Blog Published Trump-Kim Craze in Hanoi


Biel Calderon - Hanoi, Vietnam February 28th, 2019

The second summit between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea chairman Kim Jong-un brought to the city of Hanoi heavy traffic, security cordons, and bustle. However, the residents of the capital of Vietnam have welcomed the distinguished guests with great diplomacy and, in many cases, with joy and very peculiar demonstrations of admiration.

A barbershop that offers free haircuts that re-create Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un characteristic hairdos, artists drawing paintings of both leaders and shops selling T-shirts with Kim's and Trump's faces on.

The summit has brought many things to the city but also craze for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

"When I heard Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un would meet in Hanoi, I knew I had to do something to welcome them, to celebrate the summit. We [Vietnamese] celebrate peace," says Le Tuan Duong, the owner of Tuan Duong Beauty Academy in Hanoi. The barber is offering free haircuts that re-create Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un characteristic hairdos.

However, in the ranking of popularity, Trump is winning by a landslide in this barbershop. Students from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology visited the hair salon, and 20 out of 21 classmates chose Trump’s style haircut. Only Thinh decided to go for Kim's hairstyle. "I chose Kim Jong-un's haircut because it's spectacular. I decided to have it without considering if it's suitable for me because I agreed with my friend that he would be Trump and I would be Kim. He is the one who decided and I accepted", he says.


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