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How Vietnamese Stand-up Comics Juggle Culture, Identity and Language on Stage

As a fan of stand-up comedy, I was curious when I found out that there was a burgeoning scene here in Saigon.

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[Photos] Is Saigon's Latest Teen Attraction, Zone 87, the Descendant of 3A Station?

Apart from shopping malls and the odd food court, there are not many dedicated spaces in Saigon for the city’s younger residents to hang out.

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Doraemon and 25 Years of Fostering Friendship in Vietnam

To a generation of young Saigoneers, there are many things that might conjure up fond memories of childhood. Those remnants of past decades could take the form of once-popular TV series about time-traveling dragon slayers or just simply crab-shaped rice chips. However, none of those come close to the national phenomenon that was – and still is – Doraemon.

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The Surprising Health Benefits Behind the Asian Squat

The Asian squat has been getting lots of attention these past few years, but most recently it has been revealed that there may be health benefits to this sitting position that is often coveted by westerners.

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[Video] This Quirky Stop-Motion Video Shows the History of Women's Fashion in Vietnam

Not long ago, we introduced you to the different styles of Vietnamese men through the years, now it’s time for a history lesson on female fashion.

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[Photos] Saigoneers Swamp Bui Vien Last Night to Celebrate Halloween

Ever since District 1's Bui Vien Street was turned into a pedestrian-only zone, the main thoroughfare through Saigon’s backpacker quarter has become a mecca for city dwellers to celebrate any festive occasion.

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Saigon's Creepiest 'Haunted' Places and the Urban Legends Around Them

Saigon has no shortage of eerie stories surrounding the city’s most famous “haunted” locations. Vietnam’s impressive leaps in wealth and modernization haven’t stopped local citizens from leaving a special corner in their daily lives for spiritualism, time-honored superstitions and, at times, chilling urban legends.

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[Video] How Vietnam's Male Fashion Has Changed Through the Decades

Ever wonder how Vietnam’s standards for male beauty have changed over the years?

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[Video] Spirit of the Lion: Dung’s Story

Whether it's the eve of Tet or the Mid-Autumn Festival, the opening of a new business or some other auspicious occasion, Saigon’s lion dance troupes, like their counterparts across the country, are tasked with bringing luck and prosperity to the people and places in which they perform.

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[Photos] Color and Lights: Tet Trung Thu on D5's Lantern Street

Every fall, District 5’s Luong Nhu Hoc Street becomes a melee of lanterns, kids’ toys and dragon dance paraphernalia ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

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[Photos] Saigon’s Glass Paper Lantern Makers Are Back in Business

In an age where more than a few traditional Vietnamese handicrafts face extinction, a slew of orders have revived District 11’s Phu Binh lantern-making community ahead of this year’s Tet Trung Thu.

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