Who is the Ao Dai?
Expat stereotypes are everywhere, little cocoons of half-truth that we assign to large proportions of people who live overseas.
One of the longest of the long-term expats living in Vietnam, British-born Kiwi Mark Wildblood has been here since forever. Photo by Francis Xavier
For many expats living in Vietnam, finding clothes that fit can be an ongoing and sometimes emotional struggle. Hours can be spent perusing the crammed shelves of Hang Be, affectionately known as ‘Shoe Street’, in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, only to end in tears when told that that eye-catching pair of Vans doesn’t come upwards of US size 10.