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Sieu Nguyen: Inciting Social Media Debate And Life In The States
Sieu Nguyen: Inciting Social Media Debate And Life In The States

Sieu Nguyen first grabbed the media’s attention back in 2013 after a controversial Facebook post. In the five years since then, Sieu Nguyen has continued to capture the public’s attention by inciting lively discussions on contemporary issues in Vietnam via his posts and pieces in local newspapers. And in May 2018, Sieu Nguyen published a book called “Co Don De Truong Thanh” (I Credit The Lonely) about his experiences in the States cut off from his support network. Sieu Nguyen, […]

Vietnamese Photographers: Five Artists On The Rise
Vietnamese Photographers: Five Artists On The Rise

The photography scene in Vietnam is home to a handful of internationally-acclaimed photographers. From French photographer Réhahn, whose prints have sold for as much as US $50,000, to Vietnamese photographer Maika Elan, whose “The Pink Choice” series won the World Press Photo Award for Contemporary Issues in 2013, Vietnam is gaining attention through the lenses of local and foreign photographers. Vietnamese photographers are taking advantage of both international and local shows like the Angkor Photo Festival and Hanoi DocLab to […]

Collectors' Series: Collecting Contemporary Art In Vietnam
Collectors' Series: Collecting Contemporary Art In Vietnam

The most extraordinary recent accomplishment to emerge from Vietnam’s creative community is Phan Thao Nguyen’s clinching of the Grand Prize at the prestigious Signature Art Prize 2018. Phan was motivated to pursue art after a film screening by Wonderful District, a collective founded by French artists Sandrine Llouquet and Bertrand Peret. Despite a lack of prolific Vietnamese artists at the time, this introduction to the art world helped pave the way for Phan’s outstanding award. It’s an achievement that might […]

Saigon Boutique Stores: Three New Concepts For Old Spaces
Saigon Boutique Stores: Three New Concepts For Old Spaces

Saigon boutique stores are one among many shopping options in Vietnam. With international brands occupying more than 60 percent of the market share, local brands have begun to place more emphasis on design, marketing, and the customer shopping experience. Nghia Phan, the owner of a boutique store located in an old apartment in Saigon feels, “Many people that go to commercial shopping malls such as Landmark 81 and touristy streets like Bui Vien look for a very different experience compared to […]

Western Restaurants In Ho Chi Minh City: Five To Try
Western Restaurants In Ho Chi Minh City: Five To Try

Nationwide last year, out-of-home restaurant visits in Vietnam increased to 147 annual visits per capita. As the popularity of eating out grows, competition is increasing, and to be successful Western restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City need better concepts, branding, and cuisine…without compromising authenticity. District 1 is home to the highest concentration of Western restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. In search of innovative but unadulteratedly authentic dishes Vietcetera visited five Western restaurants in District 1 who are working to […]

COCO SIN’s Co-Founder On Running A Fast-Fashion Business
COCO SIN’s Co-Founder On Running A Fast-Fashion Business

Six years ago, Yen Vu met with her friend Mai Huong Tran over lunch to discuss the idea of starting a project together. Established designer Nguyen Cong Tri had just launched his Kin Concept urban ready-to-wear line, and dieuANH was featuring at Bangkok’s ASEAN + 3 Fashion Week. Young Vietnamese fashion designers were showing internationally and Vietnamese models were featuring on New York catwalks. The following year two more local fast-fashion brands with strong social media followings would launch—Blue T-Shirt […]