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.
Every Sunday in Phung Hiep District of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang, teacher Thanh chooses some songs related to a historical event to teach at the three-hour session and also narrates anecdotes and facts from history.
The Nha Trang Communist Youth Union has recently installed public-medicine cabinets on Tran Phu and Pham Van Dong streets to help tourists and locals in emergencies in the popular beach city.
Shoes for Sapa is a project of KIDS Vietnam, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to improve the lives of underprivileged children. The group delivers shoes, warm clothes and food for children in Sapa and surrounding areas to help them prepare for the cold season.
The village, located more than 150km from the City, is home to the Ro Mam ethnic minority who live in the northern area of the Central Highlands. It is located on Chu Mom Ray mountain range at 1,773 metres above sea level.
Children all over Viet Nam are excited about the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, which is known as "The Children's Tet." During the festival, they eat mooncakes with a variety of flavours, and walk the streets carrying lanterns.
Before returning to Japan, Murayama Yasufumi, a Japanese photographer, decided to take as many photos as possible of HCM City's downtown, famous for its colonial French architecture and green areas full of old trees.
As Viet Nam does not yet have a school to train professionally young actors, most children taking part in the industry are members of various drama troupes operating at culture houses in big cities.
City youth, increasingly lured to TV, computer games and cinemas, were being re-introduced to the wonderful world of animals and clowns.


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