Chief editor and co-founder of Word Vietnam, Nick Ross was born in the humble city of London before moving to the less humble climes of Vietnam. His wanderings have taken him to definitely not enough corners of the globe, but being a constant optimist, he still has hopes.
We’re on top of the AB Building just next to the New World Hotel, and San Diego-raised Loc Truong is showing me around the soon-to-be-completed Chill. A two-storey skybar and restaurant with a private VIP room and an outdoor cigar lounge, it comes with accolades aplenty.
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A location within kilometres of the Cambodian border causes many to write off Chau Doc as just another nondescript border town. But built at the confluence of three strands of the Mekong, like the waters of the rivers that converge on this French-designed market town, so the peoples here are also from afar, bringing with them a veritable hotpot of colours, race and religion.
Entering the wide, tree-lined boulevards of District 5 that connect Saigon with Cholon, you could be forgiven for thinking you're in a different city. The houses are older, the development is less obvious, and except for the occasional KFC, there is a distinct lack of the global culture that has infiltrated other parts of the city.
In Vietnam, foreigners are nguoi nuoc ngoai (people from an outside country), Caucasians are labeled as Tay (westerner), Sub-Saharan Africans are often called My Den (black Americans) and anyone from the Indian subcontinent is purely described as being An Do (Indian), no matter which country they come from. Get the politically correct, tree hugging, animal rights brigade in on the act (another generalisation and stereotype), and they would have a field day. For all the ‘social responsibility’ required of the media in this country, when it comes to political correctness, the everyday language used to classify people living away from their country of origin in Vietnam is far off the mark.