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Vietnam re-enacts fall of Saigon to mark war milestone May. 1st, 2010 @ 09:47 pm
Vietnam has marked 35 years since the end of its war by staging a re-enactment of the fall of the Saigon.

Thousands of troops marched through the streets of what is now officially called Ho Chi Minh City to mark the day the communist North claimed victory.

The full story here.

Wow... they just love to gloat over this, yes? I feel a bit sick now.
Current Mood: not amused
Current Music: Diplo - BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, 16.09.2007

Vietnam puts Paracel row on summit agenda Apr. 8th, 2010 @ 10:14 pm
By Nga Pham
BBC News, Hanoi

Fishing boat in Da Nang, Vietnam
Vietnam's media is full of tales of fishermen being mistreated by China

Nguyen Thi Buoi is an unhappy woman these days.

Her husband, Tieu Viet La, and her two sons are among the 12 fishermen from Binh Son district in Quang Ngai province arrested on 22 March by a Chinese fishing patrol for "infringing Chinese waters".

Mr La and the others say they were caught as they were sheltering from a looming monsoon near Woody Island, the largest in the Paracel archipelago, occupied by China in 1974 but also claimed by Vietnam.

Since his arrest, his family have received only one phone call from him, urging them to pay a "fine" of 180m dong ($ 9,500:£6,000) demanded by his captors.

"We don't have any money," Mrs Buoi says, tears running down her face. "So far, I have only managed to secure 40m dong."

In recent months the plight of the Quang Ngai fishermen has received huge coverage in Vietnam's state-run media.

The full story here.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: "never gonna come back down (hybrid's breaktek mix)" - BT

Secret world of Vietnamese workers in Russia Apr. 4th, 2010 @ 03:30 pm
Three years ago, Cuong left his wife and two children in Vietnam and went to Russia in search of a job.

The young man from Hai Duong province thought he could make a good living as a garment factory worker.

Like many other Vietnamese illegal workers, he even changed his name - Cuong is an assumed identity - in order to avoid being detected and thrown out of the former communist state.

The full story here.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: "money" - david guetta

Vietnam government denies blocking networking site Nov. 20th, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
Not that this is particularly shocking, but Vietnamese officials have denied they are deliberately blocking access to social networking site Facebook.

The full story here.
Current Music: DJ Zinc BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix (14 November 2009)

Your daily facepalm moment. Nov. 7th, 2009 @ 04:39 pm
Customer: What's your name?
Coworker: Huy.
Customer: Is that spelled like the game console?
Current Mood: workingworking
Current Music: Armand Van Helden, Manchester Warehouse Project DJ set (29 September 2007)
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» Don't you just love the painfully ignorant?
Today, at work, a customer said to one of my coworkers*:

"Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Back in your country, I mean?"

Wow. Just. Wow.

* I'd say "one of my Vietnamese coworkers," but I don't have any coworkers that aren't Vietnamese.

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» Ao dai care
Hope this is allowed, if not let me know and I will delete it!

My mom just sent me my ao dais in the mail, and while I'm ecstatic to have them with me again, they are SO wrinkled. I've never had to even wash them as I've tried to take good care of them, so I am unsure of what to do and how to get them un-wrinkled!

Any suggestions? My google-fu for "ao dai care" has, alas, failed me.

» The Bat Nha monastery

I am speechless. In the last months the situation in the monastery was getting worse and worse for the monks, the electricity was cut off and they were threatened several times, but this... Even before that we, Ben Viet, a site about the political situation in Vietnam and issues of the Vietnamese immigration in Poland, were receiving many articles and notes about police reprisals of Catholics and Buddhists in Vietnam. Clearly, the Vietnamese regime is very egalitarian with their treating of religious organizations. Buddhist monks are enemies of the state just as Catholic priests.

(x-posted to buddhists and makingthematrix)
» Bespoke / custom tailored suits in HCM City
I may be in HCM City in late June. I've always wanted a bespoke suit and I suspect that there are tailors in HCM City that can do a good job with one. Any suggestions?
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