Bookended by southern beaches and northern highlands, Vietnam has for centuries been lashed by cultural and economic crosscurrents from major powers. The French, Americans and Chinese each tried to impose their writ at different points in the 20th century, but couldn't. Today, Vietnam wears imprints of those myriad cultural influences, especially in its cuisine, but is increasingly a regional economic power in its own right.

When Dead Beer Walks: A Dane in Vietnam Turns Strange Brew Into Craft Gin

Thomas Bilgram, a Dane expat in Vietnam, turns misery into magic with his craft gin made from near-death beer.

Butterfly Effect: Tulsa's Empty Stands Will Embolden China

At a moment when everyone thought Beijing would be on the defensive, it is donning a more aggressive posture than we've seen in decades.

A Stock Market Battle Bares Vietnam’s North-South Divisions

The dilemma over where to locate a new stock exchange captures tensions rooted in postwar bitterness.

Vietnam Starts to Catch Up With Chinese Manufacturing

The Southeast Asian nation is slowly building a supply chain to rival China’s.


The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.

Pham Xuan An: The Spy Who Tricked America

He was a trusted reporter … but maybe he shouldn’t have been quite so trusted.

How Broken Rice Went From Poor to Popular

Today the grain is a much-loved dish served with a pork chop and spicy sauce.

Vietnam Tops List for World's Illicit Financial Flows

Trade misinvoicing may sound like a harmless clerical error, but it’s a huge problem.

Learn the Vietnamese Art of No-Diaper Potty Training

If you have the time and patience, you can toilet train your child by 18 months.

How a $4 Device Is Saving Farmers From Climate Devastation

Duong Van Ni has developed a warning system for farmers to flag encroaching salinity in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

Female Artists Challenge Vietnam's Gender Stereotypes

Defying censorship, these artists are transforming the face of art in Vietnam, opening up conversations long seen as taboo.


The Food That Built America

The Food that Built America tells the unbelievable true stories behind the industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized food, and transformed American life and culture forever in the process.

She's Lifting the Curtain on France's Dark Colonial Past ... on Stage

Caroline Guiela Nguyen’s groundbreaking plays will make you weep … if you speak French.

The Fishing Battle on the Front Line of Beijing's Ambitions

Vietnam’s fishermen are increasingly brushing up against aggressive Chinese boats in a patch of sea where both lay claim.

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