"Hoa Le started writing for the Word since 2010. After spending seven years abroad, in South Korea and Hawai’i, she returned to Vietnam in 2009 and fell into her ‘new’ affair with the ‘old’ city that she was born – Hanoi. She found her most enthusiasm in writing about the incredible personalities that she encountered in the capital."
Crowdfunding is still relatively new to Vietnam. Hoa Le speaks to three people who thanks to the generosity of others have turned dreams into reality. Photos provided by the campaign organisers
Hanoi city dwellers who don’t have space for gardening can now enjoy a different way of creating their own green worlds, through a class in terrarium making. Words by Hoa Le. Photos by Julie Vola
Four decades on from Apr. 30, 1975, Hoa Le looks into the past of two men whose fortunes rose and fell with Vietnam’s own
Considered the ultimate people’s beer, bia hoi started off as a concession to the shortages created by war. Hoa Le talks to writer Nguyen Ngoc Tien, author of the book Going Across Hanoi, to trace the roots of Vietnam’s best-known tipple. Photos by Glen Riley