Illustration by Đỗ Dũng by Hoàng Hiền It seems that in the whole village of Quế everybody wants Diệu to have an early marriage. “Why are you still single?” Many relatives, even villagers, asked her when they came to her family with season’s greetings at Tết. “Soothsayers have all told me that fortune hasn’t smiled upon her,” answered the old woman for her daughter. “My dear, every dog has its day,” she consoled her after they had left. Each time she dealt with her daughter’s marital status, Diệu remembered the fat body of the local butcher on her mother’s back. He usually stealthily got into her room before giving her little children hush money so that they went out at once to get a few pouches of candy or a small packet of chocolate chip cookies while their father was not home. He hurriedly went upstairs to the small attic full of sundries. … [Read more...] about Out of wedlock
Illustration by Trịnh Lập By An Phương Though school regulations do not allow students to use mobile phones in classes, I’ve seen many cases, including my nephews, carrying smartphones and using them publicly in schools. Mobile phones, especially smartphones, have become an essential part of our daily lives. I can’t imagine going one day without touching my iPhone, as I need to make calls, reply to messages, draft emails, and scroll my social feeds. Of course, I’m already an adult. I first had my phone about 10 years ago when I was 16, and I felt okay with having it at that age. However, I believe that’s not the case these days as even my 10-year-old nephew has asked his father for a phone. That’s why when I noticed the topic of phones in schools, I had mixed feelings as to whether mobile phones are beneficial or distracting for students. I spoke with four people, two of them four or five years … [Read more...] about Should students use mobile phones in schools?
The Hồ Chí Minh Trail proved a vital lifeline on the country's path to reunification, but keeping it open came at a high price Over 16 years, engineers, soldiers and volunteers built 20,000km of roads, 1,400km of oil-and-gas pipeline, 3,140km of hidden paths for vehicles to pass during the daytime, plus thousands of smaller bridges and drains. VNA/VNS Photo Văn Sắc By Nguyễn Mỹ Hà* The song “East of Trường Sơn Calling West” has become a soul-searching tribute to those who trekked through Việt Nam’s deepest jungle to unify the country. Starting in 2016, the live-televised show has brought together thousands of former soldiers, volunteers and students from the North who volunteered to go South and students who opposed the American war at that time to share stories and memories and recall those who fell for their country. This years, 350 veterans, … [Read more...] about Hồ Chí Minh Trail: 60 years and beyond
Part of the precious sandalwood forest in Đức Cơ District in the Central Highland province of Gia Lai. Photo tienphong.vn GIA LAI For more than 20 years, Rơ Mah Kem from the village of Grông has been quietly guarding the precious giáng hương (sandalwood) forest in Ia Kriêng Commune in the Central Highland province of Gia Lai. Kem spends most of his day patrolling the forest to protect the precious trees and stop illegal loggers from encroaching on the land. The wood is a top target for illegal loggers due to the high price it fetches on the black market. Kem said he had also encouraged other locals and his relatives to work together to protect the forest. Growing for hundreds of years, the forest is regarded as a treasure and a sacred symbol by Grông villagers through generations of ups and downs, according to the old villager. … [Read more...] about Villagers protect sandalwood forest in Gia Lai
MPN + Partners co-founder Nguyễn Phúc Minh Established in 2012 with a people-focused design philosophy, MPN + Partners has earned international awards including third prize for the Seine Restaurant (France) and the Third National War Museum (India), and the runner-up for DomestiCity (Altanta, US). The firm’s co-founder, young architect Nguyễn Phúc Minh who used to work at one of the top architecture firm called Foster + Partners, talks to Khánh Chi about the young firm’s philosophy, objectives and more. As a young firm, how does MPN + Partners stand out from the crowd? First and foremost, we are different because of the way we work. We've studied how the work of artisans, sculptors and musicians mingle with that of architects. Any project must satisfy three criteria: emotional touch, functionality and uniqueness. For each particular project, there are reasons and analyses behind it. That’s to … [Read more...] about “Copy and paste” have no room in architecture