More locals seem to have developed a renewed appreciation for bamboo. It’s evolving from an everyday material — once considered the poor man’s timber — to a symbol of progress. The iconic bamboo straw of the forward-looking Zero Waste Movement, and prominent local architect firms, most notably Vo Trong Nghia, using bamboo as their signature material, are just two examples.
Hanh welcomes the increasing recognition for bamboo, in Vietnam and worldwide, and hopes it will lead to more funding for her work. Recently, she set up community projects in the Mekong Delta and Central Vietnam, and has plans for many more. Clearly, Hanh doesn’t show any sign of slowing down, but if one day she has to, the next generation is well-prepared to continue her work.