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Hồ Giáo, a farming hero, dies

Update: October, 15/2015 - 16:00
Labour Hero Ho Giao, who was the inspiration behind various literary works, passed away on October 14. — Photo nld.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Well-known farmer Ho Giao, who figured in many literary works by Vietnamese writers, passed away on October 14 due to old age in his homeland in Quang Ngai Province.

He was 85 years old.

He was the only farmer to be awarded the title of Labour Hero twice -- in 1966 and 1986 -- for his work in raising cattle.

Giao was born into a farmer family in Tinh Son Commune in the central Quang Ngai Province's Son Tinh District. At the age of 13, he worked as a cowhand for various rich families in the province. At the age of 18, he joined the revolutionary troops to fight the French invaders. He then worked as a professional cattle raiser in Ba Vi Agriculture Farm in the 1960s. Soon, he became a good example of a successful farmer with his special way of raising milk cows. He was bestowed the title of Labour Hero by the state in 1966 and 1986, when he controlled a herd of 1,000 buffaloes that came from India. His unique contribution to the country's agricultural sector was the inspiration behind various characters in prose and poetry works, such as a poem entitled Gap Anh Ho Giao (A Meeting with Ho Giao) by poet To Huu, and a song entitled Bai Ca Anh Ho Giao (A Song on Ho Giao) by composer Nhat Lai.

His life was the inspiration behind two documentaries, entitled Chan Dung Mot Anh Hung (Portrait of a hero) by director Dinh Anh Dung, released in 1988, and Nguoi Binh Thuong (An Ordinary Man) by Quang Ngai Television Station in 2008, and a movie entitled Co Xanh Im Lang (Quiet Green Grass) by director Nguyen Thuoc.

A reading practice essay, entitled Dan Be Cua Anh Ho Giao (Ho Giao's Calves) by writer Phuong Vu, has been part of the Vietnamese language course book for second-grade students for dozens of years. — VNS


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