Doctors said there was no hope. The baby would die. The broken-hearted father signed the cremation papers. He could not take her to their native place for burial because the premature baby’s mother, his wife, was still in the hospital and had to be tended to. Later, the sad parents went to the hospital to collect the ashes, but could not. They returned home, accepting their fate. But... In a story that twists at every turn with ifs and buts, the baby did not die. No chance “When I was six months pregnant, doctors at the district hospital said my baby had congenital hydrocephalus (a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid accumulates within the brain and increases pressure inside the skull). They advised me to give her up. “Even if she was born, she would not survive (for long), they noted,” said Khong Thi Thu Trang, sitting in her small house in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre. Trang and her husband did not lose hope immediately. They went to the Tu Du … [Read more...] about A baby dies, survives and reunites with long-lost Vietnamese mother
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Ngo Thi Thuy Hang has voluntarily spent the years of her youth searching for the tombs of fallen Vietnamese soldiers for more than a decade. Ngo Thi Thuy Hang is talking with a relative of a fallen soldier. All began on a day when the then student, Nguyen Van Tuan, was watching a TV documentary about a veteran called Le Van Cam in the northern province of Thai Binh. The veteran had been cycling everywhere to look for information about his fellow combatants who lost their lives on the battlefield. A question occurred to Tuan “Why not use information technology to look for the tombs of fallen soldiers?” Tuan the discussed the idea with his close friends at the Hanoi College of Sciences. The group decided to develop a website called Nhan Tim Dong Doi (Inquiries for My Brothers-in-Arms) and after only three months, all the design and coding for the website were completed. On the day of its launch, the eight young men were as anxious as if they were going to welcome the … [Read more...] about The woman who devotes her youth to the search for fallen soldiers’ tombs
Viet Nam News That summer I visited Varanasi for the first time. That city is considered a holy place because of its location on the sacred Ganges river. I had promised myself on this visit to that city I would visit the river. I was not traveling for pleasure. I’d be working. As a postgraduate student researching Oriental culture, I had accepted an offer to do some translations for the Indian railway ministry. Before I went to India to study, I had worked as an interpreter for diplomatic delegations for several years, so that work wasn’t unfamiliar to me. The only unfamiliar thing was that it was my first time interpreting for the railway industry, which required me to know about locomotives and diesel engines. For example, until then I only knew “solution” meant a way of solving something. Only when I visited the petrochemical factory of the Varanasi railway company did I learn that it had another meaning: a homogeneous, molecular … [Read more...] about A scoop of holy water
Viet Nam News By Nguyễn Ngọc Đào Uyên A siren was echoing from the ferry landing. Hương was busy cooking. It was her daily chore, from early morning to late at night. When she lived with her parents, she did field work, and now with her husband's family, she had to farm. She planted maize, beans, chili, pepper and cucumber. She was always busy, day in day out. But she was used to it. Every woman she knew was in the same boat. The pot of rice was boiling, spreading its fragrance around the room. She was in deep thought when she heard her husband clearing his throat: "I called you loads, but you didn't answer! Dish the rice out, now! Oh, by the way, you'll have to go to the parent-teacher meeting at school for Giao." Having finished, Tánh, her husband turned and left. He strolled out of the house, leaving the revolting reek of alcohol behind. They had been married for years but she still wasn't used to that smell. On their wedding night he was blackout drunk and she couldn't … [Read more...] about What a quiet ferry landing!
President of Harvard University, Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust had a speech about the war between Vietnam and the US during a visit to the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities on March 23. Belows is the whole speech: For more than three decades before I became president of Harvard, I worked as a scholar and teacher of history. For that reason it gives me special pleasure to be here at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, one of Vietnam’s preeminent centers for historical study. It also means a great deal to me to be here in your country, for important parts of our national histories have been intertwined in ways that have affected all of us. What you know as the War of National Salvation Against the Americans—what we call “Vietnam”—indelibly shaped those of us coming of age in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. Even though I never came within 8,000 miles of your country during those years, its names and places have … [Read more...] about Harvard president talks about Vietnam war