VIETNAM VANISHING: Postcards From A Changing World

Vietnam. December 2014 - February 2015

These watercolor illustrations are from the field journal that I kept while traveling from the southern-most tip of the Cau Mau peninsula to the Chinese border in the northern highlands. 

Vietnam is a country rich in natural and cultural heritage. The Mekong remains the second most biologically diverse river in the world, only after the Amazon. The region is home to 54 ethnic minority groups, each with its own vibrant histories and traditions. As the Vietnamese like to say, “our country has a history as long and rich as China’s.” Yet rapid industrialization, climate change and corrupt government threaten this incredible heritage. These images are snapshots of a vanishing way of life. They serve as documents of the present in a country launching its way into a new future shaped by political, social and environmental change.

A special thanks to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center for travel funding and to the Davidson Honors College for sponsoring this exhibit. Gratitude to my mentors, Nicky Phear, Dan Spencer and Laure Pengelly Drake for their support and guidance.