An 83-year-old Ca Tu villager, who lives in the central coastal province of Quang Nam, has spent years making musical instruments and teaching youth about the songs and epics of the ethnic Ca Tu people.
HCM City-based drama troupes will stage several award-winning plays in the city and neighbouring provinces during Tet (Lunar New Year), particularly in rural areas with fewer entertainment choices.
Du, 64, has loved music for as long as he can remember. He received his first guitar lesson from his older brother, musician Dung Dat. Every day, he spent several hours in his room practicing while his friends went out to play games.
Students at HCM City schools have been more than thrilled to play thespian for the day in the Rhino at School programme that kicked off last Monday, organised by the US-based WildAid, African Wildlife Foundation and the CHANGE Centre, a Vietnamese non-profit organisation.
Ten years ago, the Blood Donation Centre in HCM City made an urgent call at 10pm to ask a motorbike-taxi driver if he could rush to Thong Nhat Hospital to donate blood for a patient undergoing stomach surgery.
A 40-year-old woman in Lam Dong Province lives virtually for her two young, paralytic children. Ka Ben carries Ha Gia, 12, and Ka Chieu, 10, to school, waits there for them to carry them to the toilet if needed, and brings them back home.
Every day, the boy, who has had the highest marks in his class at the Hoa Xuan Dong Primary School for the last five years, gets up early, goes to school and returns to the market to make pancakes.
A 116-year-old ethnic Mo Nong man, who attributes his longevity to manual labour on his farm, is Viet Nam's oldest living male, according to the Viet Nam Book of Records (Viet Kings).
How dare a white-collar employee wear a secondhand piece of clothing, you say? In Viet Nam, where everything new is venerated by poseurs who see themselves as "modern" fashion plates, the idea of purchasing secondhand clothing is often viewed with horror and disdain.
Psychologist Nguyen Minh Nga of the Love, Marriage and Family Consulting Centre in HCM City says that parents should stop forbidding their children's modern lifestyle, and instead offer life skills and useful advice.
Last weekend volunteers from local organisations, including the Viet Nam Association for Young People, entertained child patients, most of them with blood cancer, at the Hospital of Hematology and Blood Transfusion in HCM City's District 1.

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