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I heard that from a group of Vietnamese men toasting at the food table in a restaurant located in Ha Dong, Ha Noi. They drank rice alcohol mixed with bear bile with a belief to become powerful like bears. [ more... ]
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As our plane banked steeply in preparation for our landing on the short runway of the Noi Bai airport, out _side Hanoi, Vietnam, I thought about all of the different people I had been on my many previous trips to Vietnam. [ more... ]
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My paternal grandfather was a worker at Bridge Company No5. [in the mid-1960s] He and his colleagues repaired the damage left by the American bombings. After the [Vietnam] war was over [in 1975], he and his co-workers were in charge of the maintenance of the bridge. [ more... ]
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Historian Duong Trung Quoc said in the Dan Tri Newspaper of 13 November, 2009, ‘The Long Bien Bridge is like the Eiffel tower spanning the Hong [Red] River. It is a beautiful symbol in the heart and mind of the Vietnamese.’ [ more... ]
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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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At the foot of the An Hoi Bridge, about 100 metres from the well-known Temple Bridge, in World Heritage Hoi An, in Central Vietnam, I heard ‘Hello’ [ more... ]
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Physician Pham Thi Hong’s reading of a duong minh [acupuncture] point at the bottom of the ear, by which she may tell whether or not a man has had sex with a woman [ more... ]
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Truyền thần artists are essentially copiers of pictures of the dead to go on altars. Truyền thần literally means to ‘convey spirit’. [ more... ]
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‘Previously, this alley was not narrow and didn’t have a low ceiling like this.The people around just expanded their houses when they repaired or renovated them.’ [ more... ]
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Professor Georges Condominas, who died on 17 July, was a world great of anthropology whom I am sure would have been farewelled in one of the deepest, remotest areas of the Central Highlands 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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