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April 16, 2012 4:58 PM   Subscribe

The Art of Pho by award-winning British illustrator and animator Julian Hanshaw is a moving and surreal story in interactive animation about a creature named Little Blue and his relationship with Ho Chi Minh City. In Vietnam's bustling capital Little Blue learns to master the art of making Pho - Vietnam's ubiquitous national noodle dish.

This graphic novel adds the dimensions of sound, music, animation and interactivity to Hanshaw's art and features 8 episodes.
posted by netbros (11 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
Cool link so far, but Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, not HCMC.
posted by broadway bill at 5:15 PM on April 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Flash.
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:21 PM on April 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hanoi is only the political capitol, a Google search clearly shows HCMC gets the blue ribbon for bustling...
posted by oblio_one at 5:23 PM on April 16, 2012


I know that renaming cities is one of the spoils of winning a war, and, thinking impartially, the current regime's founder and President for 20+ years deserved a big-time tribute, BUT... can't we just let Saigons be Saigons?
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:03 PM on April 16, 2012 [4 favorites]


To be honest, I don't know any Vietnamese person who calls Saigon Ho Chi Minh City but then again, my family was on the losing side of that argument.
posted by jadepearl at 7:13 PM on April 16, 2012


How rude - chopsticks in the bowl on the loading screen (as opposed to resting on top)!
posted by loominpapa at 7:33 PM on April 16, 2012


Mrs. Machine uses HCMC in official documentation, but her family (which still lives in Vietnam and did not expatriate) uses Sai Gon in daily use, as do most businesses in the city.
posted by sonic meat machine at 7:52 PM on April 16, 2012


How rude - chopsticks in the bowl on the loading screen (as opposed to resting on top)!

And where's the spoon?

That was pleasant but I'm quite surprised they were incorrectly pronouncing phở bò (as well as having incorrect diacriticals most of the time). Though, I did like the added touch of the 333 breweries.

To be honest, I don't know any Vietnamese person who calls Saigon Ho Chi Minh City but then again, my family was on the losing side of that argument.

When in Vietnam, regardless of location (though my time is mostly spent in Hanoi), I heard both Saigon and Ho Chi Minh. In my conversations, I chose whichever had already been spoken. On flights, it's always Ho Chi Minh City. In the US, I mostly hear Saigon except when talking to exchange students. They tend to use Saigon and Ho Chi Minh City interchangeably.
posted by trueluk at 8:05 PM on April 16, 2012


Pho is the greatest dish known to man.
posted by savvysearch at 8:25 PM on April 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


For the longest time, I didn't understand why people like soup: it just wasn't that appealing to me. Then I tried pho and fell in love.
posted by smirkette at 8:45 PM on April 16, 2012 [4 favorites]


Favorited because I love pho. Can't look at the link on my device, but I'm sure it's awesome.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 8:10 AM on April 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


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