Hanoi’s Sunflower Youth

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

There’s something different going on next to Saint Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi. This is a popular gathering place for middle-class youth, but they’re not sitting around drinking beer like the kids in the old city. Nor are these western-influenced young Vietnamese sitting around drinking tall mochachino lattés.

Hanoi, Vietnam

The atmosphere here is wholesome yet eccentric: studious looking kids in smart western fashions sport un-Vietnamese mohawks as they spit sunflower seeds all over the place. Everyone sits hunched up on tiny plastic stools, drinking tea, gossiping, and fiddling with their cellphones. The seed husks litter the asphalt pavement. I take a seat and see what other drinks are available. There’s Vietnamese drip coffee and a colourful yogurt-jello concoction. Lemon tea seems to be the most popular, but I go for the jello.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

This entry was written by Patrick Donovan , posted on Tuesday April 12 2011at 11:04 pm , filed under Asia Pacific, Food, Public Space, Society and Culture and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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