Season’s Greetings 2022/Happy New Year 2023!

To all of you who celebrate, wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, Rewarding, & Peaceful Solar New Year! Here's an article I wrote last year about Christmas in Vietnam as the kickoff to a long holiday season that culminates Tết, the celebration of the Lunar New Year, which falls on … Continue reading Season’s Greetings 2022/Happy New Year 2023!

Of Fish & Kitchen Gods: A Tết Ritual Needs To Be Carried Out in a Humane & Non-Polluting Manner

Dead carp floating in the To Lich River in Hanoi on Thursday. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh (February 2018) On a recent commute to my office, I noticed numerous signs on the bridge over the Red River. They asked people not to throw fish into water river below. As this 2018 article notes, "the ritual is an … Continue reading Of Fish & Kitchen Gods: A Tết Ritual Needs To Be Carried Out in a Humane & Non-Polluting Manner