Vietnamese pop is a recent phenomenon, yet its roots stretch back to the French era, when French lyrics were first translated into Vietnamese. Words by Hoa Le

Chicken rice or com ga is a favourite daily eat in both Southern and Central Vietnam, but where does it actually come from? Words by Nick Ross

How five English teachers playing guitar have had an effect on Hanoi’s music scene. Words by Elisabeth Rosen. Photo by Andy Crompton

On the eve of ASEAN economic integration, a rock festival demos one of the perks of coming together — more rock n’ roll. If an embassy and a music promoter can overcome their differences, why can’t everybody? Words by Aimee Millwood and Ed Weinberg. Photo provided by CAMA

From spunky teenager making customers laugh at Le Pub to bar owner and champion bartender, Pham Tien Tiep is the epitome of the rags-to-riches success story. And more is still to come. Words by Katie Jacobs. Photos by David Harris

Taking his nom de spin from the Black Noah of P-Funk mythology, DJ Starchild spins his intergalactic Dr. Funkenstein-sent grooves at a variety of nights around town. Together with his seven-piece funk band Dat Phonk, Justin is slowly “funkstifying” Saigon

Danang now has a wide array of international restaurants and bars. Here’s a list of places from those in the know

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