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World War II: The Vietnam War

History of resistance in the Vietnam era     The Vietnam War against the United States, also known in Chiến tranh Việt Nam in Vietnam, took place in the first of November 1955 until April 30, 1975. The war lasted for nineteen years, five months, four weeks, and a day.   Also dubbed as the…

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The Phantom of the Opera Musical: For Love, Death, and Theater

The Phantom of the Opera Broadway musical keeps you on the edge of your seat         Adapted from the 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera follows the story of a hideously disfigured composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. The phantom’s romantic obsession with a gorgeous naive…

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Anastasia Musical: A Dazzling Fairy Tale

Embark on a Journey to the Past in Anastasia the Musical     When the animated film Anastasia premiered almost two decades ago, critics called it “charming” and “entertaining,” albeit with many historical inaccuracies. In 2016, a musical stage play by the same name took Broadway by storm. Anastasia the musical brings a fantastic retelling…

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Aladdin: A Magical Carpet Ride to Broadway

A Musical Review on Aladdin   Aladdin is based on Disney’s 1992 Aladdin animated film. The Broadway show premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre, last July 7, 2011, in Seattle, Washington. It won several awards, such as the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor…

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The Italian Superstition Malocchio

Origins and Amulets: A Remarkable Look on the evil eye   Superstitions are deeply embedded in every culture in the world. Italians have their fair share of folkloric stories and traditions. On the matter of luck, perhaps the most well-known is the malocchio or the evil eye. Mal means “bad” and occhio means “eye.” It…

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by Rosalie H. Contino, PhD