Good vibrations: the Vietnamese inventor helping the blind to ‘see’

(Southeast Asia Globe, October 2016) Nguyen Ba Hai has developed haptic technology that helps the blind and visually impaired navigate the world around them, all while managing to stave off corporate interests and attract international praise “Humans are the same everywhere… We help people not only because they are Vietnamese but because they are human” … More Good vibrations: the Vietnamese inventor helping the blind to ‘see’

Hops and Dreams

(AsiaLIFE cover, February 2016) Craft beer has been ruffling the feathers of the big corporations for some years, and now the seeds for a showdown have been planted in Vietnam. Lorcan Lovett talks to the pioneering brewers leading the campaign for better tasting tipples. Photos by Vinh Dao. Until two years ago, beer drinkers in Vietnam searching … More Hops and Dreams

New Money and Richard Branson

(AsiaLIFE, October 2015) Sir Richard Branson’s motivational talk in Saigon brought together an army of young, Vietnamese businesspeople. Lorcan Lovett attends the conference to meet the city’s future tycoons. About 7000 budding entrepreneurs gave a fanatical welcome to Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson at the finale of Saigon’s biggest motivational conference in last month (September 2015). MOVE Vietnam … More New Money and Richard Branson

Bean to Bar to Boom

(AsiaLIFE cover, August 2015) When talking Vietnamese crops, the buzzwords are rice or coffee, but this may change with companies eyeing up the next potential: cacao. By Lorcan Lovett. Photos by Lorcan Lovett and Vinh Dao. There’s a boundless energy about 65-year-old Thai Xuan Quang that would trump a gang of sugar-high toddlers. The farmer’s stentorian … More Bean to Bar to Boom