Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about whether Vietnamese
parents should give their daughter a big dowry - money and/or valuable
jewelry - as a token of parental love and also financial support as she
leaves to set up her home elsewhere.
Eerything has its price. But the price Viet Nam is paying for industrialisation and urbanisation seems too much to bear.
One chilly Sunday morning, Nguyen Thu Phuong gets an
e-mail. She quickly goes to the Old Quarter's Hang Dao Street, where
two foreign tourists are waiting for her.
Australian painter George Burchett loves Viet Nam. After many years
working and living in Viet Nam, Burchett even calls himself Vietnamese.