Monday, June 29, 2009

French legacy in Vietnam

Vietnam has certainly has seen its share of berets going by; in green, red, khaki and black, with badges depicting daggers, skulls and parachutes on wings, from France, the United States, Australia, New Zealand…

Pictures of Green Berets and a French soldier during the battle of Dien Bien Phu.

Still, the civilian black Basque beret survived, introduced to Indo-Chine by the French and still worn proudly these days.

Like the poet Duy Viet does, from the Stop and Go Café in Dalat, a place where Vietnamese and international poets alike come together to find peace and quietness from the hustle and bustle of Saigon and Hanoi,

or like this gentleman in Hanoi.

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