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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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Besides their functions as a means of travel, transportation, fishing, and communication, boats are also a unique cultural product that is associated with the traditions, customs, and rituals relating to rivers and waterways. Among the more common customs is painting eyes on boats. [ more... ]
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The word ‘snake’ is mentioned in Vietnamese idioms and proverbs, although it is not as popular as fish, tiger, dog, cat or buffalo. ‘Carrying a snake home to strike the chicken’ is a saying used to refer to people who bring home enemy to do harm to their dear and near. [ more... ]
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In Vietnamese Culture, each lunar year is represented by an animal. The year 2013 is the year of the snake. The snake is worshiped as a water deity throughout Vietnam, according to Tran Minh Huong*, who also says snake worship is an ancient Vietnamese belief, and that the snake is regarded as the Vietnamese totem animal. [ more... ]
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The annual Tết festival in Vietnam is an occasion for many different kinds of activities, often involving religious activities of one kind or another. Many Vietnamese people tend to define ‘religion’ in terms of membership of a conventional faith such as Buddhism or Christianity [ more... ]
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Every year, as the pages from my block calendar peel off, bringing me towards another New Year, my mind is once again filled with nostalgia about an old Tết. The Tết in my memory begins with the days of my childhood in a small house nestled under a coconut grove on the outskirts of Bac Lieu Village in the Mekong Delta, Southern Vietnam. [ more... ]
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Pasteboard masks have been Hanoi kids’ toys, especially in the occasion of Mid-Autumn celebrations, for ages. But today, just a handful of people ...
In Phan Thiet, bánh hỏi with pig bowels (lòng heo) is synonymous with Phu Long Town, which is the name of the native place of this dish, where it is ...
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