Vietnam’s most popular cafe is being transformed into a cafe busteleo, where customers are encouraged to wear red and black to mark the country’s independence from Britain.
The country has been at war with the British since the 1950s, and its first cafe was opened in 1956, but the current incarnation has no official name and has been dubbed the VCI Cafe because it was opened by the Communist Party of Vietnam.
“We’re not talking about a war here,” VCI Café manager Lita Ngo said.
“We are talking about our own freedom.”
The cafe, a place where customers can go for lunch or to chat and watch TV, has been popular with Vietnamese tourists since the 1990s, with the cafe opening as a symbol of the countrys independence from British rule.
The cafe’s founder, who only wants to be known as “Lita”, said the cafe was born from a desire to provide a service that is culturally and politically relevant.
“This is a place that is a cultural and social hub that is open to all Vietnamese,” she said.
“It is about sharing, about sharing.
We’re not in a place to talk about the political side of things.
We want to make people feel safe and welcomed.
This is a way to do that.”
The café is the brainchild of Lita and her husband, Thao Thao.
It was started by a small group of friends and the couple decided to make it their own, using their own money and their own resources.
Lita Njie, who was born in Vietnam but lives in London, said the restaurant had become a symbol for the country as well as the world.
“Vietnamese people have been struggling for independence for so long, and the cafe has been an icon of this struggle, and that has been a very powerful symbol for people in Vietnam,” she told Al Jazeera.
“People can go here, they can chat, they feel like they are part of the world and not part of Vietnam.”‘
I have been here before’The café has been open since March, and Lita said the number of customers has increased every week.
“I think there is a strong sense of belonging here.
We have been around before, and we want to keep that tradition alive,” she added.”
If you don’t want to get involved in politics, we don’t have a problem with that.
We don’t need to do anything.
We are a family, and when you make a family you have to do what you feel is right.”
The Vietnamese people are very much part of Britain.
We love our British heritage, and what the British did for us has always been good for us.