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The Best Mid-Autumn Festivals in Asia

The world is blessed different cultures and fascinating festive rituals that do not occur all year round. Here are some harvest festivals that take place only in autumn in several Asian countries. Mid-Autumn (Zhongqiu) Festival...
Hang Bac street, collection of Mr. Tran Hau Tuan. Oil on canvas. Hang Bac is one of 36 streets in the old Thang Long capital. It specialized in casting silver bars and exchanging zinc coins.

Bui Xuan Phai – An icon in Vietnamese Modern Art

For centuries, Vietnamese scholars practiced calligraphy and composed poetry.   Unlike Japanese, Korean and other Asian counterparts, they did not paint.   Vietnamese classical art was the work of anonymous masters who eked out their existence...

Proverb of the Month – Cái Khó Ló Cái Khôn

Literal Translation: In times of trouble, wise solutions will appear. English Equivalent: Adversity is the mother of wisdom. In 2008, British film Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, dominated the box office and snagged numerous international...

Timeless Dong Ho Paintings

By Bao Ngoc There is a folk painting school based in Dong Ho Village, Bac Ninh, that has been been thought of for generations among Vietnamese nationals as the essence of Vietnamese folk culture. The...

Art as Embedded Identity

When I was growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s, my classrooms had a view of craggy rocks and spindly, wind ravaged pine trees. I’d stare at this rugged landscape for hours. Then I...

The Japanese Doll Festival

Japan has always been rich in traditional culture. People are blessed with a diverse cultural life and unique festivals found only in Japan. One such festivity is the Doll Festival. The Japanese don’t really...

Connecting The Past To The Present

Story: Phan Thanh Nhat Minh Photos: Hue Former Citadel Center for Heritage Preservation An ancient form of Vietnamese court music is enjoying a revival. Founded and affiliated with the first independent sovereign dynasties of Vietnam, elegant...

Proverb of the Month – Ăn Theo Thuở, Ở Theo Thời

English Literal: Eat according to the times, live according to the time period. English Equivalent: Other times, other manners. During a visual arts course in high school I was introduced to art history, the academic study...

A Sizzling Hot Celebration

By Lisa Gaspar The steel pan makes a beat, people in the crowd jump to the music, and multi-colour costumes are all over the streets in a parade theme. Vibes reminiscent of the tropics are...