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Black Teeth: How Vietnam's Hottest Beauty Regimen Went From Vogue to Obscurity

Once the hallmark of youthful beauty in Vietnam, nowadays dyeing one’s teeth black is a dying custom that can only be spotted in the country’s oldest generation.

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[Video] A Hundred-Year History of Vietnamese Beauty

In the most recent episode of their 100 Years of Beauty series, WatchCut shines the limelight on the beauty of Vietnamese women throughout history.

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[Photos] A Tour of Hong Kong's Cramped 'Kowloon Walled City'

Today Hong Kong is known for its sleek modernity and space-age skyscrapers, but not long ago it was home to a massive unplanned residential block known as Kowloon Walled City.

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Archaeologists in China Have Discovered Rice That is Over 9,400 Years Old

Researchers in China have determined that rice was first domesticated in the country nearly 10,000 years ago.

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Local Artist Challenges Japan's Stigma Against Tattoos in Modern Era

In tattoo-averse Japan, a case heading to court in Osaka could help determine whether anybody will be able to get their body inked in the country in the future.

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Gambling and Globalization in Old Saigon: A Brief History of Số Đề in Vietnam

Since Vietnam started opening up its economy decades ago, the country has been developing at an impressive rate thanks to the effects of globalization, foreign investment and a constant exchange of cu...

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[Photos] A Group of History Buffs Have Recreated a Royal Costume From Scratch

A group of young history buffs recently accomplished an impressive feat: reconstructing an old Vietnamese royal costume by referencing an image.

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[Photos] Taipei Style: A City of Effortless Cool

Taipei’s street style is an eclectic mix of old Hollywood icons, Japanese minimalism and a whole lot of berets.

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Vietnamese Cultural House to Open in France in 2018

Starting next year, Parisians won’t need to travel far to get a dose of Vietnamese culture.

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[Photos] Tet Nguyen Tieu in Saigon’s Chinatown

Last Saturday, on the first full moon of the first lunar month, members of Saigon’s ethnic Chinese community celebrated Tet Nguyen Tieu, or the Lantern Festival.

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Cambodia Is Losing Its Buddhist Monks to Modernization

Rocked by scandals, rapid modernization and a changing society, membership in Cambodia's Buddhist monkhood is on the decline.

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[Photos] A Slice of Traditional Tet in Hanoi Village

To celebrate this year’s Tet, an online collective of history buffs recently held a New Year festival in suburban Hanoi, complete with a variety of traditional Tet rituals and delicacies.

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[Video] Saigon Artists Craft Beautiful, Handmade Lucky Money Envelopes

With the lunar new year just days away, everyone is scrambling to complete their last-minute Tet preparations, from getting a haircut to re-painting the house to stocking up on those ever-important lì...

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The Story of Ong Tao

This evening, as Saigoneers continue their many Tet preparations and young revellers head out for a night on the town, Ong Tao is packing his bags for his annual trip to heaven.

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[Photos] The Weird Fruits of Tet Are Coming

With Tet fast approaching, Vietnam’s array of strange, misshapen fruits is returning in full force.

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[Photos] Meet Hanoi's Savvy Grasshopper Hunters

For most of Vietnam’s farming community, grasshoppers pose a real threat to fields and plantations. However for a particular commune in Hanoi’s suburban areas, these pesky insects have become a signif...

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As Indonesia Modernizes, a Remote Culture Begins to Fade Away

Far removed from the rapidly modernizing cities of Indonesia, the Mentawai people are struggling to reconcile their traditional way of life with the country's development.

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Vietnamese Designer Sparks Debate With Modernized National Costume

Miss Vietnam's national costume for the 2016 Miss Supranational beauty pageant, created by designer Le Long Dung, has sparked debate over its cultural accuracy. 

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How Your Phone Number Affects Your Fortune

“Too many nines,” Diep scoffs. “And you think it’s good? It’s not, honey.”  

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[Photos] The Fabulous Lives of Hong Kong's Shop Cats

Life as a cat in Hong Kong’s shops is fabulous.