Me speaking at the MITBCA2013 in Kuala Lumpur
My full name is Pham Hoang Mien (Phạm Hoàng Miên), in which Mien is my name and Pham is my family’s name. I’m from Ha Noi, the capital of Viet Nam, and in Viet Nam we have that reverse name order where family name comes first and given name comes last.
I’m a travel enthusiast who is highly driven by local cultures around the world. My passion for travel and engagement in multicultural environment began in 2007 when I joined the international student organization called AIESEC, with whom I went to Wroclaw (Poland) for 2 months in 2009 and New Delhi (India) for 3 months in 2010. Furthermore, I also lived in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) in the South of Viet Nam in 2011-2012. Then in 2015, I received UK Government’s Chevening scholarship and spent a year in London studying for an MA in Art administration & Cultural policy at Goldsmiths college. One of my life goals is to be able to live and experience local life in as many places as possible, and I believe I’m on the way to achieve it.
Currently, I’m a co-owner of Hanoi Grapevine, the best online platform for arts and culture in Vietnam. After almost 3 years working part time as a bilingual music columnist and social media copywriter (Twitter Facebook) I became one of the 4 owners. The site is bilingual (English-Vietnamese) and is the best source for anyone that wants to look into the contemporary arts scene in Vietnam.
Otherwise, I’m a Vietnamese and English writer (see my published articles), an occasional English teacher focusing on IELTS and communicative English, and an ad hoc assistant for foreign media in Vietnam. Connect with me on Twitter, Linkedin, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I’m interested in all networking opportunities and every suggestion to help the Grapevine develop.
In my blog you will find travel tips and photos for traveling in Vietnam and beyond, and sometimes a few opinionated posts about life in general. I hope that you’ll enjoy my photos and travel stories, and I also welcome you to discuss social issues with me in my Opinion section.