Mid-Autumn Festival is a happy day. But several years ago, the mid-autumn season brought sadness to artisans in the craft village where they make traditional toys, as modern imported toys were sold everywhere. However, in recent years, it seems that the Mid-Autumn Festival has found its origin. Sad time Each Mid-Autumn season, Nguyen Thi Tuyen, an artisan in Hau Ai Village, Van Canh Commune, Hoai Duc District, in Hanoi, who is also called Tuyen "paper doctor" because she silently makes the star-shaped lanterns, paper doctor (Vietnamese folk toy) to provide for schools, museums and cultural centres. The family of Nguyen Thi Tuyen, at Hau Ai village, Van Canh commune, Hoai Duc district, Hanoi, has had many generations who have made traditional the Mid-Autumn toys. In the past, many Hau Ai villagers made Mid-Autumn toys, especially the star-shaped lanterns. At the end of summer, farmers gathered to collect bamboo and other kinds of paper. From the age of seven years old, she knew how to … [Read more...] about Mid-Autumn Smile
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At dawn of August 29, the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi was the site of a major festival in full flow. Legions of football fans in bright red t-shirts with the yellow star, the national flag, banners and drum rolls had flooded the airport on their way to Indonesia, where the national football team is hours away from playing South Korea in the first ever semifinal match at the Asian Games. Chants of “Invincible Vietnam,” “Vietnam the champion” rent the air. A large group of Vietnam football fans ready take a night flight to Indonesia to cheer their national team. Photo by Gia Chinh Nguyen Thanh Tuan, resident of Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem District, west of downtown Hanoi, did not wait till the last minute. A loyal fan of Vietnamese football, two days before the team won the quarterfinals, he decided to go to Indonesia "in one music note," and quickly booked a tour on his own. Another Hanoi resident, Nguyen The Quynh, sets off for Indonesia with … [Read more...] about Fever, fervor in the air as Vietnam-South Korea football semifinal looms
A few days ago, I got stuck in the middle of a traffic jam caused by a small marketplace on the roadside. I was suffocating when I heard some motorbike taxi drivers gossiping as they fidgeted with their phones. “Smartphones can now do lots of things, right? Even birth registration.” “They are building smart cities, men.” “Will smart cities make the traffic better?” The chit-chat was drowned out by the rumbling of motorbikes moving slowly like no-one was in a hurry. Then I was a bit astonished by what the motorbike drivers just said. It turns out the story of smart cities is spreading more widely than had been expected. It is not confined to the urban elites but has also become a talking point among ordinary citizens. Like how seaports used to mushroom in the recent past, building smart cities has become a fever from north to south, with workshops and seminars taking place in every corner. I have a feeling that cities are scrambling for fear of … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, cities are scrambling to be smart. But can it solve pressing problems?
This has been a problem that Hanoi’s leading officials have been working to solve for years, and as yet have failed to find a successful solution for. A downpour which brings around 50 to 100mm of water during a two hour period will likely cause flooding in 15 areas, according to the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Hanoi Sewage and Drainage Company recently came up with the idea of building an underground pool at the crossroads of Duong Thanh and Hang Da streets, in order to prevent flooding. Photo for illustration. Source: VTC The proposed underground pool which has been submitted to the municipal People’s Committee for feedback would be able to store 2,000 cubic metres of water. Vo Tien Hung, the company’s director, said that the pool will apply cross-wave technology from Japan, which uses polypropylene – a kind of thermoplastic polymer to soak up water. The company is asking Japan to work with polymer … [Read more...] about Underground anti-flood pool proposed in Hanoi
Vietnamese officials have expressed their concerns about the complicated nature of recognizing prostitution as a job. Despite being illegal in Vietnam, prostitutes can still be found all over the country's biggest cities, and the rackets controlling them have come up with countless ways to dodge the law with authorities seemingly helpless to stop the industry's unchecked development. Data may vary, but figures from the International Labor Organization (ILO) suggest that there are nearly 101,300 sex workers, including 72,000 women, in Vietnam. “We must recognize that prostitution is an existing issue in our society. Sex workers should have the right to make a living, contribute to society, and enjoy welfare in terms of healthcare and education,” said Cao Van Thanh, vice head of the Social Evil Prevention Department under the labor ministry at a recent meeting in Hanoi. A new law on prostitution is necessary to help ensure social security, he said, adding that the law should … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s sex industry and the sticky subject of legalizing it