Pham Van Quang. Photo by Julie Vola

Deep in Hanoi’s Old Quarter sits the workshop of woodworker Pham Van Quang. Words by Emily Petsko. Photos by Julie Vola

Francois and Sebastien, the founders of NOI Pictures. Photo by Julie Vola

Since this is a photography issue, who better to speak to for this column than the photographers’ photographers, François Carlet-Soulages and Sébastien Löffler from NOI Pictures. The brains behind the first homegrown photography agency in Vietnam, they give us their thoughts on the industry

Learning Vietnamese isn’t as difficult as you think. It’s much tougher than that. Linguist Peter Scott ought to know

A pioneer and a visionary, designer Nguyen Cong Tri is one of the biggest names in the Vietnamese fashion industry

If you’re having a ‘bad Vietnam day’ and think this country’s frustrating, for a bit of reality pie, try going home. It ain’t all that different on the other side. Words by Nick Ross

Erwin Schweisshelm

This month, the Word sat down with Erwin Schweisshelm, resident director of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Vietnam. Celebrating 25 years of operation in Vietnam, FES is a German non-profit organisation committed to the ideas and values of social democracy. Photo by Trung Del

When Vietnam sucks you in, you are a prisoner of one of the most distinctive countries on the planet. So what happens when you want to leave? Words by Nick Ross

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