A Cup of Wine
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There was no đón dâu (fetching of the bride), no thách cưới (gifts stipulated by the bride’s family). No mother-in-law had to leave for a neighbor’s house, bình vôi (lime pot) in hand, to signal her willingness to cede the matriarchal reins. The brides walked in side by side, hands clasped, as tall as the…

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Doors
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(Photos by Emci) Lá số tử vi is an astrological chart that consists of twelve cung (“houses”), populated with major and minor constellations. The placement of the first house, cung Mệnh (“self”), is determined using the birth month and birth hour. The remaining eleven houses follow clockwise: Phụ Mẫu (“parents”); Phúc Đức (“karma”); Điền Trạch…

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Once Upon A Time
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Your bà mối or matchmaker is:(a) Mom’s best friend.(b) Your best friend (who may turn out to be the one).(c) Algorithms purported to know you best.(d) Your best self, after you learn to trust your instinct and check your impulses.

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