The cyclo may be dying in Vietnam, but elsewhere it’s making a comeback

 

Giggles were barely suppressed in tourism industry circles recently when a VNAT spokesman announced that they would soon be marketing Vietnam using new technologies, “especially internet, and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter”.

 

A couple of years back I was sat in a certain pub with some friends, when a woman who had joined our group started talking about her experiences in telesales back home. “It was disgusting,” she said. “Half of the people I had to speak to spoke no English at all.”

In April we asked you to answer that age-old question: What are your biggest Saigon turn-ons?

Cooperation and mutual awareness helps create community

Without a proper safety net, living in Vietnam can be dangerous

Anyone who has studied media will have come across the concept of discourses — the hidden messages, ideologies and agendas emanating from the use of language. They run through anything from the spoken day-to-day word through to TV commercials, online blogs, feature articles, music, radio and film. They represent a person or group's belief system, a set of values, and can contrast to such extremes that one person's terrorist is another's freedom fighter.

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