This Transgender Bodybuilder is Crushing Barriers in Vietnam

(Narratively, November 2016: http://narrative.ly/this-transgender-bodybuilder-is-crushing-barriers-in-vietnam/) Photography by Vinh Dao As a conservative country’s LGBTQ community finally finds its voice, one athlete fights for the right to compete as his true self in a hyper-masculine sport. It’s Sunday morning in Ho Chi Minh City. Blistering heat is vaporizing last night’s downpour on the streets of District 7, an upscale area southeast of the city center and popular with expats. … More This Transgender Bodybuilder is Crushing Barriers in Vietnam

Vietnam wakes up to its human trafficking problem

(IRIN News, September 2016) Human trafficking is on the rise in Vietnam, although poor crime statistics means the government doesn’t know exactly by how much. Advocacy groups say victims are increasingly being lured on social media. Between 2011 and 2014, the number of human trafficking cases rose by at least 11.6 percent over the previous … More Vietnam wakes up to its human trafficking problem

Serving up Success

(AsiaLIFE, February 2016) A charity in Hoi An gives some of the poorest youngsters in Vietnam the skills they need for high-flying careers in the hospitality sector. With a new base in Saigon on the cards, Lorcan Lovett talks to its founder, Neal Bermas, about the inspiring work at STREETS International. Lifelong traveller and hotel consultant … More Serving up Success

Betrayal, torture and survival: the tale of a Viet Cong prisoner

(AsiaLIFE, December 2015) Viet Cong fighter Be Tu came of age in barbaric conditions after being captured in 1968. Now a grandmother, she tells Lorcan Lovett her incredible tale of resilience and determination. Photo by Vinh Dao. At an age when young women are finding their place in the world and realising their potential, Be Tu … More Betrayal, torture and survival: the tale of a Viet Cong prisoner