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
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.