Ambassdor Ted Osius, Asia, Dang Hong Anh, Danh Huu Phuc, Hanoi, Hanoi New Music Ensemble, Honna Tetsuji, Kim Ngoc Tran, Manzi Art Space, Nguyen Thien Dao, Old Quarter Cultural Center in Hanoi, Song Hong Ensemble of Hanoi, Southwest Chamber Music, Tram Vu, Vietnam, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Vu Nhat Tan
I was just asked yesterday by a good friend, who has never visited Việt Nam, what remains in the country from the era of French colonialism, what might he experience if he visited. Though answering the question could fill a few volumes, I’ll give you a some general observations.
The most obvious French echoes, along with influences in Vietnamese cuisine, are the numerous buildings that one encounters all over the country, and not just in Hà Nội. This unique blend of France and Việt Nam accounts for Ambassador Ted Osius’ belief that, after 30 years of service in Asia, he believes Hà Nội is the most beautiful city in a beautiful country.