Ebony Teeth is a brief look at the once widespread Vietnamese practice of dyeing the teeth permanently black. Though I rarely encounter people with black teeth now, I am lucky to know one particular woman, the elderly mother of a friend, whose teeth are “black as custard apple seeds” and who takes the spotlight in my essay. I am grateful to her, to my husband’s grandmother and to my friend Nga, for sharing folklore and poetry about tooth lacquering, as it’s also known.
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