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Meet Vietnamese TV reporter-turned-YouTuber who covers weird, unique stories

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 13:42 GMT+7
Meet Vietnamese TV reporter-turned-YouTuber who covers weird, unique stories
YouTuber Pham Dung visits a fly-raising farm in a rural district of Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied

Pham Dung first uploaded his videos to YouTube just to free up the storage space on his computer, not knowing that he would end up becoming a popular video blogger on the world’s largest video-sharing platform.

Dung, a former TV reporter from the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa, decided to pursue the path of professional video blogging after getting a lot of supporters from news videos posted on his YouTube channel ‘Pham Dung’ in 2017.

His channel now has over 345,000 subscribers with more than 1,000 videos.

The 26-year-old YouTuber at first only posted video clips about trending social news and entertainment topics, which he made as part of his job in the TV industry, and did not expect that the videos would later draw attention from the online community.

“This job was meant for me and I was willing to take a risk,” he recalled the idea of becoming a YouTuber.

From that starting point, with his skills and experience in working as a TV reporter, Dung began producing videos about not only daily life stories but also weird and lesser-known people, places and occupations.

Most of the videos went viral and earned him a decent living thanks to revenue generated from YouTube ads.

Pham Dung poses for a photo with a gigantic python in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. Photo: Supplied

Pham Dung poses for a photo with a gigantic python in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. Photo: Supplied

Videos of a fishing park built in a coffee shop, a tomato garden cultivated by milk or a man making a fortune through selling used stuff even got up to a million views on the ‘Pham Dung’ channel due to their uniqueness.

“There are things that we find normal, but others don’t,” said the channel owner.

Videos on the ‘Pham Dung’ channel easily captivated many people due to their rustic and friendly content.

Among them are those of a nearly-five-meter-long python that he saw at his friend’s house, or a Mekong Delta girl who managed to eat a big coconut sprout.

Dung quit his full-time job about a year ago to become a freelance reporter and spent time traveling across Vietnam to seek for new ideas for his YouTube videos.

In February, Dung visited the hometowns of several players of the country’s beloved under-23 football team to produce a special series, where he filmed the footballers’ daily life activities, talked to their family members and joined them to local markets for purchasing goods to complete household chores.

“That was the most memorable journey in my life,” he said.

A photo of Pham Dung, the owner of the namesake channel on YouTube. Photo: Supplied

A photo of Pham Dung, the owner of the namesake channel on YouTube. Photo: Supplied

Dung’s life as a YouTuber is not all roses and sunshine.

He once had to delete a video of a house believed to be abandoned in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, as the rightful owner turned up and showed his disapproval of his video report.

The ‘Pham Dung’ channel on YouTube has been a success for the past two years and the young owner also has plans to develop it to impress viewers with more interesting stories in the future.

This story is part of our series on YouTube personalities who choose Vietnam as the main theme for their video works.

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