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I visited Thuong Minh Village and met an old shaman, Ban Van Kim. Mr Kim was 80 and the oldest Thủy person. He was small and spoke little Vietnamese. Mr Kim said the Thủy had migrated from China about 400 years ago because of war and disease. [ more... ]
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In Vietnam’s history, the first millennium AD was marked by two important events. In 40AD, the Two Trung Sisters led the first general offensive of the Vietnamese against Chinese rule. This offensive failed, [and in the process] the once flourishing Dong Son culture of the Vietnamese was at an end. [ more... ]
We filmmakers needed to seek opinions from as many high-ranking officials as possible. They took turns to examine the film [ more... ]
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The Opera House in Hanoi was one of the physical manifestations of the French dream to make Indochina a colonial federation of states, with Hanoi as the capital, according to Professor Philippe Papin, in his History of Hanoi, published in 2010. [ more... ]
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Dispersed among the people in this country are numerous investiture decrees that various emperors, kings, and overlords under dynasties once issued to sacred sites, sites of worship, renowned pagodas and people of merit [ more... ]
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The house at 80 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, is a small museum with more than 3,000 artefacts the Diep family has been keeping for over a century-and-a-half. [ more... ]
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Beggars around Ben Thanh Market might have been surprised and wondered why film-makers from the North paid them so much attention. Dens of drug addicts and prostitutes were also our favourite subjects because they were ugly aspects of the old regime, and we had to film them before they were erased [ more... ]
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R’Leo Knul, a famed elephant king of the Montagnards, tamed a white elephant for the last emperor, Bao Dai, and helped him form a hunt, Bao Dai Royal, which hunted elephants and tigers well into the 1950s [ more... ]
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In this era of global footwear brands, I had almost forgotten the wooden shoe, those who wore them and the sound of them resounding in late, serene nights in the countryside. The topic opened a door that had been shut for a long time. [ more... ]
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Vietnam Heritage has been publishing a series based on the National Museum of Vietnamese History’s on-going exhibition of jade objects and the museum’s publication Vietnamese Ancient Jade. This month the topic is jade slabs used by the Emperor and mandarins of the Nguyen dynasty to grate Chinese ink and ochre blocks. [ more... ]
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