AW80D: Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Theatre / Saigon Opera House

Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre / Saigon Opera House

Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre / Saigon Opera House

Built in 1897, the Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Theatre (also known as the Saigon Opera House) is one of the cultural remnants of French colonial rule over Vietnam. Today, it is home to, among other things, the AO Show, (according to reviews on tripadvisor.com) a pretty fantastic stage show highlighting traditional and modern Vietnamese culture featuring dance and acrobatic feats. In the picture above, you can see the Theatre behind Dolphie in the left of the background.

Vietnam’s historical connection with France produced a few other Vietnamese traditions wrapped in French clothing, like banh mi, a sandwich featuring mostly Vietnamese-style meats, peppers, and pickled vegetables on a baguette. Actually, in Vietnamese, bánh mì simply means bread, but in the States, the term is widely used to refer to this particular type of sandwich.

Nsaum75 at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Nsaum75 at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons

Can you think of any other cultural mashups like these? Share in the comments!

(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia and tripadvisor, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, or at least confirmed things that I’m pretty sure I already knew, just click the links.)

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