Viet Nam News by Hồ Anh Thái His name was Ananda, and Ananda means satisfaction and bliss. One morning he went to the director of the factory that stood just outside his village and asked for a million rupees. This sum, he knew, would be large enough to build a great temple with a unique architectural design, the kind of temple that would lure droves of tourists to the village. Until now, tourists had passed by quickly, as if Ananda’s village were located in a wasteland. But the young director—he was the same age as Ananda—refused outright. Wasn’t India already overburdened with millions of temples, an abundance of gods, and a shortage of everything else? No, he would only donate a small contribution to the village charity fund. And when he said “small,” Ananda knew, the young director wasn’t simply being modest—he meant really small. Tiny. And as for the temple fund, the answer was “no.” And that was that. And … [Read more...] about The Man Who Stood On One Leg
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“As the plane ascends The screeching chaos I turn to take on last look. What am I fleeing from? I cannot yet comprehend. Where am I going? that... God only knows” Sue Bylund’s poem asks a question with retrospective effect going back 44 years. She was 36 days old then. That day, when she and 17 other children were taken out of Vietnam, she was too young to know or understand anything. She now knows a lot more, but fundamental questions remain, and she has been looking for answers for many years. Sue Bylund during her first days in Australia Fateful flight Sue Bylund was born at the Maternity Hospital Saigon on April 18, 1974 (Vietnam war time), under the name Luu Thi Van, and was taken to an orphanage the same day. A month later, her name was put up for adoption by an Australian couple, Richard and Marlene. “On May 24, 1974, I was taken to Australia and started a new life under the name Sue Bylund,” she told VnExpress. The little Asian girl with dark … [Read more...] about I want mommy: Australian’s 17-year-search for Vietnamese mother continues
Since using this modern payment application, my life has positively changed. As a person who was always cautious of managing money, I used to trusted in cash payment only. However I have changed my payment habit. It is now only with a cellphone, all of my ATM cards and membership cards are fully integrated with Samsung Pay, and above all others, it is still absolutely secured. Have you ever experienced the feeling of regretfully looking at your favorite items sold to somebody else, or how embarrassing it is when your money is not enough to pay for a coffee bill? Having gone through all of these, I shall share a tip to stay away from these troubles. The strong need of e-payment solution In the past, I only trust in things that I was sure of. Especially, I was very cautious of what I considered to be risky like crediting all my money to cards. It was partly due to my habits, and partly due to the obsession with the ATM card theft, I was not so interested in card payment. That was why … [Read more...] about How did my cash payment habits change?
The Vietnamese village that is home to this art lost almost all its treasures in the form of paintings and woodblocks when the French torched many of its homes, and in an ironic twist of fate, now sells paper offerings to burn.Meanwhile, a handful of people trying to preserve and promote this art face new problems.To illustrate this, artist Nguyen Huu Qua spreads out two versions of a popular Vietnamese motif – “The Rat’s Wedding.”One is a painting made by him and the other is one bought from a shop selling souvenirs in Saigon.Even to a layperson, the differences between the two are obvious.The mass produced one is printed, not painted, on thin paper with pale and blurred brush strokes, and several details are left without colors.And those who know Chinese characters will see more inaccuracies in the painting from the gift shop.“A Dong Ho painting does not just have the picture. It also has Chinese letters to pass on a message. In the 'Rat’s … [Read more...] about What the rat race has done to the Rat’s Wedding
Viet Nam News That summer I visited Varanasi for the first time. That city is considered a holy place because of its location on the sacred Ganges river. I had promised myself on this visit to that city I would visit the river. I was not traveling for pleasure. I’d be working. As a postgraduate student researching Oriental culture, I had accepted an offer to do some translations for the Indian railway ministry. Before I went to India to study, I had worked as an interpreter for diplomatic delegations for several years, so that work wasn’t unfamiliar to me. The only unfamiliar thing was that it was my first time interpreting for the railway industry, which required me to know about locomotives and diesel engines. For example, until then I only knew “solution” meant a way of solving something. Only when I visited the petrochemical factory of the Varanasi railway company did I learn that it had another meaning: a homogeneous, molecular … [Read more...] about A scoop of holy water