PechaKucha Presentation

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Hien Ngo

Owner, Red Door Restaurant in Saigon

At the Intersection of Cuisine and Culture


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

@ 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

@ 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

@ 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

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 09, 2016

If you ever wanted to know more about the history and culture of Vietnam, Huy Phan is the person to ask.

Being the founder of Coi Viet, a not-for-profit organization working on Vietnamese culture and history, Huy has been working tirelessly to help people connect with and understand the essence of Vietnamese' way of life. As a speaker at PechaKucha Night Vol. 8, he will be telling the story of his cultural journey. We just can't wait!

And you can follow Huy and Coi Viet at:


Nếu bạn muốn hiểu thêm thật nhiều về lịch sử và văn hóa Việt Nam, hãy hỏi Huy Phan ngay tắp lự!

Là người sáng lập Cội Việt, một tổ chức phi lợi nhuận về văn hóa và lịch sử Việt Nam, Huy đã luôn làm việc không mệt mỏi nhằm giúp mọi người kết nối và thấu hiểu hơn về tinh hoa văn hóa nước nhà. Tham gia PechaKucha Night Vol. 8 lần này, anh sẽ nói về quá trình nhiều năm làm về văn hóa của mình.

Bạn có thể tìm hiểu về các hoạt động của Cội Việt tại: 

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Making Dreams Come True

@ 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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@ 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

@ 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

@ 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!

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Saigon to Hanoi in 6 Minutes and 40 Seconds

@ VOL 10 ON OCT 26, 2017

Evan Hudson takes us on a tour of Vietnam through the lens of regional noodle soup dishes.