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Cartoons find the humour in traffic accidents

Update: May, 31/2010 - 10:03
Too little too late: Bai hoc muon (Belated Lesson), the cartoon that won the first prize, will be donated to Dong Nai General Hospital. — File Photo

Too little too late: Bai hoc muon (Belated Lesson), the cartoon that won the first prize, will be donated to Dong Nai General Hospital. — File Photo

HCM CITY — As an accident victim with broken arms and legs convalesces in a hospital bed with nothing to do but stare up at the ceiling, he receives a belated lesson in traffic rules.

Painted on the ceiling is a chart of traffic signs and a traffic policeman points out to the patient those he might have ignored to land in his current predicament.

This and many other works by eighty cartoonists nationwide can be seen at an exhibition on traffic-related works that opened at the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Branch office in HCM City Friday.

The national contest, Rong Tre (Bamboo Dragon), themed on Giao thong thoi hoi nhap (Traffic during the integration period), was organised by the Sports and Culture magazine under the news agency. The contest, held every two years, received around 400 entries from 80 cartoonists.

The two first prizes were won by HCM City-based cartoonist Ha Xuan Nong, whose pen name is NOP.

The prizes were sponsored by British Council, Ford Foundation, and Danish Cultural Development and Exchange Fund.

NOP said he had for long toyed with the idea of creating a collection of cartoons with the aim motivating everyone to obey all the traffic rules.

The cartoonists displayed at the exhibition will also be sold and the funds donated to the Dong Nai General Hospital to support poor people injured in traffic accidents.

Many of the exhibited works have already been sold, including the prize-winning Bai hoc muon (Belated Lesson) by NOP described earlier.

Poet Lam Xuan Thi bought the painting and has said he will hang it at the Dong Nai General Hospital that receives many traffic accident victims.

According to the organiser, a similar exhibition held in Ha Noi last month found the appreciation of thousands of Vietnamese and foreigners.

The exhibition will remain open through Thursday at the VNA representative office in at 116 – 118 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, HCM City. — VNS

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