Matthew Clayfield is a journalist, critic and screenwriter.


Vietnam’s National Assembly elections plagued by biased vetting, intimidation

When Vietnam elects its National Assembly this weekend, voters will find that, by and large, the choice has already been made for them. The country’s ruling Communist Party blocked more than one hundred independent nominees […]


Sex tourism: Thai trade boosted by ‘repressed’ tourists in Pattaya

In Pattaya’s Arab quarter, off the Thai sex capital’s famous Walking Street, a Kuwaiti man climbed down from the bar where he had been dancing for ten minutes and rejoined his friends at their table. […]

May, 15 · in Journalism,Thailand

The online game that encapsulates how vacuous entertainment has become

On New Year’s Day, not hung-over but not particularly in the mood to do anything productive, I looked up a list of the one hundred best free online games and settled down for a session […]

May, 09

Meta TV: Fox’s ‘Grandfathered’ and ‘The Grinder’

Two freshmen series will wrap up their US runs this week, both with question marks lingering over their futures. This is a shame: Grandfathered and The Grinder, both on Fox, have proven to be surprisingly […]

May, 06

What ‘communist chic’ really means

It is one of the most common sights on the streets of Vietnam. In Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Da Lat and Nha Trang, tourists abound whose style might best be described as ‘communist […]

Apr, 29

Twenty-first century punch

I had fallen in with an Emirates flight crew—British, Irish, South African, Korean—sometime after eleven. A Swedish stewardess, the eldest among them at a mere thirty-something, watched her charges’ increasingly drunken antics with a wry […]

Apr, 29

Vietnam’s lowlands to go under with climate change

When it comes to climate change, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City is one of the world’s ten most vulnerable cities. As a result, around 70 per cent of its urban area may experience severe flooding […]

Apr, 13

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