Ryu Hashimoto, Japanese, HCM City I saw big size paper motorcycles, cars, mobile phones and houses burnt as offerings when I came to Viet Nam. After my Vietnamese wife explained things, I realised comparisons could be made with the Bon festival in the middle of August. Next week Over the past few years, privately-owned apartments have been traded illegally in Viet Nam, especially in big cities like Ha Noi. This business is likely to be made legal following the decree that recognises these mini-apartments and has since caused prices for them to skyrocket. These apartments are in high demand as many people, especially those with middle-incomes, can afford them when most of the land and houses in Ha Noi are very expensive. The demand for mini-apartments has almost doubled that of normal apartments, which only wealthy people can afford. Clients who buy these apartments are usually newly married couples, migrants and students. Most of the apartments are located in crowed residential … [Read more...] about Are offerings to the dearly departed getting out of hand?
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Composer and producer Quoc Trung (R) at a news conference in Hanoi on August 27 to introduce the first concert of his world music project Nguon coi (The Roots), as Tunisian composer, singer and oud player Dhafer Youssef (C), and Moroccan-German percussionist Rhani Krija look on. Rhani Krija and Dhafer Youssef have joined the project, which features Vietnamese folk songs mixed with melodies from the Arab world and Africa. Photos courtesy of Mai Thanh and nguon coi project organizers "World music" was virtually unheard of in Vietnam until composer and producer Nguyen Quoc Trung put on his "The Road to Infinity" world music festival ten years ago. Now he's doing the same thing, but this time he says it's bigger and better and it's called The Roots (Nguon coi). Local pop diva Thanh Lam, up-and-coming singer Kieu Anh, Vietnamese-French jazz artist Nguyen Le, Tunisian composer, singer and oud player Dhafer Youssef, and Moroccan-German percussionist Rhani Krija have all joined the … [Read more...] about A return to the roots