ATTENTION USERS

LEARN NC is no longer supported by the UNC School of Education and has been permanently archived. On February 1st, 2018, you will only be able to access these resources through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. We recommend that you print or download resources you may need before February 1st, 2018, after which, you will have to follow these instructions in order to access those resources.

Man applies inlay designs to a wood plaque at handicraft workshop in Hoi An

Inlayed wooden plaques display Chinese characters and traditional scenes. (Photograph by Margery H. Freeman. More about the photograph)

Ethnic Chinese populations are found in all urban and trade centers of Vietnam, but they are particularly large in Hoi An. Thus the frequent use of Chinese characters in art and on public buildings.

The plaque this artisan is making depicts an outdoor mountain scene with a horse and rider, bordered by geometric and floral designs. Another plaque features large Chinese-style characters, undoubtedly invoking good fortune for the owner. The employees at this workshop are all disabled, but capable of making the precision crafts sold by the shop.