It took an unprecedented healthcare crisis to empty Saigon hems of the milling crowds and turn the usually clogged roads into high-speed traffic highways. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the city started to close in on itself under the stay-at-home orders, life suddenly came to a standstill. To give you a glimpse of what […]


Vietnam After The Coronavirus: New Habits Are Here To Stay
Vietnam After The Coronavirus: New Habits Are Here To Stay

Information about the novel coronavirus is rapidly changing. As a result, some of the information or advice in this article may be out-of-date. You can find Vietcetera’s most current Covid-19 coverage here. As cities and whole countries are hunkering down against the virus, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the crisis will reshape society in lasting ways; similar to how the world changed overnight after 9/11 or the 2008 financial crisis. We don’t know exactly what the new normal will […]


Nationwide Social Distancing Campaign Explained
Nationwide Social Distancing Campaign Explained

Yesterday (31 March), Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued a directive announcing the start of a 15-day nationwide social distancing campaign to slow the transmission of COVID-19 in Vietnam. It comes into effect today, April 1st. What does aggressive social distancing mean? Under aggressive social distancing, people are required to maintain a distance of at least two meters from others at all times. In most countries, this is one step before a loose form of lockdown or a total lockdown is implemented. […]


Health Workers Soldier On Inside A COVID-19 Quarantine Facility In Vietnam
Health Workers Soldier On Inside A COVID-19 Quarantine Facility In Vietnam

Kathy N. is an American expat living in Ho Chi Minh City with her husband, Martin S. After traveling through Germany to visit family, on March 15th I returned with my husband Martin to Vietnam, where we live and work. We took flights from Frankfurt to Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City, and arrived at Tan Son Nhat airport at 2:30 PM. We had been warned at the airport in Frankfurt that incoming travelers from Europe may need to go […]