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[Video] Watch the Cheeky Anti-Plastic PSA That's Taking Vietnam's Cybersphere by Storm

A plastic bag’s life is five times that of an average human.

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Turn Over a New Page in Hanoi's Hidden Libraries

I focused my attention on an amplifier lying on the shelf behind Hieu, the founder of Go West Library. He left his seat to retrieve a cable, and after returning he plugged his phone into the machine, which stood out from the rest of the room. A familiar tune blasted out, followed by Neil Tennant's high-pitched, yet delicate vocals — "Go West, where the skies are blue!" Hieu's striking answer to our inquiry about the library's name came in stark contrast to our earlier encounter with one of his staff, the librarian, who was startled by our visit because she doesn't usually expect readers to pop by in the morning.

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New Exhibition Aims to Expose the Environmental Harm of Consumerism

Let’s reduce waste! opened yesterday, is free to enter, and will run until August 31 at L’Espace.

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Over 77% of Foreign Tourists in Vietnam Are From Asia, Statistics Office Says

Tourists from the Americas make up the second-largest group of foreign arrivals in Vietnam.

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[Photos] From Rain-Soaked Nightscapes to a Serene Hanoian Dawn

Hanoi is known for its frenetic traffic and streets, which during my initial years in the capital led me to dream of escape.

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[Video] Worlds Collide in New Son Tung M-TP Single Featuring Snoop Dogg

You heard that right.

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[Photos] A Glossy Design Project Seeks to Make History an Intriguing Subject

Lasting from 1225 to 1400, the Tran Dynasty was a prosperous era in Vietnamese history filled with heralded art, music and culture, in between three victories over Mongol forces.

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[Photos] All Aboard the Slow Train From Hanoi to Saigon

The train connecting Vietnam’s largest cities takes 35 hours. Yet even after the first time I finished the trip, I was already coming up with excuses for why I needed to do it again. For me, the journey is much more than a chance for great views and time to reflect. It’s an exploration of life itself.

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[Video] Hoang Thuy Linh's 'Vo Chong A Phu' Video Is a Popping Literature Party

From one of Vietnam’s classic literature works to internet meme to a full-fledged music video: Mi from ‘Vo Chong A Phu’ is truly a cultural icon.

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Q&A: In Conversation With 'The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil' Director Pham Thu Hang

Do communities inherit the sorrows of war? Is trauma re-experienced by the sons and daughters of those who suffered? How does life prevail amidst the normalization of loss? Pham Thu Hang’s debut film, The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil, answers these questions with philosophical clarity.

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The Discomforting Poetry of Vietnamese Cursed Image

The page description of Vietnamese Cursed Image (VCI) has a single line: “how did you get here?” — a question I find myself asking often.

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