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Overview of Vietnamese culture

Welcome to Vietnam, an ancient country with a complex history and an even more complex culture. Today’s Vietnamese culture is a patchwork of traditions. First, there were the ancient Dong Son communities from the millennium before Christ. Add ancient and modern Chinese influences, leftover traces from the French colonial period. Include a mishmash of traditions […]

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Yem, the Traditional Backless Dress

Vietnamese women are defined by both their delicacy, as well as their strength in times of hardship; Ao Yem dresses are a classic embodiment of the grace and power of the Vietnamese woman. Once simply called ‘yem’, the ancient article of women’s clothing Ao Yem is an iconic testament to Vietnamese elegance. Along-side ‘áo dài’, […]


The Art of Water Puppetry

The theater is like none you have ever seen. Giants, musical instruments in hand, look down on the actors who are preparing to begin their performance. Behind the scenes, invisible powers are pulling all the strings. The stage is set, but not for long – as soon as the performance begins it rolls and breaks. […]