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The Most Famous Vietnamese Heroines in History: The Trưng Sisters Posted by on Feb 28, 2022

Ask any Vietnamese who grew up in Vietnam to name a heroine in Vietnamese history, particularly in ancient history, and I bet you will get the same answer: It’s Hai bà Trưng (Trưng ladies or Trưng sisters), namely Trưng Trắc (the elder sister) and Trưng Nhị (the younger sister) of the first century. They are…

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RIP, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh Posted by on Jan 25, 2022

The news about the passing of Buddhist monk, Zen master Thích Nhất Hạnh this past weekend was all over the world, from the Vietnamese media, both in the country and overseas, to major international media outlets, such as CNN, BBC, etc. Thích Nhất Hạnh was known to Western countries as the “Father of Mindfulness” and…

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The Watershed Moment in The Vietnamese 20th Century Posted by on Nov 1, 2021

More than half a century has passed since the deaths of tổng thống (president) Ngô Đình Diệm (Diệm) of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), and John F. Kennedy (JFK), of the USA. Each November, on the anniversary of their deaths, discussions resume about “what if”, “the conspiracies”, “the unknown”, “the untold,” etc. Both these…

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Names of Vietnam Throughout the History Posted by on Oct 4, 2021

Many quốc gia (country) have their quốc hiệu (name) changed throughout their courses of history due to various reasons. Vietnam is not an exception. Indeed, officially and unofficially, she has been known by more than a dozen names in its history. Each triều đại (dynasty) may want to change its quốc hiệu. Do I know…

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National Day of Vietnam Posted by on Sep 13, 2021

Every year, the Vietnamese celebrate Lễ Quốc Khánh (National Day) on September 2nd. I was curious to see which countries around the world also celebrate Lễ Quốc Khánh in September. Interestingly, there are many of them such as: Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Slovakia…

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More to see in the Central of Vietnam Posted by on Jun 28, 2021

In the previous blog post, I took you briefly to visit Hue and Hoi An, the two well known locations for tourists worth exploring. Continuing on the tour of central Vietnam, don’t miss the chance to see two more UNESCO Di sản thế giới (Word Heritage) sites: Thánh địa Mỹ Sơn (My Son Sanctuary) and…

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Touring the Central of Vietnam Posted by on Jun 22, 2021

The central region of Vietnam has so much to offer, if you are into history, culture, and sightseeing. While the North has Hanoi, the capital of many dynasties in the past, and four UNESCO Di sản thế giới (Word Heritage) sites, the Central has plenty of its own glorious tourist attractions. The Central region also…

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