A Rumor of War

A Rumor of War


Philip Caputo

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Ao dai Term Analysis

A traditional Vietnamese dress worn by guests at weddings, women who work at shops, and school girls. The dress, which has long sleeves and a high collar, is sometimes worn with trousers. It is very tight-fitting and reveals the contours of a woman’s body while covering all of her skin. It is a variation of Chinese dresses, which Vietnamese women adopted and revised in the 1930s.
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Ao dai Term Timeline in A Rumor of War

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Chapter Three
Danger and Uncertainty Theme Icon
...park.” He watches a group of young girls walk by, wearing silk trousers and “filmy” ao dais . At dusk, having neither heard a shot nor fired one, they create places to... (full context)