Wednesday, January 22 2020


Outlook puts women in the forefront

Update: March, 11/2014 - 08:52

In this month's Oulook, we celebrate International Women's Day by taking a look at the invaluable role women play in society, a role that can too easily be taken for granted. In Viet Nam, March 8 is a day for every woman to feel special, loved and treasured, and we meet some of the wives and mothers who are striving to create a brighter future for their children.

Moving on, Long Bien Bridge is an iconic part of the capital's history that many locals feel a close affinity to. Having survived American air strikes during the war, the bridge now faces a new threat with proposals tabled to rebuild, replace or upgrade the magnificent structure that have led to strong reactions across society.

Another issue that has caught people's attention is the planned restructure of the public sector which could potentially lead to the loss of 100,000 jobs, so we listen to the opinions of those who are most likely to be affected by the proposal.

Moving further afield, a foreign activist's staunch opposition to the American War and love for Viet Nam have led to the unlikely foundation of a library tucked away in a small Italian village, and this month's Outlook takes a look at the literary legacy he left behind.

Closer to home, we also take a peak at a traditional Mong horseracing gala held just on the outskirts of the capital in a replica ethnic village that has become popular with locals and tourists alike since it opened.

Elsewhere in this issue, we follow an intrepid beer lover around the streets of Ha Noi to discover the city's microbreweries, visit traditional festivals that have been taking place across the country and look back at the successes and failures of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Last but not least, we finish with a remarkable story about two waste collectors who returned a small fortune in gold to its rightful owners, a refreshing act of honesty in this day and age.

The magazine can be bought at VND14,000 at major restaurants and hotels and at select newstands.

The Editor

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