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Thanh-Hue Nguyen

Life in the Boxes
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Nationality: Vietnamese
Biography: Thanh Hue is a freelance photojournalist currently based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Her focus is on documentary photography and human-centered issues, specifically private living spaces. Hue began her career documenting groups that... read on
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Life in the Boxes
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Updated 11/23/21
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Faced with high living cost in the city, uncontracted migrant workers have resorted to shabby accommodation in the center of Hanoi built by locals, many of which are unfinished but already rented out at a lower rate. Despite living in a big city, their daily life is limited to the mere space from their bedroom to the alley. From 2 to 5 people reside in a boxy bedroom with the entrance door being the only connection to the outside world.

Though spontaneously built up with impermanent properties, these spaces have existed for decades, along with the increasingly rapid growth of low-income worker communities from adjacent provinces. As time goes by, perhaps such spaces have become a home, not only a dwelling place but also an anchor for their lengthened stay in this city.

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