Photographer's Note

LUNG CU is the most northern point of Vietnam. It is marked by a giant flag tower with a giant flag, making sure this part of the world is indeed Vietnam, not China. I might show a picture of it later. For the time being, I am more interested in people than in borders.

THIS PICTURE was shot in a small Lolo village near Lung Cu. I'm sorry I forgot its name. Having climbed the flag tower, we stopped at this village and it began to rain, so we took shelter in a house that had a sign saying "ca phe" (coffee).

There was no one about, but eventually this old lady appeared and made us welcome. When the rain persisted, we inquired if we could have lunch here too. Of course, she said. Then called her daughter and granddaughter who prepared us a kind of chicken curry with lots kurkuma. Obviously they had to kill a chicken first.

THE LOLO are a people living in the north of Vietnam. To my surprise, looking it up now for this post, I discover that the LoLo are actually the same people as the Yi people, who live in China.

In total there are some 9 million Yi (or LoLo), including some 3,000 living in northern Vietnam.


Incidentally, we visited the Yi autonomous region in southern Sichuan in China a long, long time ago. Very, very off the beaten track that was and I'm still very proud of the "Yi portraits" I shot there.

If you want to check them out, just search for PUGE or XICHANG here, both in Sichuan province in China.

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