Viet Nam News QUẢNG NGÃI — Hồ Văn Dé, a 54-year-old man in a small and remote village in the central province of Quảng Ngãi, is known as the father of the largest family in Trà Quân Commune. Dé and his wife Hồ Thị Phương have 10 children. The oldest is 21 and the smallest is six. The crowded household lives in a space barely reaching 50sq.m , which is always dark and has almost no furniture besides two small, old beds and some mats on the ground. Phương and Dé can hardly remember the names and birth dates of all their children. To keep the information, Dé wrote the names and birth dates of 10 children on an old satellite dish. Each time a guest comes over, he’d point them to the satellite instead of introducing his children one by one. “It’s easier to remember their names and birth dates this way,” he told Nhân Dân (People) newspaper. As the … [Read more...] about Large families in Quảng Ngãi mired in poverty
Family is coming
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Mỹ Hà "Lang Lang is coming to town. How can I get tickets to his concert?" a mother of two musically inclined children begs friends on her Facebook account. The famed concert pianist’s performance is scheduled for the last day of August, but social media groups have already been busy chatting about him. Brought to ViệtNam this time by the Swiss luxury brand Hublot, the tickets are distributed via the company’s local branch. They are available by invitation only, sparking a frenzy among parents who hope to take their children to see the inspirational talent in person. Phạm Linh, a Hanoian mother of two daughters studying piano and violin, was waiting for her second translated book to hit the stands when she learned that its main character and author would be coming to town. Co-written by Lang Lang and David Ritz, the book Lang Lang, Journey of a Thousand Miles — My story tells a story of great will power, … [Read more...] about Parents scramble as Lang Lang comes to town
For five decades, this Saigon family has produced thousands of paper lanterns for every Mid-Autumn Festival. Inside Phu Binh hamlet, Ho Chi Minh City's District 11, Nguyen Trong Thanh’s family is well known for the lanterns they make with transparent plastic sheets. Every Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated in September, the family produces thousands of these large lanterns for the market. “Two generations of our family have pursued this career. My parents moved from Nam Dinh Province to Saigon and make lanterns, then my siblings and I followed their footsteps. In the beginning, all eight of us were doing it, but as the work got more challenging, only two of us have stayed with it,” said Thanh. Thanh, 50, stands with Nguyen Trong Binh (R), 40, with a 1.5-meter-long dragon they'd just finished. It takes a lot of time to finish a giant lantern, said Thanh. “We usually finish our products a month before the festival, … [Read more...] about Saigon family helps light up mid-autumn fest with huge lanterns
On Monday, 89 elderly South Koreans and 185 North Korean people saw each other in a group reunion at this scenic resort on the North's east coast for the first time since they were mostly separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The families met again from about 10 a.m. Tuesday, this time in their hotel rooms. The North Koreans came to the rooms where their South Korean relatives were staying for the private meetings. Many were clad in Korean traditional clothes or hanbok. Some brought gifts such as ginseng and cosmetics prepared for those who traveled all the way here to reunite with their families. They also ate lunch together in the rooms right after the morning meeting. This marked the first time ever that separated families have had such private lunch time together during family reunion events. Lee Young-boo, 76, was satisfied with the freer setting than a day earlier. "It felt much freer and better," said Lee, who came here to meet his two nephews and one niece living in the North. … [Read more...] about Separated families meet again on 2nd day in freer, comfy atmosphere
Thien Nhan and his adoptive mother Mai Anh (Photo: courtesy of Tran Mai Anh) Hanoi (VNA) – 23-year-old Nguyen Huong Lien is working her way through university to become an English language teacher, her career choice, with the help and support of her adoptive parents. Lien (not her real name) said she didn’t remember her life at the orphanage in Hanoi where she was living up until the age of four before she was adopted. However, it is easy to notice the sympathy on her face when she is asked about orphans and their life in orphanages. “Sometimes, I visit the orphanage and play with the children there,” Lien told the Vietnam News Agency. She described how being adopted and living in a stable family surrounding was purely good luck and wished that all disadvantaged children could have such luck. Infant found in the wild rescued Thien Nhan was born on July 15, 2006, but was abandoned by his run-away single teenager mother several days later. He … [Read more...] about Family care encouraged for disadvantaged children
Viet Nam News WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the US border on Wednesday, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the international community. The spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since May 5 and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives. Despite the order, there was no plan in place to reunite the thousands of children already separated from their families, according to multiple US media reports, citing officials from the Health and Human Services Department. Those kids would remain separated while their parents were under federal custody during immigration proceedings, according to The New York Times. Pictures and accounts of the separations sparked outrage and a rebellion among Republicans in … [Read more...] about Trump orders halt to family separations
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
“Family is rice with fish sauce”; “Family is a loving mother”; “Family is the baby’s cries”; “Family is Ipad”, “Family is being scolded”. Those are some of the thousand thoughts of pupils from grade 4 to 6 collected by Nguyen Huong Linh, La Thanh Ha, Nguyen Thi Ha Lan, Duong Thuy Ly, and Nguyen Ngoc Mai Tram during their journey to 7 Vietnamese provinces. Sharing an interest in social work, the five girls started a non-profit project called “Every family is great” last October. The project aims to provide children with perspectives on differences and variety of families. Huong Linh, one of the founders, said the topic of family was inspired by her own childhood. “My parents separated when I was in grade 4, but neither of them gave me any explanation of the situation,” Linh said, “I felt hurt for a very long time until I grew up and figured it out by myself. Then I realized … [Read more...] about Every family is great!
He is a reclusive hedge fund billionaire who made a fortune using complicated algorithms to bet on things other people could not see. One of his gambles was on Donald Trump. And his backing of the long-shot presidential candidate has made Robert "Bob" Mercer, the former co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies, the top powerbroker in Republican politics today. The Mercer family is not nearly as well known as the industrialist Koch brothers or the Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson when it comes to supporting right-wing causes in the United States. And they are more than happy to keep it that way. Mercer, 71, who worked as a computer scientist at IBM before joining Long Island-based Renaissance Technologies, has always shunned the limelight. According to numerous accounts, Mercer is socially awkward and intensely private. He is described in Michael Wolff's bombshell new book "Fire and Fury" as "almost nonverbal, looking at you with a dead stare and either not talking or offering only … [Read more...] about Republican powerbrokers: the private Mercer family that bets on Trump
VietNamNet Bridge – Mr. Bui Ngoc Thai puts on his plastic gloves and carefully mixes the thin layers of lean pork meat, lard and skin with some salt, MSG and thinh, the golden roast rice grounded into a brownish powder. The pleasant fragrance of thinh started to fill the room.His family’s workshop in Dan Phuong District, 20km west of Hanoi, is less than 100 square meters. But it produces a special delicacy—nem Phung—that regularly travels by air, train and bus to anywhere on earth where Vietnamese people are living.In his high-ceilinged country home across the street from the workshop, Mr. Thai recalled how his grandfather used to make his nem at a cart stop eatery serving travelers and commuters who stopped by.“My grandfather was born in 1890, the same year as President Ho Chi Minh,” he said. “He sold gio (steamed pork jambon) and cha (fried pork cakes) and nem in his eatery and became very successful.”Thanks to his grandfather’s … [Read more...] about A family treat that nurtures generations to come