The award for being fresh off the boat; the ‘I Don’t Care’ award; the compass award for taxi drivers; the best expat slang award; the prize for the best underwater project in Vietnam or perhaps the tastiest burrito in Hanoi.

Brash. Glitzy. Outspoken. Controversial. Divisive. Yes, it’s the annual Word Awards again, our contribution to the vast treasure trove of miniature statues and dusty trophies that adorn the world’s mantlepieces, outdoor sheds and smallest rooms.

There are many foreign footballers playing in the V-League. Some have an impact, some don’t. Thomas Barrett speaks to Vietnam’s very own version of Sergio Aguero, Argentinian striker Gonzalo Marronkle. Translation by Guim Valls Teruel

After all the dead fish in West Lake, what happened to the fishermen? As it turns out, they’re still there. So are the fish. Words by Edward Dalton. Photos by Julie Vola

Capturing life on the streets of the big city. Words by Julie Vola. Photos by Bao Zoan

From women in business to academics, authors to behavioural analysts to fashion designers, we profile nine women who are making a difference in Vietnam. Photos by Julie Vola, Mike Palumbo and Bao Zoan

A rare sight elsewhere in the world, in Vietnam’s booming construction industry women are everywhere. With his camera to hand, Theo Lowenstein went in search of the women helping to build this country. Words by Edward Dalton

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