Section of Muoi Trong Nguyen's "War" painting (2015)
Vietnam, Writing

War, peace and the artist: Muoi Trong Nguyen

By Alison Bate The corpses filled the river valley, their hands stretched toward the sky. It was 1979 and Hanoi artist Muoi Trong Nguyen had been sent north to the border with China to record the war scenes for historical purposes. The fighting between China and Vietnam lasted less than a month, but in that… Continue reading War, peace and the artist: Muoi Trong Nguyen

Travel, Vietnam

On the Indigo Trail: with the Black H’mong in NW Vietnam

By Alison Bate The Latin name trips off his tongue easily. “Have you seen any strobilanthes cusia – the indigo plant? Or know anyone who makes the indigo dye here,” a boisterous French guy called out as I wandered by a street café. Bemused, I joined Jean-Louis Dulaar for some of the local bitter green… Continue reading On the Indigo Trail: with the Black H’mong in NW Vietnam