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Storytellers of Saigon

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 11:11
RMIT Vietnam student Pham Viet Anh Minh is among the 10 storytellers of Humans of Saigon.
“If I had a time machine, I would turn back to the time when I was three because back then I still had my dad.”

A group of youths narrate stories of Saigonese people through photos.

Inspired by Humans of New York, a photography project by Brandon Stanton, a group of Vietnamese youngsters started their own Humans of Saigon in early 2014 beginning the journey to explore the stories behind citizens of Saigon.

The team initially consisted of five university students sharing the same interest; it now has 10 members, seven of whom are RMIT Vietnam students and alumni.

Every Sunday, all the members gather, discuss what to do, then split into pairs and wander around Saigon to capture photos and stories of random people they encounter.

Throughout the journey, there are stories that these young people will keep for years to come.

RMIT Vietnam student Pham Viet Anh Minh, a member of the Humans of Saigon team, said he was completely stricken by the answer of a man when asked what he would do if he had a time machine.

"He said he would turn back to the time when he was three because back then he still had his dad," Minh said.

"I went totally numb hearing his answer. The story kept me thinking for days."

Minh said Humans of Saigon has a plan to expand its activities to benefit society more.

"We have envisioned Humans of Saigon holding talk shows and gathering all the interviewees," Minh said.

"They can share their life stories and listen to others in an equal environment where there will be no discriminations against the poor and the rich.

"We also want to host exhibitions to display photos of the people we met.

"But what we can do at the moment is to ask for contact details of those we meet so that we might take action to help them later on."

Minh says experience of Humans of Saigon makes him a more matured and better person.

"I think some children and young adults nowadays are born with silver spoons in their mouth, and therefore tend to think mostly about themselves.

"This project not only helps us grow out of immaturity but also makes us think more about life and how we should treat others."