The Saigoneer Podcast allows listeners to take our reporting, insight and banter anywhere through in-depth discussions on Vietnamese society and culture, as well as interviews with special guests.
Saigon's Modernist Architecture with Phạm Phú Vinh
This week, we return to one of our favorite topics: Vietnamese modernist architecture.
Phạm Phú Vinh, an architecture student and expert on this style, joined us (1:16) to talk about the prevalence of mid-century modernist buildings in southern Vietnam, why this home-grown style is so overlooked by the public, what he thinks about Saigon's current architectural trends, and more.
We also chatted about Vinh's new book, 'Poetic Significance, Sài Gòn Mid-Century Modernist Architecture,' which is available on Amazon, Book Depository, and other e-commerce sites.
As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (41:00).
Link to Vinh's book: https://www.amazon.com/Poetic-Significance-Mid-Century-Modernist-Architecture/dp/108794337X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Poetic+Significance%2C+S%C3%A0i+G%C3%B2n+Mid-Century+Modernist+Architecture&qid=1617540326&sr=8-1
Levi Oi on Her DJ Career & Saigon's War on Karaoke
On this week's show, Levi Doan, known as Levi Oi, joins us (1:00) to talk about her move from Berlin to Saigon, how she became a sought-after DJ in Vietnam, and the opportunities present in the country's creative community.
Check out her SoundCloud page here: https://soundcloud.com/levioi
We also talked with Levi about the new campaign by Saigon officials to crack down on noise pollution (22:44), especially outdoor karaoke and bars that blast music onto the sidewalk.
As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (35:49).
COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin; Vietnam's Most Controversial Dishes
On this week's show, we begin (1:12) by discussing Vietnam's COVID-19 vaccination campaign, which began last week with an initial focus on medical workers. What do we think of the vaccine priority list, which places solders above the elderly, and how might vaccinations impact the country this year?
Then (16:10), we debate some of Vietnam's most controversial dishes, from hột vịt lộn and field rats to dog meat.
As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (28:48).
Link to Khoi's Vietnamese indie Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6TJNIj5ugIsxnqfed4wjtx?si=vCYg54wHQvGBSQIKHZMpHQ&nd=1
100th Episode Roundtable!
We're back from a longer-than-anticipated break with our 100th episode! To celebrate, we did a roundtable chat (1:49) on questions such as:
"If you could add one tradition to Tet, what would it be?"
"Which is better, Hanoi phở or Saigon phở?"
"What is the best convenience store chain?"
And much more. As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (30:15).
Our Favorite Non-Pandemic Stories of 2020
It's our last episode of the year, and we're taking the chance to share some stories that may have gotten overlooked during the last 12 months ̣(1:03), from Facebook groups dedicated to acts of kindness and a stowaway raccoon, there was much more to 2020 than just the (admittedly very important) pandemic.
As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (35:22).
Happy holidays, and see you in 2021!
Vietnamese Christmas Movies & Author Debby Nguyen
With Christmas approaching, we had some fun this week and shared our ideas for festive movies that could take place in Vietnam (1:52). 'Home Alone' set in an old Saigon villa? A female-led 'Die Hard' sequel that takes over the Bitexco Financial Tower?
Our interview guest (24:38) is Debby Nguyen, a student at Northeastern University and author of the new book 'Pills, Teas, and Songs: Stories of Medicine Around the World.' We talked about her family's background in traditional Vietnamese medicine and the practice's role in the modern world.
As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (48:21).
Perfect Saigon Companions
I listen to this when I'm in London and missing Vietnam, and now that I'm living in HCMC it's the best. One thing, despite trying many times, I can't get an email through to them. They even asked for emails on a recent show! Maybe they don't know that the address isn't working. Maybe they'll read this review :-D