Vu Ha Kim Vy explains the conflict between the traditional and modern role of women in Vietnam. Photo by Bao Zoan

Women play a key role in Vietnam’s growing economy. Yet it’s a role that is often undervalued. Words by Edward Dalton

How many statues of celebrated women do you see in Europe? It’s a question we posed ourselves and except for those of saints, Joan of Arc and the many representations of Mary Magdalene, we could think up barely a handful.

Arriving in Hanoi at the age of 19, photographer Christophe Barthe found a city to grow up in. Through his photos he recounts his history with the capital of Vietnam

Once a symbol of French intentions towards Vietnam, during the war Hanoi’s principal temple of Catholic worship became a safe haven for those escaping American bombing. Words by Bennett Murray. Photos by Theo Lowenstein

Quietly sat next to Taka Plaza, the Hindu temple has played witness to the vast changes experienced by Saigon. Words by Vu Ha Kim Vy. Photos by Bao Zoan

Once home to the city prison, the site that is now the General Sciences Library hosts one of the most striking buildings of its era. Words by Matt Cowan. Photos by Bao Zoan

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