Why you should not miss “Vietnam Through Con Sáo’s Eyes,” The New Bi-Weekly Column On Bliss Saigon

Available in : Vietnamese


March 5, 2021


Greeting Saigon and beyond! Over the last couple of years, I have written about fashion and music in Vietnam. It has been a ton of fun to meet people at fashion shows, in clubs and bars, and then when asked the most common question of “What’s your job?” to reply, “I am a critic!” But today, it’s time for more.







My near-quarter-century experience with Vietnam has taught me so much. I left behind in America careers as both a theoretical physicist and quantitative trader on Wall Street. I became an explorer, a photographer, a critic, an opera singer, a goth musician, and a fashionista. I unexpectedly became what I am most “famous” for here in Vietnam by being the resident foreign expert in 19th century Classical Vietnamese Literature.

During the disastrous year of 2020, I’ve had the good fortune to push my cultural and artistic interests in Vietnam to a point like never before. What I want to do now is share with you some of the things I’ve learned. My new column in Bliss Saigon will be called “Vietnam Through Con Sáo’s Eyes.” In it, I will write or be filmed doing what I do normally here, in a life that has been anything but normal. I have such a broad scope of routine activities to guarantee it will be unusual, saying the least.







I will deliver something very different than just another foreigner posting on YouTube and doing silly things that are often, perhaps unknowingly, condescending to the Vietnamese. I will document and share through a participant’s eye and not through an observer’s. For instance, when I will show you what a Đờn Ca Tài Tử is, it’s not because I saw one, but because I sing in one regularly on Saturday nights. It’s pretty safe to say I am the only foreigner in the history of Vietnam to do so – emphasis on the regularly part. It’s not a celebrity appearance for me. You are going to love it! (The DCTT, I mean, not necessarily my singing.) 2021 will be a great year as I push deep into my theatrical character’s side. I can’t wait to start sharing with you my Vietnam experience “Through Con Sáo’s Eyes” on Bliss Saigon. See you there!


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