She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
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The classical ballet “Giselle” is performed at the Hanoi Opera House on June 12 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The classical ballet “Giselle” was performed by Russia’s Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre at the Hanoi Opera House on June 12 to mark the 29th Russia Day. The ballet, with music played by Vietnam’s Sun Symphony Orchestra, features a peasant girl named Giselle who dies of shock after learning her lover was engaged to another woman and deceived her. She is then summoned from her grave by a group of female spirits who plan to kill her lover, but her enduring love saves him from death. In his speech, Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin V. Vnukov said the Russia Day (June 12) marked the start of a new era in the millennia-long history of his country. The performance of the “Giselle” ballet was an occasion to help Vietnamese learn more about the diverse culture of Russia, he said, adding that … [Read more...] about Classical ballet staged to celebrate Russia Day
Tia Thuy Nguyen has become the first Vietnamese designer to have her artwork put on display as part of the prestigious art collection at the Château La Coste. The installation piece is titled the Silver Room and has a height of 16.2 metres, a width of 6 metres, and length of 14.9 metres. The artwork takes its inspiration from Rong houses located in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. Designer Tia Thuy Nguyen spent a total of two years between 2016 and 2018 completing the artwork. It took her 10 months to gather the materials needed such as silver, stone, wood, and bamboo before being able to complete the room. Silver Room is a unique site-specific installation made from natural materials amid the hilltops of Aix en Provence in France. Every single part of the design has been tied together using rope, with no nails being used at all. At the centre of the room is a white quartz stone statue of Buddha. Through the exhibition, designer Tia Thuy Nguyen hopes to bring … [Read more...] about Silver Room by Tia Thuy Nguyen exhibited as part of French art collection
Eight years ago, Tra Linh Commune suffered extreme poverty, with many locals unable to buy or build decent homes. Ngoc Linh ginseng gets to the root of expansion Local woman proud owner of Ngoc Linh ginseng garden Quang Nam man digs up 100-year-old Ngoc Linh ginseng A view of the Tắk Lang billionaire village. Photo thanhnien.vn Thanks to Ngoc Linh ginseng, farmers have seen profits explode and the area is now covered with new residential developments. By the end of last year, members of the commune’s Sedang ethnic minority had saved hundreds of billions of dong. Tắk Lang Village is a hub for growing Ngoc Linh ginseng. Several years ago, it took half a day to travel from the centre of Nam Tra My District to the village. Now, wide roads have been built. Local residents consider Tắk Lang Village to be the first billionaire village of the Sedang people, Thanh Niên newspaper reports. Ho Van Du is a village patriarch in Tra Linh Commune. Three years ago, … [Read more...] about Poor residents enrich themselves thanks to ginseng
LOVING CARE: Nguyễn Xuân Thuỷ poses with one of his favourite items - a Vietnamese cassette player. VNS Photo Thuý Hằng by Thúy Hằng Many people go crazy for cutting-edge audio-visual devices to keep up with the latest trends, but there are others who remain loyal to the old days. In a spacious two-storey house in Hà Nội belonging to ghetto blaster enthusiast Nguyễn Xuân Thủy, it’s hard to find a place to sit because every room is taken up by his favourite devices. Cassette players can be found everywhere, and even the 49-year-old's bed is covered in old equipment. The story goes back three years, when feeling nostalgic, he decided to buy a cassette player similar to the one his parents bought after saving up for a year. “In 1990, cassette players were considered luxury items. The one my parents gave me was worth two taels of gold. At that time, two … [Read more...] about For the love of old cassettes