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    An inspiring insight into traditional medicine

    by  • 28/11/2012 • Daisy Sowter, images, news today, reporters, stories, text • 1 Comment

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    At Ninh Binh’s largest traditional medicine hospital, doctors use a combination of ancient and contemporary practices, from laser treatments to steam baths, acupuncture to herbal drinks passed down over thousands of years. Though advancements in scientific research and medicine are rapidly sweeping the nation, many Vietnamese prefer to be treated traditionally, and many doctors...

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    Discussing Vietnamese music with an expert

    by  • 28/11/2012 • Daisy Sowter, front page, radio, reporters, stories • 0 Comments

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    Vu Anh Tuan is a renowned Vietnamese music producer who also actively works to bring international artists to his nation’s shores. Tuan speaks to Vietnam Reporter’s Daisy Sowter about the up-and-coming Vietnamese music scene, how traditional and K-Pop influences come into play, and just what he thinks of pop culture phenomenon, ‘Gangnam Style’. Vu...

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    Burying the dead in Vietnam

    by  • 26/11/2012 • Daisy Sowter, front page, news today, reporters, stories, text • 0 Comments

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    An ancient Vietnamese proverb states, “The sense of the dead is that of the final”, referring to the dignified and solemn manner in which family members are buried, or sent into the next life. Though many Vietnamese identify as Buddhist, the common spiritual practice of cremation is uncommon throughout the country. Instead, the Vietnamese...

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    Living outside: Hanoi’s bustling street culture

    by  • 25/11/2012 • Daisy Sowter, front page, images, reporters, stories, text • 0 Comments

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    Many factors distinguish the bright city of Hanoi: from the scooter-lined pavements to the news read over loudspeakers multiple times a day. What truly allows Hanoi to stand out, however, is the manner in which the locals spend their time. From sunrise to well into the night, the streets are lined with people. Whether...

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    Water puppets draw international tourists

    by  • 23/11/2012 • Daisy Sowter, front page, images, reporters, stories, text • 2 Comments

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    Water puppetry is a traditional form of Vietnamese entertainment dating back to the 11th century, when rice farmers would use the musical myth as their source of entertainment during flooding in the rice fields. Today, tourists from across the globe can watch a contemporary adaptation of water puppetry in Hanoi’s bustling centre; live music...

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    Vietnamese pop music is on the rise

    by  • 23/11/2012 • Daisy Sowter, front page, news today, reporters, stories, text • 0 Comments

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    Upon hearing the words ‘progressive, modern music from Asia’, Vietnam is not the first nation that springs to mind. Rich in cultural history, the music of this nation has its foundations in folk and musical theatre. Alongside these genres, however, is a thriving contemporary scene that encompasses both rock and pop respectively. Vu Anh...

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    Vietnam boasts progressive policies for disabled people

    by  • 21/11/2012 • Daisy Sowter, front page, reporters, stories • 1 Comment

    Agent Orange surviving business owner Hong Ha poses with DP Hanoi intern Dung Tran outside the construction site of his second factory.

    Established in 2006, the Hanoi Disabled People Association works to promote a fulfilling and active lifestyle for 6000 people with disabilities in Vietnam. It has a strong focus not only on improving the opportunities for individuals, but on  legislative and government initiatives. There are seven focus areas for this non-profit organisation: education, art, sports, youth,...

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