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To maintain human existence, an abundant crop is required. To develop human life, fertility is required. From this general reality, the thinking of the agricultural inhabitants of South Asia is developed along two directions: [ more... ]
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Mắm ruốc, or fermented shrimp paste, is made from small shrimp. The final product is a purple- brown paste with the sweet taste of seafood and a strong odour. [ more... ]
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In his dictionary of southern Vietnamese, scholar Vuong Hong Sen writes, “Mangrove apple trees have beautiful green leaves. At night, the sight of many fireflies perched upon them is quite lovely. [ more... ]
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Living in the northwest highlands of Quang Nam and southwest of Thua Thien-Hue, the Co Tu ethnic people still maintain some traditional festivals. Notable among them is the Ch’chrai buffalo sacrifice festival. [ more... ]
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Just as I stepped off the train at five in the morning, my friend greeted me at the Hanoi station and whispered enticingly, ‘At midday, let’s go drinking with the whole gang! I’ve already called them for a rendezvous.’ [ more... ]
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Pham Duy, a prolific musician, passed away at his home in Ho Chi Minh City on 27 January. He was 91. Vietnamese media ranked him one among several ‘grand old trees’ of Vietnamese reformed music, a movement which began in late 1930s under western influence, as compared to traditional music. [ more... ]
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In the traditional culture of the Central Highlands, the hamlet is the basic unit of civilization. The hamlet is a portion of land hacked out from the overwhelming environment of the jungle. [ more... ]
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Around 30-35 people are killed in road accidents in Vietnam every day, according to a report by the National Traffic Safety Committee. A shrine, or house for the spirits, is put up by the roadside where a person has been killed in an accident. [ more... ]
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The special thing about Huong Canh is its blue clay, the raw material used to make its famous products. This clay is found in the swampy areas, 3-10m ...
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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