Viet Nam News Nguyễn Nhật Lâm is still a high school student. However, he has already achieved wonderful things. He has made a robotic leg to help people whose natural legs do not work. It won him a third prize at the Việt Nam Science and Engineering Fair 2018. by Lương Thu Hương For Nguyễn Nhật Lâm, a student at the Nguyễn Huệ High School in the central province of Hà Tĩnh, his favourite place at home is his desk, which is always covered in wires and electrical components. On this desk, he has conducted many experiments with the aim of creating products that are both helpful and affordable, particularly for the disabled. Lâm’s latest project, a robotic leg to help those who can’t walk, won third prize at the recent Việt Nam Science and Engineering Fair 2018. The prize is a deserving award for the great efforts and determination of the student from a rural … [Read more...] about Young, yet successful
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Viet Nam News Traditional long dresses for men are slowly coming back into fashion. This is thanks to a men’s group whose members wear them and hope that other men will do so too. During colonial times, men started to wear Western suits more often. When Vietnamese men wear traditional long dresses while on overseas visits, they can attract a lot of attention because they look quite different to other types of clothes. By Lê Hương & Hồng Vân Carefully wrapping a black turban on his friend’s head, Chu Đức Giang is helping his friend take a trip back in time. With the sun shining as bright as the clothes Giang and his friend wear, these two young men are keeping a tradition alive through the robes on their backs. They spent a Sunday morning joining other members of the Traditional Long Dress for Men’s Club to tour the Literature Temple and the Imperial Academy, the first university of Việt Nam built in 11th century … [Read more...] about Bringing back the men’s dress
Join the club: Men are encouraged to wear ao dai at events hosted by Dinh Lang Viet Group. VNS Photo Nguyen Le Hoang Carefully wrapping a black turban on his friend’s head, Chu Duc Giang is helping his friend take a trip back in time. With the sun shining as bright as the clothes Giang and his friend wear, these two young men are keeping a tradition alive through the robes on their backs. They spent a Sunday morning joining other members of the Traditional Long Dress for Men’s Club to tour the Literature Temple and the Imperial Academy, the first university of Vietnam built in 11th century in downtown Hanoi. The men’s group wear ao dai (traditional long dress) and during their tour, pause from time to time to lend a listening ear to the guide. Although they may look like they have arrived from days gone by, their ancient appearance is given a modern twist as many reach for their cell phones to take a selfie or two. The newly established club, a smaller group of … [Read more...] about Hoping the next generation will follow suit
Following a historic announcement at the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are poised for a face-to-face meeting. Since the end of the Korean War, the countries' relations have been marked by high tensions and periodic, but short-lived, thaws. Here is a recap of their troubled history: A divided Korean peninsula In 1945 Japan's defeat in World War II ends its occupation of Korea. The peninsula is divided along the 38th parallel between the Soviet-backed regime of Kim Il-Sung in the North and a South under U.S. protection. In June 1950 North Korea, later assisted by China, invades the South. A coalition led by the United States retakes Seoul. In July 1953, an armistice -- not a full-fledged peace treaty -- is signed and Washington imposes sanctions on Pyongyang. Pueblo spy ship crisis In January 1968, the spy ship USS Pueblo is captured by North Korea. After 11 months, its 83 crew members are released. According to Pyongyang, … [Read more...] about US and North Korea: foes face-to-face after decades of tension
Mai Linh and Vinasun used to be the biggest, the most reliable local cab firms in Vietnam. Photo via Flickr/Prince Roy under Creative Commons license A phone call and a five-to-ten minute wait. A few more phone calls and a cab arrives...if you're lucky. If not, an apology from the call center and you’re late for the airport. That was three years ago, but now for many Vietnamese, the idea of dialing a taxi call center is an alien concept. In the new era of technology, Grab and Uber are beating street taxis with just the click of a button. And it is not just the passengers who have been won over. Easy registration and flexible working hours have drawn over 50,000 cab drivers to work for Uber and Grab in Vietnam, with many leaving traditional taxi firms in search of a better living. Vinasun, Vietnam’s biggest taxi firm in 2014, lost 8,000 drivers this year, almost half of its employees, while rival Mai Linh Taxi also lost 6,000 drivers. A doomsday scenario for traditional … [Read more...] about Nowhere to turn: Can traditional taxis survive the onslaught of ride-hailing apps in Vietnam?