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Wed
07
Aug

Vietnam: Spiritual nation & geopolitical realities

 

 

CUTLINE: The man in the foreground is about to burn incense as an offering in a temple in the Cholon District of Saigon that dates back to the 18th century. After a person’s death, relatives go to the temple or pagoda for 30 days to burn incense in honor of the deceased. The wire cones above the altar symbolizes that the incense is trapped in the heavens. In the background you can see some of the reddish-colored shrines; Buddhist temples usually have three shrines –or one is of Buddha, the other two frequently relate to either noted religious figures or to the temple’s founder. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

 

Wed
31
Jul

The ghostly dragon’s teeth of Halong Bay

 

 

Wed
24
Jul

Hanoi: “The real Vietnam because Saigon is too young”

 

 

 

Wed
17
Jul

Hue: The Imperial capital and soul of Vietnam

CUTLINE: The Tu Duc Tomb is a 4950-square-foot complex composed of 50 different elements. Here, one can see part of the high walls, moat and walkways that take you around this part of the complex. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

 

Hue: the Imperial capital and soul of Vietnam

By Jerry Wadian
Contributing Writer

 

 

Wed
10
Jul

Beaches, mountains and rural Nam

 

Beaches, mountains and rural Nam
Da Nang & the road to Hue

By Jerry Wadian
Contributing Writer

jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

Da Nang (also spelled Danang, like Vietnam is also spelled Viet Nam) is a city with over 4 million people. It has one of the best deep-water harbors in Asia and rivaled Long Binh as the biggest U.S. base in the country during the war. It was the location of China Beach of TV fame, although no trace of the hospital complex exists today.

Wed
03
Jul

Hoi An: A step back in time

 

Wed
26
Jun

Saigon: scooter paradise

 

Saigon: scooter paradise

 

By Jerry Wadian
Contributing Writer

jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

Some four centuries before Christ, along the Red River on the border of modern China, a culture known as the Viets founded what is known today as Vietnam.

Over time the Viets spread throughout Vietnam. Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, became the chief city in the southern part of the country. 

The French occupied Saigon for most of a century, making it their chief center of operations. America made it the focal point of our stay in the country during the war.

Wed
19
Jun

Vietnam: slow change in an ancient land

 

 

CUTLINE: These “stores” in Vietnam may seem unduly small and dirty, but they line Highway 1 from Saigon to Xuan Loc, 30 miles of little shops. They normally supply one kind of item and provide a living to the entrepreneurs running them. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

 

Wed
15
May

Back to ‘Nam

 

Back to ‘Nam

By Jerry Wadian
Contributing Writer

jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

You won’t be seeing my byline for the next three weeks.

By the time you read this, I will be in a plane somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on my way to being a visual artist in “paradise.”

Upper Iowa offers grants to faculty to spend time in other countries to help internationalize the curriculum.

In the past, individuals and groups have gone to such places as Haiti, Italy, Peru, France, Turkey and China to study other cultures.

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