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Beauty Startups To Watch: The Rising Stars Of Vietnam's Cosmetics Industry

Beauty Startups To Watch: The Rising Stars Of Vietnam's Cosmetics Industry

Opinion by Tung Tran Tung Tran is the Managing Director at VIC Partners, a Vietnam-based private investment group of credited, high-net-worth entrepreneurs with a shared interest in angel investing and nurturing startups in Vietnam. Positioning themselves as a private investment club, VIC Partners invest in early stage technology startups. Tung’s background is in investment analytics, private banking and financial advisory services. He has previously worked at Viettel Group and JPMorgan Chase. In recent years, businesses applying the D2C (Direct-To-Consumer) model […]


Opinion | Vietnam Will Emerge As A World Leader
Opinion | Vietnam Will Emerge As A World Leader

Opinion by Chris Freund. Chris Freund is the Founder, Chairman and a Partner of Mekong Capital, the first Private Equity firm focused on Vietnam since 2001. Mekong Capital makes Private Equity investments in consumer-driven businesses in Vietnam, and consistently adds value to those companies using its proven framework called Vision Driven Investing. Vietnam contained COVID-19 at 270 cases, 0 deaths, and has had no new locally transmitted cases for over two weeks. Vietnam is the first large country to defeat […]


Opinion | Finding Creativity In Adversity
Opinion | Finding Creativity In Adversity

Opinion By Kit Ong Kit Ong is an award-winning creative leader, filmmaker and children’s stories author. His solution-based work for clients in Malaysia, Vietnam and China was recognized at the major international, regional and local advertising award shows. Outside of advertising, Kit Ong is a filmmaker and the creator of UBXED [unboxed] – a social impact platform that uses story-telling to address issues that concern the welfare of children. UBXED features stories tackling a diversity of tough subjects such as war, […]


Opinion | Racism & Xenophobia During COVID-19: In My Shoes
Opinion | Racism & Xenophobia During COVID-19: In My Shoes

Opinion By Linh Phan A Vietnamese-Canadian producer and storyteller, Linh Phan is also the founder of Hidden Saigon–a travel company that aims to showcase modern Vietnam and its wealth of creative talent. 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 As a result, some of the information or advice in this article may be out-of-date.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. Growing up as a Vietnamese-Canadian kid My family and I arrived in Canada in 1979 and […]


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 […]


My Experience As An American Educator Living And Working In Vietnam During The COVID-19 Pandemic
My Experience As An American Educator Living And Working In Vietnam During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Myles L. Lynch lives in Hanoi and works for Points Avenue, an education technology company in Vietnam, as its Head of Research and Development and Teacher Training. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2019, I moved to Hanoi, Vietnam and have been living here for the past 10 months. I found an apartment, bought a motorbike, and have been clumsily navigating social situations with limited Vietnamese proficiency. I made the choice to move to Hanoi for an […]


Entering Vietnam Before The Borders Closed
Entering Vietnam Before The Borders Closed

Stephen Turban lives in Ho Chi Minh City and works for Fulbright University Vietnam. Sign up to follow his writings here. Disclaimer: This is a personal experience from an American based in Ho Chi Minh city who just flew back from the U.S. and went through a COVID-19 testing procedure for immigrants. The article does not reflect any of Vietcetera’s viewpoints regarding the topic. Earlier today, I went through the most intense immigration experience of my life. Over the course […]


The Twelve Most Popular Vietcetera Stories of 2017
The Twelve Most Popular Vietcetera Stories of 2017

In 2016, Vietcetera launched as an online magazine briefing on Vietnam affairs, society, business, and much more. We began with the belief that there is a globally-minded audience of readers, both within and outside of Vietnam, who are hungry for in-depth news about the new Vietnam. Happily, we were proved right. Today, our global commitment means that our top 10 markets are comprised of the US, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK, Thailand, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. And we have […]


What To Know About Buying Condoms In Vietnam
What To Know About Buying Condoms In Vietnam

Condoms are a simple and popular method of protection, but in Vietnam they still carry considerable stigma due to perceived association with indecency and promiscuity. The free market for condoms is woefully unregulated, even though 85% of all condoms in circulation come from the private sector, according to a report in 2014 by the United Nations Population Fund. The report also estimates that 26% of commercial condoms in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are substandard, which means they are […]


Pacific Links Foundation: The Battle Against Human Trafficking
Pacific Links Foundation: The Battle Against Human Trafficking

We’re continuing our series on NGO’s this week with Pacific Links Foundation, an organization working to end human trafficking through education and economic empowerment. Speaking to Mimi Vu from Pacific Links Foundation in Vietnam, we question what liberties we could be taking for granted. What is the value of a human life in Vietnam? And how is the discrepancy between gender valued in economic terms? Our conversation led us down the dark paths of human trafficking, an international wholesale of […]