Vietnam: Beyond the Stereotype

Vietnam is awash with antiquated and orientalist fantasies. Travel media outlets manufacture nostalgia for a colonial heirloom with crowded street kitchens and conical hat-wearing hawkers. Foreign travel companies overrepresent Vietnam’s beaches as if the country exists to serve sun-starved Northeast Asians and Europeans. And although Vietnam has been at peace for over four decades, American films continue to portray a perilous place reeling from war.

Vietnam’s New Biophilic Architecture Is Going Wild

Picture architecture in Vietnam and you might imagine ancient temples buried down countryside lanes or faded colonial buildings lining the city streets. But spurred by unprecedented economic growth, this Southeast Asian country of almost 100 million is revamping its traditional image – and architecture is part of the overhaul. After decades spent trying to keep Vietnam’s unrelenting jungles out of the cities, visionary architects now harness th

Digitalize – Revolutionize

Covid-19 is accelerating global trends that were in motion long before the pandemic. Working remotely, for example, was a burgeoning prospect available to office workers in a modest but increasing number of industries during the 2010s. In the age of Covid-19, it has become the norm. Analysts are also expecting trend acceleration through the recovery. In manufacturing, for instance, businesses have long been trying to diversify their supply chain. Lockdown disruptions have reenergized these ambitions, highlighting that diversification is not just desirable for profitability but essential for continuity.

Startup Accelerator Announces 19 Semi-Finalists

The Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) Startup Accelerator has announced that 19 startups have qualified to join its 2018 program. The 19 startups will join a MIST Travel Startups Fundamentals Bootcamp from May 17-22 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. The five most outstanding startups will subsequently receive innovation grants up to $10,000USD, six months of intensive coaching, a trip to meet industry experts at the Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, and an opportunity to pitch investors in Singapore.

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