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Legend has it that hundreds of years before Christ the Vietnamese made two kinds of cakes, bánh chưng and bánh _dầy, for Tết. Bánh chưng is a square cake that would fit on a dinner plate. [ more... ]
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The Vietnamese Lunar New Year holiday, which starts at midnight on 22 January this year and lasts for several days, is usually called Tết but actually there are about a dozen Tếts a year. [ more... ]
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Over time, the perfection of a prospective bride’s firewood pile appears to have become not just a romantic question but an environmental one [ more... ]
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The Cham people of today are matriarchal, so women propose to men and men live in their wives’ houses. It is the other way round for Kinh Vietnamese. [ more... ]
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The Cơ Tu ethnic minority has at least 23 clans. Marriages between members of a clan are banned. [ more... ]
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Some pointers from One-Hundred Things to Know about Vietnamese Traditions and Customs, by Tan Viet, National Culture Publishing House, Hanoi, 2001 [ more... ]
Although marriage is essentially about two people, it can set up a relationship between two families and two clans. _What needs to be done first is not to choose an individual, but check the line of descent and the family. [ more... ]
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This article contains my research findings on the wedding ceremonies of the Vietnamese people in Quynh Hoa commune, Quynh Phu District, in the northeastern province of Thai Binh. [ more... ]
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In Xuân Phả village, in central Vietnam, there exists a repertory of five plays more than 1,000 years old. [ more... ]
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'Cần' wine is a kind of alcoholic drink popular with ethnic minority peoples living in mountainous areas of Vietnam. [ more... ]
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Following the tunes (“Spring comes to Muong Hum hamlet high up the mountains with heart-rocking distant singing…” ) of talented composer Nguyen Tai ...
In the heart of the darkness of Saigon's backpacker land,ambling along down raucous Bui Vien Street and wishing I had not come out without my ear ...
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