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The rare and valuable Himalayan Yew is endemic to Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands. It ranks among the species that contain the active agent 10-DB III, which is converted into taxol to make the foremost cancer treatment medicine in the world. [ more... ]
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Vietnam’s first national sailing regatta took place in June in Nha Trang. There were 14 boats, 50 crew members, including adults and children, and 30 onshore volunteers. [ more... ]
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The Los Angeles New International Music Festival was held in May, 2012, musical pieces such as ‘Song of Napalm,’ by composer Vu Nhat Tan were featured. [ more... ]
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Travelling around Long Son Island, I saw many men with long hair tied up in buns and wearing traditional southern Vietnamese clothing, like people did one hundred years ago. [ more... ]
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In Ho Chi Minh City, I seldom travel outside my comfort zone-the downtown area. The other day, however, I had an assignment in District Two. As we crossed the Saigon Bridge and turned into the backstreets of this area, I became aware that this once ordinary, in parts even impoverished neighbourhood, has recently become favoured for the construction of mansions for the rich. [ more... ]
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Nom Village in Dai Dong hamlet, Van Lam district, Hung Yen province lies just over 30 kilometers east of Hanoi. The village was formed at the beginning of the Common Era, according to a stele preserved in Nom Pagoda. [ more... ]
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You may remember an article no so long ago about the Shrinking Violet Hotel and dramatic events involving a seething former ship’s captain of a guest of the hotel quitting it forever, late at night, seemingly minus a mother-of pearl-inlaid ship’s wheel or bottle of rum, or both, but with, under his arm, a big cardboard box of the kind in which model sailing boats, a Saigon specialty, are packed for dispatch on semi-circumnavigations of the globe. Well, now, things have gone on apace. [ more... ]
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Beside the town of Kon Tum is a special café. Right at the door, you see a statue. Stepping inside, along every path as you make your way through twists and turns, at every nook and cranny you come across statues. [ more... ]
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In the 1960s, street pavement in Hanoi was divided into two distinct categories. The type made before the French left in 1954 was paved with red bricks and wrinkled diagonally to avoid getting slippery after showers. [ more... ]
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I had a passion for bird-trapping when I was in school, but not the experience to do it alone. I had to accompany an experienced person, a farmer, of an older generation. The crow of the cuckoo was heard everywhere in gardens, especially when the rice had turned from green to yellow all over the fields (before it ripened) and the spring air had come. [ 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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