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However many times I’ve been in the northern part of the Central Highlands, that’s how many times I’ve been taken aback by the proud and majestic rông communal houses of the local Xo Dang ethnic minority. [ more... ]
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I came to Hue [from Hanoi] for the first time early one summer evening. My mother-in-law, a native of Hue, announced that there would be a funeral in her hometown and that she needed to return home to pay her respects, so, if I wanted to come along, I certainly could. [ more... ]
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At about half past four on a Sunday morning, my cell phone rang unrelentingly, ‘she [i.e. my mother-in-law] is exhausted already. You, maternal uncle and wife, must come home immediately!’ [ more... ]
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Funerals have always been important to the Vietnamese. Funerals express filial piety and respect towards the ancestors and set a moral example for present and future progeny. [ more... ]
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Soul of Vietnam’ with twice-monthly performances at the Ho Chi Minh Municipal Opera House, has been running for almost a year now. [ more... ]
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Female headscarves have an important role in the history of clothing. They manifest beauty, custom, and adaptations to climate and geography. Whether suggestive or discreet, they lend a mysterious beauty to the face. [ more... ]
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According to Vietnamese Dictionary Vietlex, a whipping cane is ‘a long, tough, and durable object which looks like a bar or stick that is used for whipping.’ [ more... ]
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Theatrical shows that depict scenes from Vietnamese life and culture have, in recent years, become almost as common as TV soaps. The latest to hit the boards at the Saigon Opera House [ more... ]
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Silkworm cocoon cultivation at Co Chat Village, Phuong Dinh Commune, Truc Ninh District of Nam Dinh Province has long been praised in folk songs for ...
A short while ago, I was asked if the Vietnamese fondness for eating snails were a consequence of the former French presence here.
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