AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS AND SKETCHES – NUMBER 28 – HAI BA TRUNG – TRUNG TRAC, HCMC, VIETNAM.
By Richie Fawcett PEOPLE In Vietnam, women have always been in the forefront in resisting foreign domination. Two of the most famous heroines are the Trung sisters, who letd the first national uprising against the harsh rule of a Chinese governor called To Dinh. Some feel that if the sisters had not resisted the Chinese […]
THE STUDIO STORY SO FAR – PART 2 OF 3 – WEATHERING THE STORM
By Richie Fawcett The Studio Saigon has recently celebrated its 4th year Anniversary. This year however was very unlike other years, as the date coincided with the full lockdown of Ho Chi Minh City. As such there was no party as in previous years, instead we were locked down in the building with a Covid […]
The Studio Story so far – How we got here, what we do, and where we are going… PART 1 of 3 – The Early days
By Richie Fawcett It all started, as most stories do, as an idea on the back of a scrap piece of paper, I don’t smoke ( only when I’m on fire ), so there is no cigarette packet to put in a museum one day…however…there IS… a LOT… of ART. Find a comfortable spot, mix […]
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS AND SKETCHES – NUMBER 27 – NGUYEN TRAI, HCMC, VIETNAM.
PERSON 1380 -1442 Nguyen Trai originally was from Hai Duong Province. He was born in 1380 in thanh long ( present day Hanoi). Under the briefHo Dynasty, he passed his examinations and served his time in the government. In 1417, Nguyen Trai joined a rebel leader named le Loi, who […]
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS AND SKETCHES – NUMBER 26 – LY TU TRONG, HCMC, VIETNAM.
By Richie Fawcett PERSON 1914 – 1931 Ly Tu Trong was a Vietnamese revolutionary executed by the French when he was only 17 years old. He is considered to be a revolutionary martyr. His remains were identified in District 10. Ho Chi Minh City in 2010 and he was reburied in his parents home town […]
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS AND SKETCHES – NUMBER 25 – MAC THI BUOI, HCMC, VIETNAM.
PERSON 1927 – 1951 Mac Thi Buoi was one of the people the government of the democratic republic of vietnam posthumously awarded the titleHeroine of. The Peoples Armed Forces Vietnam.In 1950’s, she played a key role in the Thanh Dung station attack. In this battle mac Thi Buoi made reconnaissance missions to check the position […]
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS AND SKETCHES – NUMBER 24 – THI SACH, HCMC, VIETNAM.
PERSON lived and died in early 1st century AD Thi Sach was introduced to Trung Trac, one of the Hai Ba Trung sisters when a neighbouring prefect came to visit Me Linh, the father of Trung Trac. He brought with him his son, Thi Sach. The young Thi Sach met and fell in love with […]
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS AND SKETCHES – NUMBER 23 – CAO BA QUAT , HCMC, VIETNAM.
Cao ba Quat was a Vietnamese poet and revolutionary who led a peasant uprising against Emperor Tu Duc. Her was either executed or killed in the uprising known as the “Locust Revolt”. Many of his poems were destroyed, but about 1400 ( most written in Han Tu ) survive. He is remembered as a great […]
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS AND SKETCHES – NUMBER 22 – THAI VAN LUNG, HCMC, VIETNAM.
By Richie Fawcett PERSON 1916 – 1946 Thai Van Lung was a member of the National Assembly who took an active role in the revolutionary struggle to prevent the return of the French after World War 2, leading to his capture and death in a French jail aged only 30 years old. STREET The Street […]
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS AND SKETCHES – NUMBER 21 – CHU MANH TRINH, HCMC, VIETNAM.
PERSON 1862 – 1905 Chu Manh Trinh was a civil Mandarin that was both respected and criticized at the same time. His strengths were that he was noted for his talent in poetry, architectural design and restoration of temples , notably the stunning Huong Tich Tru Pagaoda. He wrote many beautiful poems about the Huong […]