Of all the Ma villagers, only Ms. Nhu's family makes the masks. These
masks are made of papier mache, then coloured and glued onto bamboo
skeletons to make dummies.
Unexpectedly, one day, when I entered an ordinary cottage, I found
things to be orderly. A seventy something woman and her thirty year old
son lived there.
Many people became rich, but there were still many of us as poor as
ever. Good luck had come to some people, not to all, certainly not to
A sudden summer shower refreshed the whole village, even their little
hut perched under a eucalyptus tree. Xoan, Duy's sweetheart, and her
friend Ly, sat and talked inside it for a long time before Ly left for
He sat there alone, looking into the river at those green duckweeds
floating past. Suddenly he thought about human life, which was like
those duckweeds that drifted to nowhere in this world.
The kids of the mountainous village of Com also went to school like
those of other localities. Yet, they did so by fits and starts. So,
there was a single class for them all under the charge of the local
border guards, among them Private Kien was their head, who took turn to
teach the schoolchildren.
On the occasion of the grave-cleaning festival in the third lunar
month, according to our faith, Dr Me, a psychologist, was interviewed
by the mass media as an advisor on psychological matters at Si Temple in
T. region to solve the omens of bad luck for pilgrims.
In fact, over the past 10 years, she had never returned to her
hometown. In her heart of hearts, she often dreamt of meeting them again
to cherish the sweet memories of the days they had been beside one
another on the campus.
It was raining hard when he got ready to go to work. Angrily, he took a
raincoat from the trunk of the motorcycle and wore it. What a hell of a
After several rainy days, the sky began clearing up and turned quite
blue. Standing by the window of his flat on the 11th floor of the condo,
the elderly photo editor of a magazine could see early yellowish
sunbeams spreading over the canopies and house roofs.