• Issue
  • Jan 02, 2024

Ho Chi Minh City: The Renanimated, Resilient Metropolis

Installation view of NGUYEN THI THANH MAI’s Shadow, 2014, ink on digital C-type print, at "No More, Not Yet," Nguyen Art Foundation, Ho Chi Minh City, 2023. Courtesy Nguyen Art Foundation.

Ho Chi Minh City—known more colloquially as Saigon—never fails to reinvent itself. Dubbed “the city that never sleeps,” Saigon and its inhabitants wasted no time rebounding from the dark gloom of alternating lockdowns and economic uncertainties, and as soon as the government relieved locals of their confinement, the previously empty streets came alive again. Street vendors set up shop, stores reopened, taxi drivers mingled about, and locals enjoyed eating out. It was almost as if the pandemic had never left its horrific mark.