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Hien Ngo

Owner, Red Door Restaurant in Saigon

At the Intersection of Cuisine and Culture

PRESENTED ON JUL 09, 2016
IN HO CHI MINH CITY @ VOL 8

Hien Ngo shares on his restaurant venture. You have probably never wondered how a restaurant set up by an amateur restauranteur, once a trained biochemist then a salesman (who was born and raised in Saigon, grew up in Sacramento, CA and left America from Boston, MA) would turn out. Here is what Hien Ngo said: "I'm a wanderer who has a passion for food especially Vietnamese food, so why not making something fun out of food while I'm here in Vietnam, why not adding another interpretation about Vietnamese food to the table." So let's find out what has he done.

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The Chinese Restaurant

BY IMOGENE LIM
@ VOL 2 ON SEP 26, 2015

The Chinese restaurant is an iconic example of Asian-pacific influence in current culture. Take a trip into Nanaimo's past with Imogene Lim, and explore Chinese influence in our city theough the eyes of immigrant settlers, and multi-generation families that helped shape our present, and future. 

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5-Month Honeymoon

BY NHU-QUYNH PHAN
@ VOL 7 ON APR 21, 2016

Quynh-Nhu Phan. Hmm… what do you expect from such an interesting topic from a 26-years-old female? She’s just a great person with an amazing love story. 

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Farah, My Little Sweetheart

BY VU NGUYEN
@ VOL 8 ON JUL 09, 2016

Vu, a photographer and adventurous spirit, takes us on a visual journey of his love for his little four legged companion - Farah.

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The Journey of History and Culture

BY PHAN KHẮC HUY
@ VOL 8 ON JUL 09, 2016

Medical student Huy Phan has chosen to quit his study and start a project on Vietnamese culture. Not many Vietnamese understand thoroughly about Vietnamese culture and history. Let’s see how Huy’s been working on his project for the last 5 years.

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Making Dreams Come True

BY PATRICK MUI
@ VOL 8 ON JUL 09, 2016

A French set designer with Hong Kong roots, Patrick will talk about his passion for set design, from inception to conception.

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Story of My Town

BY LAWRENCE VALENCIA
@ VOL 9 ON OCT 01, 2016

A man of many talents - Oji Valencia is a filmmaker, artist, illustrator and musician from the Phillippines. He’s lived in Saigon for nearly seven years. 

In his talk Oji takes us to the back alleys of a small town where he grew up, back in the Phillippines of the 70s. Far from ideal living conditions didn’t stop Oji from taking charge of his life, studying film and pursuing his current career. Well fed with amusing incidents involving a raunchy pig and chicken, his funny yet insightful talk is not to be missed!

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BJD

BY JULYE HOANG
@ VOL 9 ON OCT 01, 2016

Have you ever wondered why girls are obsessed with dolls? If yes, I think this girl is going to WOW you with her world of dolls.

Wait... it seems she doesn't want to name them 'DOLLS' but 'BJD'. What's BJD? Let's listen to Julye's talk.

About Julye Hoang:
Julye is working at Literacy Program, Room To Read Vietnam Org. She would like to introduce herself as a storyteller. Trang loves writing and building up characters. She enjoys transforming BJDs into her imaginative characters. At PKN HCMC Vol.9 Trang is going to unveil the magic world of BJD to PKN audiences.

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Meditation Experience in Vietnam

BY TOM CHRISTIE
@ VOL 9 ON OCT 01, 2016

We know you're stressed, but there are better ways to deal with that than killing your boss/client or burning down your school. Meditation is one of them and to help you get the ball rolling, we have invited a very special guest to Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 9.

Meet Tom Christie, whose meditation practise and the quest for peace and zen has taken him on several retreats in places you probably haven't heard of, both in Vietnam and elsewhere. He's going to talk about how he got into meditation practise.

So take a deep breath, exhale... and see you on Saturday October 1st, 2016.

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Vientiane Foodies Group

BY ANA ARSENOVA
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 02, 2017

Ana Arenova’s presentation really all made us very hungry and thinking about our next food adventure! She briefly introduced us to her home country’s delicacies and then shared with us the inspirations and challenges which have led to the creation of the Vientiane Foodies Group. With her, we discover some of the group best food voyage in Vientiane from Pakistani cuisine to North Korean or South Indian cuisine and many many more choices to tempt our taste buds.  Ana and her foodies group can definitely help us find our way in the city’s proliferation of restaurants and cafes without going bananas!