Viet Nam News When Trần Thế Tuấn returned home to Việt Nam after studying in Japan, he had a new goal. That was to cycle from one end of the country to the other giving gifts to poor children. He grew up poor himself so he knows what it is like to struggle to study. While on the road he has stayed at the homes of many countrymen and countrywomen he has met along the way. by Lương Thu Hương Youth is the time to nurture ambitions and aspirations. For 24-year-old Trần Thế Tuấn, his ambition is to constantly challenge himself and live a meaningful life by contributing to society. To that end, Tuấn came up with the idea of the Wheel of Love charity programme after studying and working in Japan for two years. “One Japanese person once told me, ‘Each Vietnamese is a diamond, and each Japanese is a clay ball.’ Do you know what that means? It means every Vietnamese individual … [Read more...] about Back from Japan and on to a bike
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Viet Nam News An old man in Lào Cai Province is a panpipe expert. In fact, people call Thào A Dín “the panpipe king of the Xênh Mùa Ca highlands”. He is eighty-five this year and he is teaching his five-year-old grandson to play the instrument. Thào A Dín often plays at funerals. by An Vũ and Mộc Miên Deep in the rural district of Xênh Mùa Ca, home to the Mông ethnic people in Lào Cai Province, lives a kind-hearted old man who plays a melodious panpipe that bewitches fellow villagers and passersby. Thào A Dín, dubbed “the panpipe king of Xênh Mùa Ca highlands”, turns 85 this year. As we walk along a curved road toward Sín Chéng Hamlet on a rainy day, villagers were happy to show us the way to his house, even though they were hurrying to harvest their crops. They led us to the bottom of the terraced fields of Sín … [Read more...] about Panpipe king keeps going
Viet Nam News “Everyone, I will sell rose bouquets tomorrow in celebration of International Women’s Day. Those who are looking to give flowers to their girlfriends or classmates, please come to support me in front of Gate A of Hải Phòng University.” So wrote 26-year-old Trần Thị Hoa in one of her last Facebook posts on March 6. Early on the morning of March 7, Hoa and her friend Trần Thị Trang rode on motorbike to the flower market Đằng Hải in Hải An District in the northeastern port city of Hải Phòng. Not born to wealthy families, the pair intended to buy flowers and utilise their craft skills to make elaborate bouquets, aiming to make some money to cover their study and living expenses. On that fateful morning, Cao Huy Hoàng was driving a container truck for an export-import company along his usual route. Stopped at a red light, he saw that two trucks ahead of him were already occupying … [Read more...] about Road accidents: When will the pain end?
A discotheque hidden among the back alleys of eastern Seoul is packed with hundreds of grey-haired couples on a Monday afternoon, dancing to local hits from the 1960s in a basketball court-sized hall. Kim Sa-gyu, 85, calls it his “playground.” “What else would I do all day? My family is busy with work. I hate going to senior centers cause all they do there is smoking,” said Kim, wearing a beret as he sat on a bench at the edge of a dance floor decorated with fairy lights and mirror balls. Seven days a week, he gets up at 5 a.m., has breakfast with his son and two grandchildren, gets an hour of massage therapy to relieve knee pain, then hops on a bus. His destination is the daytime disco for the elderly in New Hyundai Core. Kim, who has been jobless since retiring as a hospital administer 20 years ago, is among about 1,000 customers each weekday at the disco, called a colatec. It is one of nearly 1,000 such facilities around the country. Almost 2,000 people visit … [Read more...] about In daytime discos, South Korea’s elderly find escape from anxiety
New hospital building delayed due to slow compensation for residents A design of the new facility for HCM City Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics. Source http://www.medinet.hochiminhcity.gov.vn Slow compensation for residents affected by the construction project has delayed construction on a new facility for HCM City Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics for six years. The project to build the new facility was approved by the Prime Minister in 2010. In 2011, investors designed to build a 5,000-square metre facility, which was later expanded to more than 7,000 square metres. HCM City People’s Committee has instructed the authorities of Bình Chánh District, where the new facility will be located, and investors to speed up the construction many times, but the project still has not yet been started. In 2016, for instance, the committee required that the project begin in December of that year and would be expected to be completed this year. According to the … [Read more...] about Social News 4/4 (Hourly Updated)