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Ballet dancers in Saigon December 31

Goodbye Vietnam (I’ll be back)…

So my time living full-time in Asia has come to an end. I have now settled back in Australia – in Brisbane to be exact. This retrospective post about my time living in Ho Chi Minh City is long overdue! After three attempts at writing this post, I’ve come to the conclusion that I will […]

September 30

An orphanage in Vietnam – through the eyes of Khuong (age: 7)

Allow me to introduce you to Khuong. Born physical challenged (seems to be cerebral palsy), he was left by his parents on the doorstep of Ky Quang II Pagoda at a very early age. Since then, he has been looked after by the orphanage attached to the pagoda. Unfortunately the orphanage is not really equipped […]

727 Tran Hung Dao August 23

727 Tran Hung Dao – From riches to ruin

Completed in the 1960s, 727 Tran Hung Dao Street once loomed over Saigon as an impressive sign of wealth and progress. Known as the Presidential Building, the monolithic towers’ 535 rooms housed American soldiers during the war, and high ranking government officials after reunification. Today, however, the building is a rapidly decaying shadow of its […]

Le Ngoc Dung, NOT Lan Pham Thi March 16

My wife’s photos misused in a Czech hoax!

I had never imagined my photographs would be used to fool so many media outlets in Europe and Asia! Here’s how it all went down… Any photographer is happy for wider audience to see their photos, so when I got an email from somebody in the Czech Republic back in 2009 asking if they could […]

Vo Nguyen Giap's funeral in Saigon by Adam Robert Young October 13

Vietnam mourns a national hero

Mourners wait to pay their respects to Vietnamese hero Vo Nguyen Giap in Ho Chi Minh City Last week saw the passing of General Võ Nguyên Giáp, who many Vietnamese think of as the last true Vietnamese hero. He was a brilliant military strategist who was instrumental in Vietnamese victories against both the French and […]

Xian Cun Village Guangzhou, China April 24

Children, propaganda and death in Xiancun (Behind the Wall – Xiancun Village Today Part 2)

This is a continuation of a post based on my final trip to Xiancun village. Some of what you read may make little sense unless you take a quick look at some of the background in this post. As I was walking inside Xiancun towards the public meeting and undercover officers that I would soon […]

Xian Cun urban village in Guangzhou, China - Adam Robert Young April 10

Behind the wall – Xiancun village today (Part 1)

Vacant shells of half-demolished buildings rise from piles of concrete rubble. This scene of utter destruction, despite appearances, is not the remains of a bombed city in a war-torn nation. It is a suburb smack-bang in the middle of one of the fastest developing Chinese cities – Guangzhou. Those that have been following this blog […]