The event, which opened Thursday at the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts as part of the Maris Art Project Asia Tour, showcases paintings in the Maris art style, a version of sand paintings blind people can appreciate. The main theme of the exhibition this time is world peace. Most of the works are of national flags and there are also simple objects like flowers and zebras. At the exhibition Thursday, dozens of blind people were helped by volunteers to go around. This style is created by Takahashi, which is the first painting method in the world to help visually impaired people feel colors and images with their sense of smell and feeling. In Maris, the brightness of colors is determined by the size of sand grains and specified in the Maris world standard table (invented in 2009 and patented in Japan). The size of sand grains represents the color brightness while the scent of sand shows color. Sand and rock grains are divided into 10 sizes representing the different level … [Read more...] about Japanese artist makes blind people see her paintings
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Hong Phuc, a journalist She was all of 10 years old when Men was abandoned by her mother in front of the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1. Men was also blind. After hours, her heart-rending cries caught the attention of the local police. They took her to a nursing home near the Thi Nghe Bridge in Binh Thanh District. Men stayed there for two years, before moving to the Blind Association of HCMC in the same district. She’s been living there for 26 years now. Her days in the association’s dormitory were peaceful, revolving around a single bed and a pet cat named Quay. But Men wanted more. She decided to start her own handicraft business. Stuffed animals, handbags, key chains, artificial flowers... she could make many things. Her work is so remarkably meticulous that even people with sight would have a hard time imitating it. She asked me how to post pictures of her works online. She has a Facebook account for her business, naturally, but for the last two years, no … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, are the blind leading the blind?
Other News The worst has yet to come By Ngoc Tran Monday, Aug 20, 2018,20:23 (GMT+7) The worst has yet to comeBy Ngoc Tran Chua Hak Bin - PHOTO: NGOC TRAN Chua Hak Bin, a senior economist at Maybank Kim Eng, spoke with The Saigon Times on the trade war between the U.S. and China, and especially its impact on the stock markets in Vietnam. The economist, who served as director at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, came to HCMC last week for a conference on the prospect of the Asian stock markets in the last six months of the year. Excerpts: The Saigon Times: Do you thing the trade war will be extended to ASEAN? - Chua Hak Bin: I suspect it's more of a China trade war. It's more about putting a check on China's technological supremacy. It's about putting a check on China's rise. The U.S. doesn't view the rest of the ASEAN countries in the same veil. They don't see them as a long-term threat. China's becoming so … [Read more...] about The worst has yet to come
Viet Nam News by Thu Vân It’s like a plot that only the most twisted, sadistic minds can think up, so the casual way in which it happens and the even more casual way in which redemption is found are as shocking as the plot itself. Does this sound confusing, convoluted and tortuous? If it does, that’s exactly how I feel, and you can add a liberal dose of anguish, anger and frustration. I am talking about several instances of babies being switched by mistake at birth, and the pain, suffering and trauma that follow for parents and children with the realisation that they’ve been bringing up the “wrong” child and have been brought up by the “wrong” parents for years. And then, everyone involved on the side of the authorities, officials and hospitals, redeem themselves by saying sorry and “correcting” the mistake by holding a ceremony to hand over the “right” children to the “right” parents. … [Read more...] about Switched kids: a blinkered view blinds us
Many motorbike and car drivers ignore traffic regulations, including installing substandard lamps, posing a danger for other road users.— Photo phapluatdansinh.vn HCM CITY — Many motorbike and car drivers ignore traffic regulations, including installing substandard lamps, posing a danger for other road users. The Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper reports that it is very easy to find lamps with high illumination at motorcycle repair shops and car shops in HCM City. According to staff at a motorbike shop in Thủ Đức District, the preferred lamp is the xenon or high-intensity discharge (HID) version, which provides brighter headlights and increases the visibility of peripheral objects such as street signs and pedestrians, often left in the shadows by standard halogen lighting. These lamps come from China and cost between VNĐ250,000 (US$11) to VNĐ1 million ($44.4) each. Additional accessories are required to install and replace the … [Read more...] about Substandard lights pose risk to road users