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2017/07/20 | Saigoneer
Vietnam Follows Taiwan Among Asia's Most Progressive on LGBT Rights
The past decade has seen so many policy changes in favor of LGBT rights in Vietnam.
2017/07/19 | Saigoneer
Q&A: How Saigon and the Mekong Delta Can Confront Climate Change
'Vietnam could raise more awareness about climate change and risks. There is little awareness among local people and farmers. In a way it's similar to the Netherlands: people are not very interested, it's still a very abstract discourse.'
2017/07/14 | Saigoneer
Here and There: Exploring Vietnamese Immigrant and Refugee Experiences
'This process can be used by other immigrants and other refugees as a way to collect their own history because we’re getting older and a lot of these stories are getting lost,' says Linh Phan, creator of the Here and There project.
2017/07/11 | Saigoneer
Saigon's Tattoo Culture Flourishes with Changing Attitudes
In Vietnam, tattoos have long had a reputation as the tell-tale stamp of gangsters and prisoners. However, the past decade has seen an awakening of the tattoo industry, particularly in major cities like Saigon and Hanoi.
2017/07/10 | Saigoneer
Taboo and Tradition Hinder Contraception Awareness in Vietnam
With many urban Vietnamese waiting longer to get married, the country’s younger generations are recognizing the need to open up about sex education in the conservative country.
2017/07/07 | Saigoneer
Malaysia, Indonesia Religious Groups Call for Starbucks Boycott over LGBT Support
Both Malaysia and Indonesia have seen a rise in religious conservatism in recent years.
2017/07/06 | Saigoneer
Black Teeth: How Vietnam's Hottest Beauty Regimen Went from Vogue to Obscurity
Once the hallmark of youthful beauty in Vietnam, nowadays dyeing one’s teeth black is a dying custom that can only be spotted in the country’s oldest generation.
2017/07/05 | Saigoneer
PHOTO STORY: Taipei's Ghostly Disused Leprosy Sanitarium
Take a tour of the Losheng Sanitarium which was built in the 1930s when lepers were forced to be isolated from society.
2017/07/01 | Saigoneer
Urban Art Flourishes in Cambodia Despite Challenges
Street art, and art in general, is an important part of healing for Cambodia and expanding people’s creative potential.  
2017/06/19 | Saigoneer
Child Labor to Surge in Vietnam Due to Climate Change: Experts
As climate change wreaks havoc on Vietnam, more children will be forced to work from an early age, experts say.
2017/06/18 | Saigoneer
Lensational, Using Photography to Empower Vietnamese Women with Disabilities
'If we are able to show people that women with disabilities can do valuable things, make good photographs then we can show that they can contribute to society if we support them in the right way.'
2017/06/09 | Saigoneer
Indonesia's 'Islamic Punk' Movement Marries Religious Faith with Musical Rebellion
'Islamic punk' is still embracing rebellion and anti-establishment ideology like the original British punk rockers, but they celebrate Islamic values, sing about freedom for Palestine and condemn mistreatment of Muslims in the Middle East.
2017/06/02 | Saigoneer
'Girls Rock Asia' Brings Together Female Musicians from Across Southeast Asia
'It’s about every female musician who struggles about where to start or how to move on with their music career.'
2017/05/28 | Saigoneer
Viet Rap Meets French Hip-Hop
As Vietnam’s underground hip-hop scene begins to emerge into the spotlight, one of its rising stars joins forces with an up-and-coming foreign artist to create a track for worldwide release.
2017/05/27 | Saigoneer
A Very Vietnamese Take on Adult Coloring Books
The ambitious project has produced a set of vector files for 250 of the most common patterns from Vietnam’s various imperial eras.
2017/05/04 | Saigoneer
Gambling and Globalization in Old Saigon
The 36 Animals of old Saigon's gambling culture were the agents of an older era of globalization.
2017/04/19 | Saigoneer
Cambodia is Losing its Buddhist Monks to Modernization
Where once young Cambodian men would often join the monkhood as teenagers as a rite of passage, studying both Buddhism and Khmer culture before moving into adult life, today fewer young Cambodians are doing so.
2017/04/10 | Saigoneer
Hẻm Gems: A Cuppa in Saigon's Oldest Cafe
Not all Saigon traditions age well, but it only takes one cup of Cheo Leo coffee to understand the appeal.