For over six centuries, Con Go has been a place to buy fresh seafood. At around 4 a.m. every day, fishing boats return to the shore after setting sail the previous afternoon. Since they cannot get into shallow waters, the seafood is taken ashore by coracles. … [Read more...] about Headlamps shine on a 600-year-old seafood market in central Vietnam
5 years old in dog years
Indonesian doctor Susana Somali and her staff cut tightly-bound plastic ropes off dozens of whimpering dogs rescued from the butcher's block after being sold or abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic. Somali's sprawling Jakarta complex, home to about 1,400 canines, has become a refuge for at-risk animals as cash-strapped owners sell them into the Southeast Asian nation's controversial dog meat trade. Mostly acting on tip-offs, Somali and her team hit the streets looking for stray dogs and butcher shops where more and more doomed animals are spending their last days howling in cramped cages. Somali -- who juggles a day job testing COVID-19 samples at a local hospital -- started the shelter in an upscale Jakarta neighbourhood more than a decade ago. Back then, she rescued one or two dogs from a butcher each week. But that number has soared to as many as 20 in recent months as strays are snatched off the streets for their meat. The 55-year-old mother of two negotiates with often … [Read more...] about Indonesia ‘dog doctor’ rescues canines from pandemic peril
The market is open from 4 a.m. till noon. Customers have made it a habit to observe their surroundings before crossing the railway since a person, busy talking on the phone, got hit by a train three years ago, though not fatally. … [Read more...] about 70-year-old railway market in central Vietnam poses safety hazard
“If you remain afraid that I would get hurt and did not teach me how to walk, I would never know how to walk for my whole life,” he added. “If you remain afraid that I would fall and did not teach me how to stand up, I may never mature.” … [Read more...] about 18-year-olds in Vietnam – P1: Are they still kids to parents?
In May 2016, President Obama visited Vietnam and announced the lifting of a three-decade-old U.S. arms embargo on Vietnam. Obama said the move aimed to ensure Hanoi had access to necessary weapons for self-defense. This was a step that showcased the U.S.’s commitment to completely normalize relations with Vietnam, including defense relations. … [Read more...] about Vietnam-US relations: 25-year testament to realpolitik success