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Happy Lunar New Year and welcome the year of the DRAGON : bringing opportunities, changes and challenges !

  New Year in Taphin (Tamay's village near to Sapa in north Vietnam) is the most celebrated moment in the annual calendar, full of feasting and parties. This week, families across the mountainside in Taphin and beyond are preparing for the weekend when they will celebrate the beginning of the year of the dragon. It is very important welcome in the new year. What is particular for Tamay's community is to start the New Year with new, handmade clothes.  Tamay is Mien*. All Mien Women will have spent the whole previous year preparing their new clothes for the New Year’s parties and to then wear for the year to come. On the eve of New Year everyone will have a...

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When things slow down, ideas from Tamay & Me about what to do in self isolation part 1.

Introduction, it's a series, not sure how long for ... It's a difficult time for all of us right now, some people in particular, my heart goes to those who are struggling. For everyone, it is a time of change, for the moment and perhaps for a while? I am going to put some ideas out there for you to stay sane and well and even try to make it feel positive, if just for a moment.  This series is all inspired by Tamay, our Mien half of Tamay & Me. She is a hero, she has always made her own clothes covered in tiny embroidery, she has always grown her own food and she has had it pretty hard...

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