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Nguyen Dynasty Exhibition

“The Nguyen rulers strenuously sought to make Neo-Confucianism the foundation of the national culture. Under the Nguyen, traditional Vietnamese culture assumed its final form, the one that would persist into the twentieth century to interact with Western influences.”
— Neil Jamieson in Understanding Vietnam

Sweater Weather

Winter has finally arrived in Hanoi. You might say it’s the gloomiest, most miserable time of year — which is sort of true. You rarely see the sun during the whole three or four months, and it rains nearly every other day. Although it never snows here, there is still a ‘bone-chilling’ element to it.

Cultural Diversity

Douglas Holwerda, American trained and licensed mental health counsellor, answers your questions and offers advice

Your New Year's destiny

At the start of a new year people around the globe use the occasion to create new year’s resolutions. They see this time as a symbolic re-birthing of their hopes and aspirations. There are numerous tips and words of advice on how to successfully attain your resolutions. One that makes a lot of sense is, start small with what it is you would like to achieve.

The Book Club

The month, Bookworm’s Truong runs down the Bookworm Book Club’s books of the year

The Four People You Do Projects With in High School

In the workplaces where we’ll be employed when we’re older, the structure for cooperation is well set. The boss runs things, our coworkers share the workload and maybe some interns run the photocopy machine. You know what you’re getting into.


High school work groups are a little more chaotic, but in every grouping you’ll find a structure. These are the people you work with in high school.

Healthy Holidays

As the festive season kicks into full swing, we all adopt ‘frantic mode’. Even the most basic principles of looking after oneself take a back seat in favour of shopping, eating out and getting together with colleagues, friends and family for copious amounts of drinking. Even though Christmas is not a traditional holiday here in Vietnam, everyone likes a reason to party and celebrate.

Color of the South

On Nov. 1, hundreds gathered at Ho Chi Minh City’s Museum of Fine Arts for the opening of The Colour of the South exhibition. Among the art lovers were collectors, critics and journalists. This was a full-blown affair with congratulatory floral displays and opening remarks made by the Vice President of Vietnam’s Fine Arts Association. Inside, the air was thick with anticipation — outside, the courtyard echoed with buzzing clicks of handheld cameras. This was not a typical Friday morning at the museum.

Ladies Night

Upon Andres Arias’s arrival to Saigon eight years ago, the typical mingle schedule included plenty of parties during the weekend with Thursday night acting as a warm-up.


Three years ago, hip-hop and rap had made nary a footprint within Saigon’s mainstream musical consciousness. According to DJ ICEE, aka Jairus Green, “To use the word ‘scene’ is like connecting dots that might not be there.”

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