Jesse Meadows

Jesse Meadows

Like many expats before her, staff writer Jesse Meadows stopped in Hanoi on a backpacking trip in early 2015 and just hasn’t managed to leave yet. A compulsive documentarian with a case of incessant curiosity, she loves buying one-way tickets, photographing dance parties and writing stories on the bus. 

Monday, 08 August 2016 03:45

Vo Duc Anh

Photo by Julie Vola

I find Vo Duc Anh early on a Wednesday night at Hanoi Rock City, the music venue he’s run in Hanoi for almost six years. He’s on the phone, cigarette in hand, lamenting a guitar without strings and asking someone on the other end to bring some. He hangs up and extends a slender tattooed arm to me.

Monday, 08 August 2016 03:06

The Red River Beaches

Photo by Julie Vola

Who needs the seaside when we’ve got the Red River?

Friday, 15 July 2016 06:28

Where the Streets Have No Name

Photo by Julie Vola

Vietnam’s urban expansion hasn’t always gone to plan and some areas, particularly on the outskirts of Hanoi, remain uncompleted and unoccupied. They’re not ghost towns, but they might as well be. Photos by Julie Vola. Words by Jesse Meadows

Friday, 08 July 2016 08:05

Gated Communities

Photo by Julie Vola

Jesse Meadows visits that most mysterious of suburban phenomena; the gated compound. Photos by Julie Vola

Friday, 08 July 2016 06:53

Tho Ha Village

Photo by Theo Lowenstein

Jesse Meadows heads to the countryside and encounters that part of Vietnamese culture we so often tend to forget; hospitality. At Tho Ha she experienced it in abundance

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