Vietnam

Motorbike drivers ride down a busy street in downtown Hanoi
Matthew LaPlante

It’s a big day for Nguyen Thu Huong. 

The recent university graduate is one of the dozens of people at a busy motorbike shop in downtown Hanoi, where some customers were waiting for maintenance on the bikes they already own and others walk through the showroom looking for a new one.

Matilyn Mortensen

 

Down a narrow backpacker alley in southern Vietnam, an idea that never quite took off in Utah is thriving. Visitors from around the world have left their mark on the walls of the Nonla Guys restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City.

Salt Lake Tribune

The Broken Country uses a violent incident that took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2012 as a springboard for examining the long-term cultural and psychological effects of the Vietnam War. To make sense of the shocking and baffling incident―in which a young homeless man born in Vietnam stabbed a number of white men purportedly in retribution for the war―Paisley Rekdal draws on a remarkable range of material and fashions it into a compelling account of the dislocations suffered by the Vietnamese and also by American-born veterans over the past decades.

The annual Utah Arts Festival attracts artists from all over Utah and the American West.  Most vendors focus on exhibiting works that appeal to the masses: mountainous landscapes, cute comical portraits, furniture and fashion goods.  But one fine artist’s booth stood out among the typical art festival tents.