The ‘Other’ Vietnamese Flag

Like the Stars and Stripes, the Vietnamese flags is laden with symbolism and historical meaning, which makes Vietnamese American feel a great emotional bond with its “colors”. Visit any Little Saigon around the world, and one is likely to see a flag displaying “three horizontal red stripes on a golden yellow background” fluttering proudly against … Read more The ‘Other’ Vietnamese Flag

Vietnamese Culture

Four great philosophies and religions have shaped the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Christianity. Over the centuries, Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism have melded with popular Chinese beliefs and ancient Vietnamese animism to form what is known as Tam Giao(or `Triple Religion’). The Vietnamese language (kinh) is a hybrid of Mon-Khmer, … Read more Vietnamese Culture

Vietnamese traditional medicine

Although the government in Vietnam intends to develop an identifiable Vietnamese Medical Science, traditional medicine has existed for generations. There are three medical traditions which have coexisted in Vietnam prior to the impact of Western Medicine: these are Thuoc Bac (Northern Medicine), Thuoc Nam (Southern Medicine), and Thuoc Tay (Western Medicine). With Thuoc Bac or … Read more Vietnamese traditional medicine

Vietnamese Ethnic Groups

Vietnam is a multi-nationality country with 54 ethnic groups. The Viet (Kinh) people account for 87% of the country’s population and mainly inhabit the Red River delta, the central coastal delta, the Mekong delta and major cities. The other 53 ethnic minority groups, totalling over 8 million people, are scattered over mountain areas (covering two-thirds … Read more Vietnamese Ethnic Groups

Vietnamese Traditional Clothing

People in Vietnam wear cotton clothes. Styles differ in northern and southern Vietnam. Many people wear sandals made of old tire rubber(North). (South) Many men and women wear western styled clothing. Some women still wear the traditional au dai. In most rural areas women wear loose white-shirts with skirts. Men in rural areas wear western … Read more Vietnamese Traditional Clothing