VIETNAMESE FOOTBALL FRENZY

In December 2008, I was staying on Dong Khoi, the premier street in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Looking out my window, I could gaze upon the historic Hotel Continental, a favorite haunt of author Graham Greene, and the Opera House. One night, I got to witness the streets of Saigon go crazy in celebration for beating Thailand in the Suzuki Football Cup: the first time-ever for the Vietnamese to be champions in Southeast Asia. Below are some photos depicting their insane pride.

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All pictures: DEC08, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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SAIGON

SAIGON

This woman was a neighbor of ours in District 3. Often she would sit with another elderly woman and place a conical hat in front of her face and gossip about the other neighbors. This day, she was on her own. Saigon, Vietnam. 09. (Sony Camera & Lens)

VIETNAM, 3

VIETNAM, 3

We used to sit outside our house every morning before going to work and have cafe sua da. This woman would walk by us almost every day, never saying anything, usually collecting plastic bottles and cans. She wasn’t camera shy. Saigon. AUG09. (Sony Camera & Lens)