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A Tourist's Guide to Love

Rachael Leigh Cook and Scott Ly in A Tourist's Guide to Love (2023)

An executive goes through an unexpected breakup, then accepting an assignment to go undercover and learn about the tourist industry in Vietnam. An executive goes through an unexpected breakup, then accepting an assignment to go undercover and learn about the tourist industry in Vietnam. An executive goes through an unexpected breakup, then accepting an assignment to go undercover and learn about the tourist industry in Vietnam.

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Rachael Leigh Cook, Scott Ly celebrate travel, Vietnam and more in 'A Tourist's Guide to Love'

"A Tourist's Guide to Love" is available to stream Friday on Netflix.

A new romantic comedy is giving audiences wanderlust vibes and reminding others to believe in love.

In "A Tourist's Guide to Love," Rachael Leigh Cook plays Amanda Riley, a travel executive who goes to Vietnam after an unexpected breakup to learn about the country's tourist industry. Along the way, she meets Sinh Thach (played by Scott Ly), her Vietnamese expat tour guide, who helps her discover the magic of Vietnam and all of the beauty the country has to offer.

"The country speaks for itself. We're lucky enough to be able to give it a postcard version," Cook, who is also a producer on the film, shared during an interview with "Good Morning America."

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"I thought this was a wonderfully organically diverse story about people from all different cultures, all different walks of life coming together to have a really incredible adventure," she added.

The movie, which arrives to Netflix on Friday, was filmed in several places in Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Hội An and Hà Giang.

PHOTO: Rachael Leigh Cook in a still from a scene in "A Tourist's Guide to Love," which was filmed in Vietnam.

The project was also the first international production to film in Vietnam since the global pandemic, according to the streaming service.

"I knew that I wanted to do a movie that celebrated travel," Cook said. "Coming out of COVID, we haven't had as much community and a sort of global perspective. So this really felt like a good fit."

PHOTO: Le Thien, Rachael Leigh Cook and Scott Ly appear in this still from a scene in "A Tourist's Guide to Love."

Many who worked on the film shared a personal connection to it, including Ly.

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The actor, whose family fled their home in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, said that working on "A Tourist's Guide to Love" was a meaningful experience for him due to his familial connections.

"For it to be this first project that I get to really kind of sink my teeth into, play the lead role and have so much on my shoulders -- for it to be in Vietnam, from where my parents came from -- for it to be something that I could really just relate so well to, it was the perfect fairytale story," he said.

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"I got emotional too," he added. "My mom is always like, 'Hey honey, I teach you how to be a good person. You go out there and you experience life, and you go and do whatever you want to do.' So she knows she brought me to this country."

PHOTO: Rachael Leigh Cook and Scott Ly in a scene from Netflix's "A Tourist's Guide to Love."

"My mom's a great supporter," he added.

Screenwriter Eirene Tran Donohue took inspiration from her own life when she was unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend before her own trip to Vietnam, Cook shared. At an event, Donahue called the film her "love letter to Vietnam," according to Netflix .

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"There are almost no American movies set in Vietnam that aren't about the trauma of war," she told Tudum . "It was really important to me to tell a story about life now -- one that was full of joy and love and celebration. I wanted to change the conversation about Vietnam, to highlight it as a modern, thriving country whose stories are worthy of being told."

With the film's themes of adventure, love and travel, Cook also said she hopes it inspires interest in exploring Vietnam -- and she hopes the film inspires audiences to "believe in love if their belief had waned."

PHOTO: Scott Ly and Rachael Leigh Cook appear in a still from a scene in "A Tourist's Guide to Love," which was filmed in Vietnam.

Ly added that he hopes the film will inspire others to overcome their fears.

"I want them to know that any challenges or kind of fears they have, you can overcome them," he said. "You just got to find the right people. ... The opportunities [are] always there. You gotta take that leap, that's always the hardest step."

"When you take that first step, the next stuff is easier and easier and then you pull people in and you become like a magnet," he added. "Then, positive energy will come at you and like for me, I did that step and then Rachel came into my life and this project came into my life and then these other things came into my life."

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Ho Chi Minh City

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Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam. It’s where Amanda starts her trip. Along with the tour group, she browses Ben Thanh Market , one of the city's many lively markets where visitors can grab anything from fresh produce to garments and handcrafted items.

In Hoi An, an ancient town on Vietnam’s central coast, the tour group goes sightseeing, visiting spots like Quon Cong Temple . Hoi An turned out to be Do’s favorite place to film. “The town’s character is so unique,” the production designer says. “My team and I designed and created a total of four main locations within Hoi An.”

Do’s team set out to elevate the existing value of each location. The tailor shop was one such spot, created at a Yaly Couture shop. “Knowing their newest collection was not on current display, I took the privilege of turning their vintage courtyard into a brand-new showcase area with the most unique pieces of Yaly’s latest designs,” Do says. “And with the appropriate addition of the peacocks and some jays, this center area was transformed into an authentic colorful royal garden for our scene.”

The dreamy lantern-lit street that Amanda and Sinh wander down is another creation. While Hoi An is known for lanterns and small lantern-covered streets, none as elaborate as the one in the film existed. So, Do's ordered more than a thousand lanterns in various shapes and sizes. At more than half a mile long, it was constructed over four hot summer days—and it still stands. “We were very honored when Hoi An People’s Committee and Department of Culture asked production to leave this set intact for future tourists to enjoy,” Do says.

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When Amanda and Sinh partake in the water lantern festival, they’re on the bank of the Thu Bon River . That experience “is a treat to even a Vietnamese person because the actual festival only happens once a year, and it is rare for a tourist to conveniently be in Hoi An during such time,” Do explains.

Filming also took place at the Hoi An Hotel , which functioned like a studio since it was closed at the time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were going to name it Da Nguyet (Moon Watching) Hotel, but since the flower vines, after months of pandemic, had beautifully covered the sign of the hotel, we decided to let nature be the voice.”

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The coastal city of Da Nang was tapped as a filming location for its sandy beaches. About an hour away from Da Nang and Hoi An, filming also took place at My Son Sanctuary . The Unesco World Heritage site encompasses the remains of tower temples and “was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence,” according to Unesco . Surrounded by mountains, the area is set in a stunning geological basin.

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Sinh’s family home is located in Hà Giang, on the banks of the Lô River in northeastern Vietnam. “Hà Giang, and Hà Giang city in particular, was an incredible opportunity to show Vietnam’s cultural ethnic heritage and roots,” Do says of the area. It took the cast and crew six hours to get there from Hanoi. “Its rustic, countryside beauty with fields and terraces of rice really lent the off-the-beaten-track value to the film.”

The pure beauty and cultural value aren’t the only aspects that made filming in the location extra special. “It could very well be the last time that that old village is filmed, as Hà Giang is developing at such a rapid speed, meaning a traveler would need to drive eight, even 10 hours to see the likes of that kind of village again,” Do says.

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Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi served as the backdrop for the film’s final scenes. Both the interior and exterior for the water puppet show were shot at Thang Long National Water Puppet Theatre , which is located in the heart of the city and near one of Vietnam’s most famous lakes called Ho Hoan Kiem. “The traditional art of performing water puppet shows dates back as far as the 11th century from the people whose life were nurtured by the water of the Red River,” Do says. “For us, it was a mission to bring this art form into our film.”

The heartwarming moment between Amanda and Sinh at the end was filmed at the iconic roundabout in front of the Hanoi Opera House , which was built by the French from 1901 through 1911 and was inspired by classical Greek architecture and Paris’s Palais Garnier.

In Hanoi, filming also took place at the Tirant Hotel . Located on Gia Ngu Street in the Old Quarter, the hotel has operated since 2011. Surrounded by beloved restaurants and entertainment venues, it’s ideal for both business and leisure travelers.

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As the sun set in Hoi An one evening last spring,  Rachael Leigh Cook gazed out on the Vietnamese scene on the Thu Bon River. Her mom sat beside her beaming ear-to-ear as someone played Peter Gabriel in the distance. “I remember thinking, ‘I don’t want anything else in the world—I just want to be exactly here, where I am,'” the 43-year-old actress says. “That was a transcendent travel moment for me.” It’s exactly that kind of travel magic that’s celebrated in her latest film,  A Tourist’s Guide to Love , a Netflix original, premiering April 21, about travel executive Amanda Riley who is sent undercover to experience a small-group tour company that her American corporation is considering buying. Arriving in Vietnam with a check-list of sights to see, she soon discovers that the most meaningful moments are found veering off the itinerary. 

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In A Tourist's Guide to Love , Rachael Leigh Cook's Amanda is a lovelorn travel executive who goes undercover to learn more about Vietnam's tourism industry.

Filmed all around the Asian nation—from its major hubs Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to the beach town of Da Nang and the northeastern province of Ha Giang —Cook was stunned by how unique every corner of the country is. “It seemed too good to be true,” she says. “Then I got there and realized it’s just that beautiful, and people will get to discover that if they watch our movie.” 

This movie is such a celebration of travel—how has traveling been a part of your life? I spent my whole childhood in Minnesota . My dad worked in the school system, so we could travel a little bit in the summer, but we never went especially far. My parents are extremely prudent financially and we would stay at youth hostels. I remember we went to the Seattle's Northwest Folklife Festival and saw the fish market . As someone who didn't travel much as a kid, the opportunities to travel that have come from my work have shown me some of the most eye-opening and unexpected moments of my life. And this movie is the pinnacle of that.

The movie starts in Ho Chi Minh City and ends in Hanoi—how do the cities compare? Ho Chi Minh City is bustling. It is hard-working, fast-paced, and kind of crazy. There are incredible rooftops there. There's glamour. Anything that you could want to find, you can find in Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi is completely different. The energy there is very different. Everyone walks at a slower pace. There's just less sound in the air. The aesthetic is different—and it’s absolutely beautiful. 

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Scott Ly plays Sinh, an expat tour guide with whom Amanda falls in love.

The first spark of romance comes during a scene in Hoi An—how would you describe it? When people see images of Vietnam that have those streets full of lanterns and borderline Disney magic about them, that's Hoi An. It's stunningly beautiful—I think that that might have been my favorite stop. It’s conveniently very near Da Nang, which is named the most livable city in Vietnam. It's just a gorgeous beach town. I'm not gonna pretend it wasn't hot. Of course it is. It's Vietnam. But a must-see for sure. 

The group then ventures off the plan and heads to My Son Sanctuary . What was it like to film there? You can feel the stillness and the history there. Its beauty is transcendent and very special. It feels pretty weird to have lighting equipment on an ancient temple—that juxtaposition is not lost on me. I felt just very grateful that they let us film there. I hope that people want to go check it out after seeing our movie.

The movie purposely skips the Golden Hand Bridge , but did you go there? I totally went to the Golden Hand Bridge. We even say in the movie that it’s awesome, but it's just not steeped in as much history. My mom came out for about 10 days with my kids—they couldn't miss more school, but they came during their spring break—and they absolutely loved it. They've created a theme park after a gondola ride. It takes like 22 minutes to get to the top of this mountain. And then up there is something that I would equate to the scale of maybe like a quarter the size of Disneyland and there are theme park rides up there. There is a giant—I don't want to call it a food hall because it's beautiful—but all these restaurants, it is really worth seeing. The engineering blows my mind. What a gift that we got to experience that together.

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The film is set in both bustling Ho Chi Minh City and sleepy Hanoi, giving a glimpse at life in various Vietnamese cities.

Filming the homestay scene in Ha Giang must have been quite a contrast? Ha Giang is mountainous and very beautiful and it's near the border to China. It was probably our most rustic place. It's very much a hard-working community that's seen a lot over the years. It's one of those places I never would have been motivated to come to, but I'm so glad that I did. It’s very user-friendly and the people they're incredibly welcoming. They're excited that you're there. They want to know how you got there. I really just hope they liked the movie—I hope we do them justice.

What were your favorite food experiences in Vietnam?   The food that I ate way too much of that I have not been able to find as good since I've returned back here is bánh xèo. That's my favorite thing. It's like a very thin egg pancake with fresh vegetables quickly cooked in it, and it gets wrapped up like a pancake. So it's sort of like a burrito without the burrito. And oh my gosh, the sauces with it. It's delicious. I did try the durian. I was impressed by the taste. It's in the family of sweetness of a mango, almost. I found the consistency [was] what I couldn't really get behind. And obviously this smell—it is as advertised.

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Cook notes the difference between a tourist—someone who wants to escape their life—and a traveler, who does so in order to experience theirs.

Amanda is a very over-prepared traveler. How would you categorize yourself? My packing style is not impressive. If I have a week to pack, it'll take a week. If I have three hours to pack, it'll take three hours. If I have 30 minutes, it'll take 30 minutes. The results are all the same. It's never better or worse. My travel style is generally unprepared and heavy on recommendations. I love knowing where people say to go, especially if it's friends or friends of friends, I find that the most fun and reliable way to sort of like wade through a city. I also like to stay where it makes things central, so I can walk as much as possible. I'm a little bit daunted by taking underground systems where I can get lost because I have no sense of direction.

What’s been your favorite interaction with a stranger while traveling? I made friends with this woman when I was working [on 2014’s  Red Sky ] in Russia. She spoke no English and I speak no Russian, but we could just tell that we liked each other and that we had a similar vibe and humor, and we still found ways to laugh together. I remember her very fondly—she's such a special soul.

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Cook's own travel style is different from the overprepared Amanda—the actress relies largely on recommendations. 

What’s a place you’d always go back to? A place I've been twice and I hope I go many times is Moorea , near Bora Bora [and] Tahiti . I think it was Marlon Brando who lived out in Bora Bora because he knew that his heart rate would drop by like 20 percent the second he touched down there, and I could feel it in myself too. It's just so relaxing and centering.

What do you think it is about travel that makes us let go? In the movie, we say a tourist is someone who wants to escape their lives, and a traveler is someone who wants to experience theirs. But I think that those sentiments go hand-in-hand. Sometimes you gotta jump out of the boat that you're in to be able to experience a new thing, and that's okay. Getting out of your comfort zone is what creates and inspires lasting memories. You don't know how long life is going to be, and you should spend your life on experience.

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If you’ve never been to Vietnam, you’ll a chance to experience the country via your television screen with A Tourist’s Guide to Love, the new Netflix romantic comedy that began streaming today .

Directed by Steven K. Tsuchida, with a screenplay written by Eirene Tran Donohue, A Tourist’s Guide to Love stars Rachel Leigh Cook as a travel industry professional named Amanda, who finds herself unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend (played by Ben Feldman). To help take her mind off the break-up, Amanda’s boss (Missi Pyle) sends her on an assignment in Vietnam, to scope out a family-owned tour company for a potential buy-out. But when sparks fly between between Amanda and her Vietnamese tour guide, Sinh (Scott Ly), that complicated the business (and the pleasure) side of things.

The story might be familiar, but the setting will likely be new to many American audiences. Just as Amanda gets a tour of Vietnam, A Tourist’s Guide to Love offer viewers a first-hand look at some of the country’s most beautiful spots. “There are almost no American movies set in Vietnam that aren’t about the trauma of war,” noted screenwriter Eirene Tran Donohue in an interview with Tudum . “I wanted to change the conversation about Vietnam, to highlight it as a modern thriving country whose stories are worthy of being told.”

Read on to learn more about A Tourist’s Guide to Love filming locations.

Where was A Tourist’s Guide to Love filmed?

A Tourist’s Guide to Love was filmed on location in Vietnam in April 2022. The production shot in many Vietnamese locations including Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hội An, Hanoi, and Hà Giang.

In a recent interview with Decider , star and producer Rachael Leigh Cook said, “The hardest part about doing press for this movie is—dead honest with you—is trying to describe Vietnam. Because there are truly no words. It’s just more of a feeling than anything. And it’s good that we have images, and instead of me trying to explain it to people!”

Every spot that Amanda visits in the movie was filmed on location, Cook said. But Cook’s personal favorite location? Hội An, a city famous for it’s markets, temples, and well-preserved ancient town. “I was really blown away by Hội An,” Cook said. “Just the magic in the air there. And it’s so near Da Nang, the beach town, so this sort of two-for-one that you get there is incredible.” That said, Cook stressed she would be happy to return to any part of Vietnam—as long as she got to drink the coffee. “I just want all of the coffee straight into my bloodstream. American coffee is not as good. There, I said it! Their coffee is better.”

The film is loosely based on the story of how screenwriter Eirene Tran Donohue, whose family is Vietnamese, met her current partner while taking an extended vacation in the country following a break-up. “On my last week in Vietnam, I met a Canadian backpacker who was very much a free spirit and very adventurous,” she said in an interview with Tudum. “It made me realize that I didn’t actually want a safe predictable life. He was supposed to be my holiday fling, [but] we have been together ever since — 22 years.”

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  • Netflix’s ‘A Tourist’s Guide to Love’ - A step closer to the beauty of Vietnam

A Tourist’s Guide to Love is the first Netflix’s film shot in Vietnam, telling about an unintentional love of Amanda with the adventurous and exciting Sinh. Especially, the film showcases the beauty of local landscapes along with that of Vietnamese people and culture through six main filming locations: Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hoi An, My Son and Ha Giang

After the premiere on Netflix, A Tourist’s Guide to Love soon to claim its position as the most-watched movies globally on Netflix.

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A typical rom-com that anyone might be looking for on a lazy Saturday, however, A Tourist’s Guide to Love certainly celebrates the country, showcasing multiple cities and landscapes as Amanda (played by She’s All That’s Rachael Leigh Cook) and her new friends discover the wonders of Vietnam. They find adventure and romance in markets, streets, temples, and ancient villages that actually were the set for some of the film’s most beautiful scenes.

As someone who had never been to Vietnam before this production, my fervent hope is that it’s worth the watch just to get a sense of this incredible country… We filmed in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Da Nang, Ha Giang and Hanoi, all of which are wildly different places in look, history and energy…

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Eager to explore Vietnam by yourself but can’t get away right now? Make your way through the most memorable Vietnam locations in A Tourist’s Guide to Love below. No passport needed of course.

Ho Chi Minh City

A bustling metropolis, a hub of commerce and culture. Since the city is well known for its lively streets, impressive skyscrapers and vibrant nightlife, travellers can find many interesting things and places to experience. The city offers an eclectic mix of colonial architecture, historic landmarks, and cultural attractions. It’s also home to the city’s famous Ben Thanh Market. Other places to be considered are: The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon - a stunning example of French colonial architecture and features many stained glass windows and intricate carvings; The Saigon Central Post Office - a must-visit for architecture lovers, with many rooms to explore and ornate details to marvel at; Cu Chi Tunnels - an impressive network of underground tunnels during the resistance war of Vietnamese people. Not far from the centre city, the Mekong Delta provides a wonderful cruising tour for sprawling views of paddy fields and houseboats creating signature floating markets.

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica

The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An, the gorgeous coastal town of Vietnam famous for its handcrafted lanterns, yellow hue households which are rich in cultural experiences to dive into. The Ancient Town, which is a UNESCO-listed heritage site, is simply a spectacle. For a taste of local life, you can pay a visit to Tra Que Vegetable Village where farmers grow the lushest greens, or Sampan’s Distillerie d’Indochine to sample the one and only Vietnam-made rum. Whether to satisfy culture hunters or lazy souls preferring relaxing on a pristine beach, Hoi An is a wonderful destination that surely offers something for everyone. You should experience unmissable activities such as riding the iconic basket boats, experiencing farm life at Tra Que Vegetable Village, checking out the Lune Centre, getting an education at the Hoi An Silk Village.

A coastal city in Central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches. With a huge arc of gently curving sand at the coastline, Da Nang boasts beach areas to suit a range of sunseekers. And what else? My Son Sanctuary, located not far from the City of Bridges. The sanctuary is an architectural complex of many Champa temples with extremely unique architecture, influenced by Hinduism. All temples in the My Son sanctuary are made of brick and stone, facing the East - the direction of the rising sun. On the walls of the temples and towers are sophisticated, elaborate and meticulous carvings with many sophisticated details.

Linh Ung Pagoda Da Nang

Linh Ung Pagoda

Serving as Sinh (Scott Ly) hometown, where Amanda and friends celebrate Tet as guests. The north-eastern mountainous province of Ha Giang, home to 22 ethnic groups, also well-known as the place where “flowers grow in rocks”. Ha Giang in the spring will be coated in the scent of flowers, especially cherry blossoms, plum flowers, mustard flowers and pear flowers in March. Spring is also the season of festivals. In Ha Giang in October-December, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the subtle fragrance, witness with their own eyes a purple colour of the buckwheat flowers covering all the small villages.

Nho Que River

A view of Nho Que River from above

Besides primitive and majestic landscapes, Ha Giang also owns historical relic sites such as the Heaven’s Gate and Quan Ba twin mountains (Quan Ba District); the Vuong Family Palace and Lung Cu Flagpole (Dong Van District); Ma Pi Leng Pass (Meo Vac District); Tien (Fairy) Waterfall – Gio (Wind) Pass and the Ancient Rock field of Nam Dan (Xin Man District); and Quang Ngan mineral stream in Vi Xuyen District, etc.

The Temple of Literature in Ha Noi

The Temple of Literature (Ha Noi)

The adventure finally comes to an end in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, embracing and nurturing the well blended of tradition, ancient and contemplative elements. Ha Noi is a home of many historical relics such as the Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university and educated hundreds of well-known scholars and mandarins. Ha Noi is also a place to have fun and explore with many art shows such as water puppet dances, The Quintessence of Tonkin,... a shopping hub and a true place to wander and taste street food.

Water Puppet Show in Ha Noi

Water Puppet Show

Viewers of A Tourist’s Guide to Love can find the film a slapstick comedy, fish-out-of-water gags, copious shopping montages, a secret to be revealed and a last-minute dash to say “I love you”, but this time they’re set against the backdrop of present-day Vietnam, which gives this artwork an unusual feeling of novelty. “A Tourist’s Guide to Love” is essentially a travelogue with a plot, and, somehow, a motivation for you to pack your suitcase and come to Vietnam, to explore, relax and play and all above, to live freely and fully in Vietnam.

We hope to see you in Vietnam, in person, really soon!

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Writer of new Netflix rom-com set in Vietnam: ‘I wanted to change the conversation about Vietnam’

Writer of new Netflix rom-com set in Vietnam: ‘I wanted to change the conversation about Vietnam’

On my last week in Vietnam, I met a Canadian backpacker who was very much a free spirit and very adventurous. It made me realize that I didn’t actually want a safe predictable life. He was supposed to be my holiday fling, [but] we have been together ever since — 22 years.

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There are almost no American movies set in Vietnam that aren’t about the trauma of war. It was really important to me to tell a story about life now. One that was full of joy and love and celebration. I wanted to change the conversation about Vietnam, to highlight it as a modern thriving country whose stories are worthy of being told.

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Netflix's Tourist's Guide to Love Sheds Light On The Beauty Of Vietnam

Netflix's Tourist's Guide to Love Sheds Light On The Beauty Of Vietnam, she embarks on a romantic and adventurous relationship

Rafael Peña • May 5, 2023

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A Tourist’s Guide To Love is a film about a travel executive who takes on a new mission to investigate the tourism industry in Vietnam undercover. During her journey, she begins a romantic and adventurous relationship with her Vietnamese ex-pat tour guide after an unforeseen breakup.

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Directed by Steven Tsuchida and penned by Eirene Tran Donohue, the film aims to urge audiences to explore beyond the usual tourist spots. The film shows a side of Vietnam that is not shown in mainstream Hollywood movies.

“There are almost no American movies that I can think of set in Vietnam that aren’t about the trauma of war,” Donohue, who based the script on her own life-changing trip to Vietnam. “It was really important to me to tell a story about life there now, one that was full of joy and love and celebration.”

The film not only highlights the beauty of Vietnam through various cities and landscapes, but also depicts adventure and romance. It touched on what travel experiences should be about. The main characters stress the importance of living in the moment and embracing travel as an experience and not an itinerary.

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This film highlights the beauty of Vietnamese culture. It explores the different cities and experiences that one could have when visiting this beautiful place.

“We filmed in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Da Nang, Ha Giang and Hanoi, all of which are wildly different places in look, history and energy,” said Rachael Leigh Cook who plays Amanda to Netflix . “Our goal, that I feel like our director Steven Tsuchida accomplished, is that you feel like you had a seat on the bus with us.”

Here are some of the cities that the movie explored.

Ho Chi Minh City

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With a population of over 8 million people, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and was previously known as Saigon. As the cultural and economic center of the country, the city is bustling with activity.

It is a vibrant and dynamic hub of modern skyscrapers and historic landmarks. Ho Chi Minh City has busy street markets, and delicious street food. The Vietnam city attracts tourists from around the world and is a highly sought-after destination.

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Hoi An is a small coastal city in central Vietnam. Most people know are aware of it because of Ancient Town. The town is a melting pot of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese cultures.

The old town features well-preserved historic buildings, narrow streets and canals. It also is famous for its lanterns. They are sold throughout the town and lit up at night. It creates a magical atmosphere.

Vietnam

Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam, located between the popular tourist destinations of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It is the fifth largest city in Vietnam and has a population of over a million people. Da Nang is known for its beautiful beaches, lush landscapes, and rich history. It served as an important trading port during the Cham dynasty. The city also has a modern and cosmopolitan vibe with a variety of shopping and dining options. Popular attractions in Da Nang include the Marble Mountains, the Museum of Cham Sculpture and the Dragon Bridge.

The Vietnam city of Ha Giang is home to many minority communities. Visitors to Ha Giang can trek through the mountains, visit traditional villages and witness the local culture and way of life. The province has regional specialties, such as thang co and grilled duck.

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Hanoi is the capital and second-largest city in Vietnam with a population of over 8 million people. Located in the northern region of the country, Hanoi has rich history, cultural landmarks and delicious cuisine. Hanoi is home to many museums, including the Vietnam National Museum of History and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Visitors can enjoy traditional water puppet shows, explore the famous Hoan Kiem Lake and sample local street food.

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10 Documentaries to Watch Before Visiting Vietnam

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Before heading to Vietnam it’s best to become familiar with the country’s dynamic history and culture. To help, we’ve compiled a list of great documentaries to check out before visiting this beautiful, fascinating country.

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Luke Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian chef who explores Vietnamese cuisine in this Food Network series . Each episode takes place in a different area in Vietnam, each with its own distinct local specialties. Check out one of the many episodes of this series to become well-versed with local foods and to catch a preview of some of Vietnam’s beautiful cities.

PBS: The Vietnam War

This extensive PBS documentary is long but extraordinarily informative, exploring testimonies from veterans and witnesses on both sides. The 10-part series chronicles the entirety of the war from the end of French colonization to the fall of Saigon and took over a decade to create. It requires a time commitment but you’ll come out of it with in-depth knowledge of Vietnam’s turbulent past.

Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations – Vietnam

Travel guru Anthony Bourdain filmed three episodes of his popular No Reservations series in Vietnam, exploring the country’s delicious cuisine while capturing compelling footage of modern day life from the never-ending urban traffic jams in Saigon, to the serene countryside in Da Lat . It is an excellent introduction to mouthwatering Vietnamese dishes and the country’s rich history from a traveler’s perspective.

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This beautiful, poignant film examines the painful legacy of the Vietnam War on families who lost loved ones in battle. The film follows American widow Barbara Sonneborn who travels to Vietnam to see where her solider husband spent his days before being killed in combat. There, she encounters several Vietnamese women who candidly speak about the emotional loss of their husbands who either fought for the North or South.

This 1992 cross-cultural romance focuses on a French plantation owner in the 30s, her adopted Vietnamese daughter, and a French soldier during Vietnam’s struggle for independence from the French. It isn’t a documentary, but many viewers admit to wanting to travel Vietnam after watching the film because of the stunning scenery. Today you can visit the cafe in Hanoi where the film’s star Catherine Deneuve bought her coffee and croissants every morning while filming.

Vietnam’s stunning countryside

Daughter from Danang

Daughter from Danang tells the incredible story of Heidi Bub, a Vietnamese-American girl who was taken to America during “Operation Babylift” in 1975. The film chronicles her experience growing up with her adoptive single mother in Tennessee and her mission to find her biological mother in Vietnam decades later. It is a moving, difficult reflection on the cultural differences between the East and West.

Vietnamese orphaned babies being airlifted out of Vietnam as part of Operation Babylift

Hearts and Minds

This 1974 Vietnam War documentary is based on former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s infamous remark that if America was to win the war, they’d have to win the “hearts and minds” of the Vietnamese people. This polarizing documentary is accused by some of being anti-war propaganda while others hail it as a political masterpiece. The director places interviews with American military figures against shocking scenes of war footage, prompting the accusations of bias. It’s an epic documentary that should be seen before visiting Vietnam to understand how internationally polarizing the war really was.

Three Seasons

This 1999 Vietnamese language film is about the rapid Westernization of Saigon and how urban Vietnamese culture is changing to adapt to capitalism. The main characters marvel at and struggle to accept the rapid rise of 5-star hotels, flashing lights, and international advertisements. This drama deserves a spot on this list because the film does a beautiful job showcasing modern Vietnam and allows the audience to catch a glimpse of how much Vietnamese cities have changed since the U.S. lifted the embargo in 1995.

Modern-day Saigon at night

This documentary follows a family living in the wake of a split-second decision that changes their lives. The Hoang family was one of the last to be airlifted to America out of Vietnam in 1975, accidentally leaving a daughter behind. One of the younger daughters persuades her family to reunite with loved ones in Vietnam for the first time in decades, revealing wounds of war that have never healed. It is a touching reflection on “how a war lives on inside people long after the fighting stops”.

Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown”: Hanoi

This famous episode featured former U.S. President Barack Obama when he met Bourdain for some bun cha , a local Vietnamese dish and a cheap beer in Vietnam’s capital city . The small restaurant they dined at immortalized their presence by encasing it in a glass case with their used dishes and beer bottles. This classic episode spends more time in Hanoi exploring the city, local traditions, and, of course, the delicious food.

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2- down to earth with zac efron, 3- zulu man in japan, 4- tales by light, 5- dark tourist, 6- jack whitehall: travels with my father, 7- guatemala: heart of the mayan world, 8- untamed romania, 9- street food asia, 10- somebody feed phil, 11- salt fat acid heat, 12- chef’s table, 13- ugly delicious, 14- high on the hog, 15- expedition happiness, 16- paul holywood’s big continental road trip, 17- pedal the world, 18- biking borders, 19- the kindness diaries, 20- magical land of oz, 21- planet earth i and ii, 22- cabins in the wild, 23- the world’s most amazing vacation rentals, 24- instant hotel, 25- travel man, top travel shows on netflix.

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If you love exploring the mountains and people living in between them, this Netflix travel documentary will appeal to your sense of adventure.

Travel to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina’s southern tip, a region with abundant wildlife that thrives on its temperate climate because of its isolation from other continents’ animals.

The terrain ranges from diverse forests with giant trees like Patagonian Cypress, Andean Beech tree or Southern Chilean Myrtle to white-sand beaches washed by turquoise waves as seen in Ushuaia where Magellan landed 400 years ago and named it “Great Land.”

Discover Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost point on Earth in Argentin a, and Torres del Paine Park, one of South America’s most beautiful places.

Follow the Andes through Mendoza up into Bolivia, where you’ll find Uyuni – a large salt flat that holds more than 11 billion tons of sediments left by ancient lakes from 15 million years ago.

Nearby La Paz offers an aerial tram ride for views like no other as it takes off over 2,600 meters above sea level with breathtaking panoramas of The Bolivian Plateau stretching out before you below.

If this isn’t enough adventure in South America , there are the mysteries of Machu Picchu to discover.

Released in: 2019

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Down to Earth with Zac Efron is a Netflix travel documentary that follows the journeys of American actor, producer and singer-songwriter Zac Efron.

His travels to France, London , Sardinia, Iceland, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Peru cover the serious issue of sustainable ways in a light and easily digestible tone.

Together with wellness expert Darin Olien, Zac searches for the secrets to long life and good health.

The series also addresses attaining a higher level of eco-consciousness, with a good dose of thrills.

Zac explores the birthplace of eco-tourism in Costa Rica and learns how a county is obtaining power from 100% renewable sources.

Another interesting activity is exploring London’s clean eating, green walls and urban beekeeping.

From Calais to Paris and Lourdes in France , the theme of water is another fascinating subject to explore through this travel series.

Released: 10 July 2020

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The Zulu Man in Japan is a documentary exploring Japanese culture and is a 48-minute visual experience.

The travel documentary is a collaboration between the award-winning Durbanite and some of Japan’s coolest musicians, including JP The Wavey, Ricky and Yoshi.

Zulu Man explores Japan’s food, culture, life and public transport in this contemporary cultural travel show that fans will love.

Released: 25 September 2020

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Tales by Light is an Australian documentary reality television series that originally aired on National Geographic.

It follows several professional photographers worldwide as they capture images that tell a story through their eyes, and behind every powerful image lies a tale worth telling.

The photographers in Tales by Light push the limits of their craft and convey a sense of places and cultures through their art.

Each episode is focused on a different photographer, and the themes focus on protecting beautiful places and cultures around the wider world.

Released: 24 May 2015 and available on Netflix 11 November 2016

From a haunted forest to a nuclear lake and other places where death and tragedy occurred, if quirky and macabre travel spots attract you, make sure you watch Dark Tourist on Netflix.

The series visits Medellin and delves into the legacy of Pablo Escobar and on to Mexico City, where the followers of Santa Muerte spill their secrets.

In Japan, explore Tomioka, which was evacuated during the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a robot hotel, death worshipping cult and a suicide hotspot.

Explore murder locations in Milwaukee, where Jeffrey Dahmer did gruesome deeds, go on tours that investigate the assassination of JFK, meet vampires in New Orleans and take a tour of the Manson murders.

Dark tourism may not be mainstream but it’s an interesting show.

Released: 20 July 2018

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Travels with My Father is a series that follows comedian Jack Whitehall and his father across southeast Asia.

Father and son start off by exploring Vietnam , Cambodia and Thailand and move to Eastern Europe in the second series, while the third series is in the American West and the fourth series discovers Australia.

It’s a must-see for Jack Whitehall fams as this travel documentary series is a funny and heartwarming take on life.

Released: 22 September 2017

This documentary explores the rich landscape and culture of Guatemala, featuring the mysteries of ancient Mayan cities.

Guatemala is the heart of the 2000-year-old Mayan civilisation, which mysteriously collapsed.

This Netflix travel series starts in Petén, which has over 50 Mayan archaeological sites.

Maya culture continues to influence contemporary Guatemala, where four million people speak 24 Maya languages and traditions like weaving and counting the days in the Maya calendar still exist.

Watch this show on Netflix, and you’ll be itching to visit Guatemala’s museums, archaeological sites and towns.

Released: 11 December 2019

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Untamed Romania is a feature-length film that celebrates the natural beauty of Romania , featuring its wildlife.

The show is narrated by Victor Rebengiuc and was produced through 12 months of his travels around the country.

From the Danube Delta to the Făgăraș mountains, this beautiful travel diary showcases the different seasons in Romania and is a must-see for nature lovers.

If you’re interested in exploring Romania, this series is worth watching.

Released: 18 March 2018.

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Some of the best travel shows are to do with food.

Street Food Asia is a relatable show on Netflix that takes viewers into the kitchens in the backstreets of Asia’s best food cities.

From Bangkok to Singapore, Delhi to Osaka , the American Netflix documentary by David Gelb and Brian McGinn will take you on an exciting exploration of popular dishes.

The show splices in archival footage with interviews and follows street cooks and how street food has played a part in the culture of each country.

It’s one of the best travel documentary series to discover Asian delights.

Released: 26 April 2019

This Netflix original follows the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond worldwide, visiting cities like Dublin, Bangkok, Mexico City, New Orleans, Buenos Aires and Cape Town.

The fourth season goes from Rio de Janeiro to the Mississippi Delta to Hawaii.

Experiences include eating street food in Chinatown and exploring Bangkok’s floating market.

From slurping pho in Saigon and drinking Vietnamese coffee to eating shakshuka and visiting a synagogue-themed hummus shop in Tel Aviv, readers go on a fascinating discovery of delicious recipes

Released: 12 January 2018.

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Salt Fat Acid Heat explores the ingredients at the heart of dishes around the world.

From olive oil and cheese in Italy to soy and miso in Japan, watching this travel show on Netflix is a great way for foodies to experience the world.

Released: 2018

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Another famous travel show on Netflix is Chef’s Table, which follows the best chefs in the world, an episode at a time.

From the tranquillity of rural Sweden to the mountains of Peru and temples in South Korea , watching this chef show is a fantastic way to explore the world through its food culture.

Each episode follows a different chef and features each chef’s philosophies to cooking.

Released: 26 April 2015

Awards: 2018 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program and many other awards since 2015.

Another popular chef show follows award-winning chef David Chang on a culinary journey of the popular hotspots.

Accompanied by a bevy of interesting characters, including artists, writers, activists and famous chefs, they use food to break down cultural barriers.

From top-notch kitchens to local eateries, the show is a showcase of food in some of the globe’s best foodie cities, including Copenhagen, Tokyo and Houston.

Released: 23 February 2018.

African-American soul food is the star of High on the Hog, a travel show on Netflix based on the eponymous book.

A culmination of years of work showcases the history of African American cuisine, tracing the journey from cultivating and harvesting to processing and cooking.

It’s a celebration of food that African slaves brought to America, including blackeyed peas, watermelon and okra.

This is one of the best travel shows to help you delve into this aspect of America’s history.

Released: 26 May 2021.

Road Trip Travel Shows On Netflix

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Expedition Happiness follows a young German couple, Felix and Mogli, who take off on a road journey in a refurbished school bus.

From Alaska to Mexico, this travel show is about the couple’s search for happiness.

They leave city life in Berlin to feed their souls with their mountain dog.

Various setbacks make this show a riveting watch, and the characters are real people who have fears and hopes.

From worrying about whether soldiers have framed them by planting drugs under their bus to drinking tequila with a drug dealer, you’ll want to know whether they do find happiness in their travels.

Released: 4 May 2017.

Baker and actor Paul Hollywood, a fan of sleek sports cars, discovers how popular cars in Europe are connected with culture and identity.

In Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip, Paul visits France , Italy and Germany to drive popular cars such as the £2 million Italian Huayra, a 2CV in France and a German VW Kombi Camper Van.

Released: 28 May 2017

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Follow a young millennial as he bicycles around the globe through 22 countries, searching for the meaning in life.

The 20,000 km journey is a year-long bicycle tour through multiple countries, visiting some of the most famous landmarks around the world.

From Germany to Turkey to South east Asia to New Zealand and the USA, Felix Starck has an adventure like no other, documenting his personal experience.

It’s a bucket list journey for cycling fans to watch.

Released: 29 October 2015

Some of the best travel shows are about exploring places while doing something good for humanity.

A 15,000 km bicycle tour around the world raising funds to build a school in Guatemala is a worthy cause to follow.

Follow the adventures of Max and Nono from Berlin to Beijing and be inspired by their Beijing to Berlin.

Released: 2019

The Kindness Diaries is a social experiment that puts the spotlight on generosity and selflessness.

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During her 1968 congressional campaign, Shirley Chisholm was at home in New York City when she heard a knock. Outside her door, she found a woman holding a dirty envelope full of nickels, dimes and quarters—campaign contributions, the visitor explained. She and her friends had raised $9.62.

“Their gesture moved me to tears,” Chisholm later recalled . It also fortified her resolve. On November 5, she became the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress.

This was Chisholm’s origin story, and she told it often, so often that the details weren’t always consistent. In some accounts, she found an elderly woman at her door on a winter night. In others, it was a woman on welfare with an envelope; sometimes the knock came on a summer morning .

Chisholm announces her presidential campaign

“The story varied slightly in different published versions,” writes historian Anastasia C. Curwood in Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics . “More important than the details of the story was Chisholm’s repetition of it. She wanted it known that she was the people’s candidate. Black women of small means wanted her to represent them in the national government.”

A few years later, Chisholm started sharing a similar story: People kept asking her to run for president. She kept telling them to be realistic. “You don’t run for the presidency of this country on the basis of a moral feeling or moral commitment,” she remembered saying. “You need money.” Voters in Florida and Minnesota took her words as a challenge, scraping together $10,000 for her campaign. It was too late to back out.

On January 25, 1972, Chisholm called a press conference at a Baptist church in her Brooklyn district. She stood at a podium, her face slightly obscured by a tangle of microphones, smiling and waving at a cheering audience. As the applause faded, she briefly lowered her head; when she looked back up, her gracious smile replaced with a firm gaze, she announced that she was running for president.

“My presence before you now,” she said , “symbolizes a new era in American political history.”

Chisholm speaks at the Democratic National Convention

Who was Shirley Chisholm?

Shirley , a new biographical drama written and directed by John Ridley (writer of the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave ), fictionalizes Chisholm’s history-making political career. Arriving on Netflix on March 22, Shirley begins with the politician’s election to Congress but focuses primarily on her 1972 bid for the Democratic nomination, which made her the first Black woman to pursue a presidential nomination on a major party’s ticket.

“Her resilience was impressive,” says Academy Award-winning actress Regina King , who stars in the film as Chisholm. “Every photograph you see of her, every interview you watch, she always has such a commanding presence about her.”

When King and her sister, Reina King (both co-producers on the film), began working on the project about 15 years ago, they realized how many people had never heard of Chisholm. They weren’t historians themselves, and “​​there was so much that we didn’t know,” says King, but “at least we knew that there was an awesome being named Shirley Chisholm [who] existed.” King later approached Ridley with the idea while they were working together on the anthology series “ American Crime .”

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Born to immigrant parents in Brooklyn in November 1924, Chisholm was the oldest of four sisters. Her father, Charles St. Hill, was a factory worker from British Guiana, while her mother, Ruby Seale St. Hill, was a seamstress from Barbados. As the family grew, the young couple struggled to make ends meet. They decided to send the girls to live with their maternal grandmother, Emmeline Seale, in Barbados while they saved money.

These years were formative for Chisholm, a headstrong child who had been regarded as something of a nuisance back in Brooklyn. Two thousand miles away, she formed a deep bond with her grandmother, who nurtured her independence. (Chisholm would later name her grandmother as one of her role models, alongside the illustrious civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt .) She also attended Barbados’ “strict, traditional, British-style schools,” where she learned to read and write before her fifth birthday, as she later recalled in her 1970 memoir . “If I speak and write easily now, that early education is the main reason.”

The girls returned to Brooklyn in 1934, when Chisholm was 9. She felt stifled by her parents’ strict rules and the city’s cold winters. But she was a top student throughout high school, ultimately becoming the first person in her family to go to college. She turned down scholarship offers to Vassar College and Oberlin College—her family couldn’t afford room and board—and enrolled at Brooklyn College , graduating with a degree in sociology in 1946.

Chisholm, a diminutive 22-year-old who looked much younger than her actual age, had trouble finding work. Eventually, a Harlem child care center took a chance on her, and she rose quickly through the ranks. During those years, she married Conrad Chisholm, a private investigator from Jamaica, and took night classes at Columbia University , where she earned a master’s degree in elementary education in 1951.

In her 30s, Chisholm worked as the director of child care centers in Brooklyn and Manhattan before becoming a consultant in New York City’s Bureau of Child Welfare. Along the way, she developed a reputation as a fierce advocate for early learning, pushing back against experts who believed young children’s eyesight wasn’t developed enough for reading. “I say baloney, because I learned to read when I was 3 1/2,” Chisholm once said , “and I learned to write when I was 4.”

Around this time, she started thinking about politics, volunteering with groups like the Bedford-Stuyvesant Political League, the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Party club in Brooklyn. In 1964, she ran for an open seat in the New York State Assembly— and won . Just after her 40th birthday, her political career began in earnest.

Chisholm in a voting booth

Chisholm’s historic congressional victory

During her nearly four years in the assembly, Chisholm established a political agenda, advocating for causes such as unemployment insurance for domestic workers and access to higher education for low-income students. The experience also taught her valuable lessons about navigating complex political systems. “In Albany, I learned how the processes of representative government work—or do not work,” she wrote in her memoir. “Often it was their failure that I saw.”

Nevertheless, Chisholm believed that at this point in her career, exposure to this “cumbersome, obsolescent legislative apparatus geared to the 19th century” was vital. “All this prepared me consummately well for Washington,” she wrote. “The lesson was what I needed before I became a congresswoman.”

In 1968, lawmakers redrew Brooklyn’s 12th Congressional District. The new district covered the majority-Black Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, which had previously been split up into several surrounding districts. The incumbent white congresswoman, Edna Kelly , opted to run for re-election elsewhere, and onlookers expected the open seat to go to a Black candidate.

Chisholm wanted to be that candidate . The local Democratic Party chapter publicly declared its neutrality, but she believed it was unofficially backing another candidate, State Senator William Thompson . Chisholm attempted to turn the party bosses’ lack of support into a selling point, running under the slogan “ unbought and unbossed .”

“Chisholm did not have access to the cash that the party’s candidate did, but neither was she beholden to any party leadership,” writes Curwood in her biography. “She was literally a free agent and set about turning the party’s snub into an asset that would define her career.”

With very little money, Chisholm “campaigned the hard way, in the streets,” as she wrote in her memoir. “Indoors, with a selected audience, you have control. But out on the street corners with the people, in the housing projects, in parks, you are under fire constantly. If you are insincere or have something to hide, you will be found out.”

Chisholm ran on a platform that included low-cost housing, equality in education and federal support for day care centers. The newly redrawn 12th District had roughly 12,000 more women than men, and she built her campaign around them, courting her base over “endless little house parties and teas,” according to her memoir. Thompson, meanwhile, was “so sure he would win with the organization behind him that he was up at Cape Cod vacationing.”

Regina King as Chisholm standing with colleagues

In the summer of 1968, Chisholm scraped out a narrow victory in the Democratic primary. She then set her sights on the general election, where she would face off against James Farmer , a Black civil rights leader who didn’t live in Brooklyn. “I had to fight to win the primary,” Chisholm told Ebony magazine in 1969, “but once I beat Senator Thompson and the machine, I knew I could take on anyone.”

But soon after the primary, Chisholm’s husband started to worry that something was wrong. She wasn’t sleeping. She got up repeatedly throughout the night. When Conrad pushed her to go to a doctor, she learned she had a pelvic tumor. She would need to put her campaign on hold.

A biopsy quickly revealed the tumor was benign, but it had been growing for as long as two years. Chisholm would need a hysterectomy right away. Despite her protests, she was told the operation couldn’t wait until after the election.

When she arrived for surgery in late July, “I was so determined not to have the operation that I refused to go to sleep,” she wrote in her memoir. The surgical team then administered “such a large dose of anesthetic that I didn’t come to for 13 hours.” The hospital didn’t discharge her until August.

Later, recovering at home, she could hear trucks broadcasting pro-Farmer messages outside. Rumors circulated that she had cancer. That she was dying. Without her doctors’ permission, she returned to her campaign. One day, Chisholm, who normally weighed about 100 pounds, layered a beach towel under her clothes to hide the 17 pounds she’d lost and drove around with her team in her own truck, shouting from the loudspeakers that she was “ up and around .”

On November 5, Chisholm beat Farmer by a two-to-one margin, becoming the first Black woman ever elected to Congress. She was also the only woman in the freshman class of 1969. Two other Black congressmen, Louis Stokes of Ohio and Bill Clay of Missouri, entered the House of Representatives that year, bringing the total number of Black members to nine.

Chisholm and her congressional staff in 1970

Chisholm hired a devoted staff in Washington, D.C. But she struggled to find her footing in an environment that was largely hostile to her presence. For instance, one colleague voiced his amazement that she was making a $42,500 salary, just as he was, every time he saw her on the House floor. Finally, she confronted him with a suggestion: “First of all, since you can’t stand the idea of me making [$42,500] like you, when you see me coming into this chamber each day, vanish ,” she told him. “Vanish until I take my seat so that you won’t have to confront me with this.”

Soon after taking office, Chisholm, like all new members, was assigned to a committee. While members can state a preference—her first choice was the Committee on Education and Labor —assignments are typically allocated based on seniority. Chisholm understood the process, but she was still surprised when she learned she would be serving on the Agriculture Committee . ( Shirley dramatizes this moment near the beginning of the film: “Corn? Wheat? Cows? I represent Brooklyn.”)

She decided to challenge the decision and approached ​​the House speaker, John McCormack , who told her nothing could be done. Undeterred, she kept pushing , insisting that the assignment made no sense for a member from an urban district. These efforts paid off, and she was eventually assigned to the Veterans’ Affairs Committee . She later made it onto Education and Labor—eventually becoming the committee’s third-highest-ranking member —and was a founding member of both the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Women’s Political Caucus .

Regina King as Shirley Chisholm and Lucas Hedges as Robert Gottlieb in Shirley

A divisive presidential campaign

Two years into her time in Congress, Chisholm was already publicly floating the idea of running for president, and people wanted to know why. What was the “real reason” to fight a battle she knew was doomed to fail? She didn’t like this question. “People don’t understand that I really want to be president of the United States,” she told United Press International in December 1971. “I really want to run this country.”

Despite the initial $10,000 that convinced Chisholm to throw her hat into the ring, her campaign ran on a tight budget. She raised about $250,000, but the final cost added up to $300,000, which left her in debt for several years.

These sums paled in comparison to the money raised by her top Democratic competitors. Senator George McGovern , who ultimately snagged the nomination, spent $12 million on the primaries. Senator Hubert Humphrey , who’d lost to Richard Nixon in the previous presidential election, spent $4.7 million; Senator Edmund Muskie , Humphrey’s running mate in 1968, spent $7 million; Alabama Governor George Wallace spent $2.4 million; and Senator Henry Jackson spent $1.5 million.

Without the funds for a nationwide campaign, Chisholm made strategic decisions about which primaries to enter, skipping states she didn’t have a shot at. She decided, for example, not to try for New Hampshire, where Muskie had widespread support. Florida, on the other hand, would be a priority. California, which was a winner-take-all state, was also out. “We tried to be rational and orderly about it, but decisions about where to go and what to do were almost always made on a spur-of-the-moment, last-minute basis,” she wrote in her second book, The Good Fight . “It was a hell of a way to run a railroad, but it was the only way we had.”

Chisholm struggled to secure support from some of the groups she’d built her campaign around, particularly white women and Black men. Some feminist leaders gave Chisholm only equivocal support, offering a more serious endorsement to another candidate. For instance, Gloria Steinem , co-founder of Ms. magazine, backed Chisholm but said McGovern was the “ best white male candidate ” in the running. Then there was Betty Friedan , author of The Feminine Mystique , who announced a campaign event for Chisholm in Harlem in the form of a “ traveling watermelon feast ,” apparently unaware of the well-known racist trope .

“Feminists were split over her candidacy,” Robert Gottlieb , the student coordinator for Chisholm’s presidential campaign (played by Lucas Hedges in the film), told Smithsonian magazine in 2016. “Having a woman run for president was like having somebody from Mars run for president. And you then have a Black woman running for president, and everybody, all interest groups, were grappling with, ‘How do you deal with such a changed landscape?’ People were not comfortable with having a Black woman.”

Presidential candidates stand at a podium

Black men seemed similarly uncomfortable with Chisholm’s candidacy. There were exceptions, such as the Black Panther Party , which formally endorsed her in April 1972. But in Washington, many Black politicians saw her as an obstacle to their own goals. “I recall hearing about a great deal of tension between certain male members and Mrs. Chisholm,” Gottlieb added. “There clearly was within the [Congressional] Black Caucus a significant degree of sexism that she felt.”

As Chisholm’s profile rose, she also became the target of alarming threats. For a while, she relied on her husband as her unofficial bodyguard. That security arrangement would come to an end when all candidates were given Secret Service protection, after a gunman shot Wallace during a campaign event in Maryland on May 15.

Wallace survived the attack, which left him paralyzed in both legs. As he recovered in the hospital, Chisholm made the controversial decision to visit the governor, who was known as the staunch segregationist who called for “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

“Black people in my community crucified me,” she later told the New York Times . “But why shouldn’t I go to visit him? Every other presidential candidate was going to see him. He said to me, ‘What are your people going to say?’ I said, ‘I know what they’re going to say. But I wouldn’t want what happened to you to happen to anyone.’ He cried and cried and cried.”

In his later years, Wallace would renounce his racist beliefs, offering public apologies and asking Black Americans for forgiveness. His daughter Peggy Wallace Kennedy thinks Chisholm may have helped inform that decision. As she told Smithsonian in 2022, “It was after her visit that [Wallace] started to change.”

Chisholm’s name appeared on ballots in about a dozen states . By the end of the primaries, she had won 28 delegates out of the roughly 1,500 needed to secure victory. When McGovern’s nomination was all but certain, Humphrey made his exit with a surprising symbolic act: He released his Black delegates to Chisholm, who consequently finished at 151.95 , putting her in fourth place after McGovern, Jackson and Wallace.

Chisholm in front of an equal rights for women banner

A “lonely politician”

After the primaries, Chisholm continued building her legacy in Congress, where she supported the Equal Rights Amendment ; opposed the Vietnam War; and fought for access to education, health care and legalized abortion. She also helped pass legislation that extended the minimum wage to domestic workers—which she considered one of her biggest victories.

“She always stood erect and always looked and felt confident and felt like she was always ready for the fight,” says King. “She was a strategist. She understood the importance of optics, the way she dressed, the way she accessorized.”

Still, the work took a toll.

“She was tired,” King adds. “She did feel like she was fighting an uphill battle by herself.”

When Chisholm announced her retirement in 1982, the Washington Post called her a “lonely politician” who was “willing to fight all alone” but frustrated about the ways her decisions were interpreted.

After leaving Washington, “I’ll be in Buffalo most of the time,” she told the New York Times . “I will be at Mount Holyoke College teaching for three days a week for eight months. I will be doing a lot of things to take my mind off the aches and pains of being so misunderstood.”

Shirley Chisholm addresses the Democratic National Convention in 1988

Chisholm died in 2005 at age 80. In the years since, the public has grown to better understand her legacy. She was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015. “Shirley Chisholm’s example transcends her life,” President Barack Obama said at the ceremony. “When asked how she’d like to be remembered, she had an answer: ‘I’d like them to say that Shirley Chisholm had guts.’ And I’m proud to say it: Shirley Chisholm had guts.”

Since Chisholm’s history-making congressional victory, more than 50 Black women have been elected to the House, and two have been elected to the Senate (including Vice President Kamala Harris). Today, nearly 30 Black women serve in the House, though none currently holds a seat in the Senate.

Ridley’s Shirley movie is being released in an election year. King says this was not intentional, but she’s glad the timing turned out that way. She hopes that telling Chisholm’s story will inspire civic engagement among viewers.

The film concludes with a short interview with Barbara Lee (played by Christina Jackson ), who got her start working on Chisholm’s presidential campaign. Before meeting Chisholm, Lee was so disillusioned with the political process that she hadn’t even registered to vote. Since 1998, she has been a congresswoman from California.

“[Chisholm’s] legacy is directly connected to today,” says Lee in the film. “So many of us have felt like we could take that baton and keep running.”

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