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.
From 2013 to 2017, I was a co-owner and general manager of Hanoi Grapevine, the best online platform for arts and culture in Vietnam. The site is bilingual (English-Vietnamese) and is the foremost source for anyone that wants to look into the contemporary arts scene in Vietnam. For now, I’m a fellow at the non-profit education organisation Teach For Vietnam and currently teaching English at a public secondary school in a rural commune of Tay Ninh province.
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.