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

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