After years of forking out “foreign” entrance fees at dozens of tourist attractions around Southeast Asia, Karen Hewell digs into what’s really going on behind the double standard — and if it’s really as unfair as it seems

In his debut novel, David Joiner navigates the power imbalances between westerners living abroad and between westerners and Vietnamese — in love and friendship, in the consequences of war, and in the pursuit of dreams

At this time of the year, it’s important to be skeptical when you read. Publications are cranking out hoaxes left and right, and for once people don’t seem to mind when the media lies. In fact, they go bananas for it. When the BBC ran a story about the Swiss spaghetti harvest of 1957, people called in asking how to grow their own noodle trees. 

For the next 10 issues, Word is presenting excerpts from Wilfred Burchett’s seminal account of the American War. A close friend of Ho Chi Minh, Burchett was the only westerner to be embedded with the Viet Cong frontlines in the early 1960s. This work was written in 1964

When the international press gave coverage to the Lunar New Year, Vietnam with its 90 million people only got one line. South Korea, who celebrate Seollal, were also brushed to the side. Instead the stakes all went to China, Taiwan and Singapore, and something called the Year of the Sheep. We don’t have sheep in Vietnam.

For the next 11 issues, Word is presenting excerpts from Wilfred Burchett’s seminal account of the American War. A close friend of Ho Chi Minh, Burchett was the only westerner to be embedded with the Viet Cong frontlines in the early 1960s. This work was written in 1964

Malls are a relatively new phenomenon in Vietnam — and unlike their dying cousins worldwide, they still see their glory days being ahead of them. But, Katie Jacobs asks, do they have the ingredients for lasting success?

For the next 12 issues, Word is presenting excerpts from Wilfred Burchett’s seminal account of the American War. A close friend of Ho Chi Minh, Burchett was the only westerner to be embedded with the Viet Cong frontlines in the early 1960s. This work was written in 1964

It’s a common New Year’s resolution — go a month or so without drinking. Jon Aspin took on the challenge... sort of

And so, apparently, do sheep

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