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According to Vietnamese cultural expert Huu Ngoc, ‘The buffalo is the most essential asset of the Vietnamese farmer.’ It is said, ‘A buffalo is the beginning of one’s fortune.’ People used to count their wealth in buffaloes. [ more... ]
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The singing master of the girls’ village asks who is there to disturb the peace of the village, doing nothing and playing around. Then the boys sing back that it is not because they are lazy, but because the flowers are blossoming and spring is inviting [ more... ]
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The Thu Lao, a branch of the Tay ethnic minority in Muong Khuong District of the northwestern province Lào Cai, believe the forest is the protector and soul of every living thing. Thu Lao always live near old forests. They hold worship rituals every year to pray to the god of the forest for good health for the villagers and their animals, good harvests and protection against bad luck. [ more... ]
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Sometimes quan ho singers succumb to inclinations to become husband and wife, and have to abandon their villages and any hope of ever returning to quan ho [ more... ]
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An original dance show showcasing Vietnamese culture entitled ‘Xin Chào’ was given a soft opening for the press under the circus big top in Pham Ngu Lao Street in Ho Chi Minh City on the evenings of 10, 11 and 12 December 2010. It was to have an indefinite season. Billed as a ‘sensational extravaganza’, whilst it certainly had its moments it failed to hit the mark. [ more... ]
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The grounds of the Grall provide a rare opportunity to escape the madness of District 1’s streets and relax in leafy surroundings. The variety and number of tall trees, well selected and tastefully laid out, allows for an arboretum that seriously challenges the Botanical Gardens themselves, which lie no more than 500 metres away [ more... ]
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Before cinemas appeared in Hanoi, the Grand Café, at the Metropole hotel, was used to show movies, in the early 20th century. [ more... ]
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In folksong, the yêm is used as a motif more often than the shirt, scarf, mirror, comb, bowl, chopsticks, mat or bed, as it is the more attached (literally by two sets of strings) to the beauty of the woman. [ more... ]
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The yêm is a square of plain cloth with four strings to tie around the neck and body. [ more... ]
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Yêm, a simply-cut piece of usually simple cloth, served as the common upper-body garment for Vietnamese women for thousands of years, until after World War II, when Western dressing style entered and became popular. [ more... ]
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