Ho Chi Minh City, Feb 2009. Wikimedia Commons

By Vu Viet Tuan

VN Express-Oct 23

A woman with a flower in her mouth and hair blowing in the wind. This was an attractive illustration that painter Thanh Chuong drew for the cover of a local newspaper in Hanoi for its spring issue.  However, soon after the paper was published, a cultural czar, a bureaucrat tasked with reviewing and censoring art and culture-related products in the country, demanded that all issues be recalled, because, kid thee not, the woman’s hair was too “unkempt.”

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First published in: VN Express