Vietnam has many legends which help define its people, the Kinh people, as a nation. Here are a few.
Thousands of urban interventions enliven our city streets. These include hundreds of street altars scattered throughout the city. Some are well-constructed structures like the one in the hem at 63 Pasteur Street, or the one at the bend in Huynh Thuc Khang just before it intersects Nam Ky Khoi Nghia.
Despite being ‘rational’ beings, humans constantly make irrational decisions. This is something marketers exploit for both good, and what some might say, evil.
Emily Petsko takes a trip to Dong Cac, the home of water puppetry. Photos by Julie Vola
Wonder why you get a mix of reactions when you have encounters with your Vietnamese hosts? Vu Ha Kim Vy explains why Vietnamese act as they do when they meet a ‘foreigner’
Not that long ago I attended an event where a couple — both foreigners — were decked out in the Vietnamese national dress: she, an ao dai and he, an ao gam, both in headgear. While the evening had great music and dancing, it was neither a wedding nor a state function. Why were they dressed up in another culture’s national costume? “Because it’s fun!” was the breathless reply.
Whereas five years ago Hanoi’s emerging art scene was gaining widespread praise, now it seems to have come to a standstill — or has it? Words by David Mann. Photos by Julia Vola
With the biggest festival of the Vietnamese year just around the corner, Vu Ha Kim Vy gives some tips on a lucky New Year. Photos by Francis Xavier
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