Illustration by Trịnh LậpViet Nam News by Mary Pecaut I first set foot in Việt Nam in 2014. As a US citizen embarrassed by my country’s policies during and following the American-Việt Nam War, I was uncertain about the welcome that awaited me. Because I spoke French and had family members living in Toronto, I prepared to answer that certain-to-be-asked question: Where are you from? By replying, Canada. I was pleasantly surprised to find that US citizens are very welcome in Việt Nam and that there was no need to hide my identity. Upon arrival, I started my quest to understand my new home country and her people. Usually when I arrive in a newly assigned country, I dive into the local culture through food, art and language. I soon discovered that the best window into Vietnamese culture was by understanding a unique Vietnamese national holiday. Tết Nguyên Đán, otherwise known as Tết, is the most important and popular … [Read more...] about Can a holiday explain a national identity?
French zodiac signs
The Hanoitimes - Travel and Leisure has announced its list of the best fall trip ideas for every zodiac sign and Vietnam is on it. Vietnam has been named among the best fall trip ideas for every zodiac sign, according to a list released by Travel and Lesure, a US magazine based in New York City. Ha Long Bay. Travel and Leisure advises travelers born under the sign of Libra that a trip to Vietnam in October might be the right choice. “It’s the only time of year when the microlimates are just right: it’s not too cold in the north and it’s not too hot in the south. Vietnam is famous for its breathtaking beauty, its friendly people,” Travel and Leisure wrote. Also on the list are Cebu, Philippines or Birmingham (the UK), Madrid, Spain or Cusco (Peru), Rome, Italy or Dubrovnik (Croatia), New York (the US) or Kyoto (Japan), Buenos Aires, Argentina or Kruger National Park (South Africa), etc. Earlier, News Nation, an Indian newspaper, named Vietnam … [Read more...] about Vietnam among world’s best fall trip ideas for every Zodiac sign