Illustration by Trịnh LậpViet Nam News by Mary Pecaut I first set foot in Việt Nam in 2014. As a US citizen embarrassed by my country’s policies during and following the American-Việt Nam War, I was uncertain about the welcome that awaited me. Because I spoke French and had family members living in Toronto, I prepared to answer that certain-to-be-asked question: Where are you from? By replying, Canada. I was pleasantly surprised to find that US citizens are very welcome in Việt Nam and that there was no need to hide my identity. Upon arrival, I started my quest to understand my new home country and her people. Usually when I arrive in a newly assigned country, I dive into the local culture through food, art and language. I soon discovered that the best window into Vietnamese culture was by understanding a unique Vietnamese national holiday. Tết Nguyên Đán, otherwise known as Tết, is the most important and popular … [Read more...] about Can a holiday explain a national identity?
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Nightfall in Minsk means Dmitry Naskovets begins working the phone. At 24, Naskovets is tall and skinny, and still looks like the college kid he recently was. He’s in his apartment’s kitchen, in a respectable neighborhood off the second ring road in the capital of Belarus. He starts around 6 p.m. and usually doesn’t quit until three the next morning. On this particular winter night in 2009, Naskovets checks the online orders that have come in and sees a routine assignment. A client has tried to buy a MacBook Pro online with a stolen credit card, but American Express blocked the purchase. Now it’s Naskovets’s job to work it out with Amex. He calls the toll-free number, using software that makes it look as if he’s dialing from the U.S. Any information the customer rep might ask for, Naskovets’s client sends him instantly by chat. The questions don’t usually get beyond the cardholder’s date of birth, Social Security number, or … [Read more...] about An identity thief explains the art of emptying your bank account
Hungary made plans on Wednesday to reinforce its southern border with helicopters, mounted police and dogs, and was also considering using the army to confront a record number of migrants trekking into Europe, many fleeing war in Syria. Unrest flared briefly at a crowded reception center in the border region of Roszke, with a police spokesman saying tear gas had been fired. Police said a record 2,533 migrants – most of them from Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan – were caught entering Hungary from Serbia on Tuesday. Another 1,300 were detained just by 9.30 a.m. (0730 GMT) on Wednesday. More will have passed unnoticed, walking through gaps in an unfinished barrier to a Europe groping for answers to its worst refugee crisis since World War Two. Hungary, which is part of Europe’s Schengen passport-free travel zone, is building a fence along its 175-km (110-mile) border with Serbia in a bid to keep them out, taking a hard line on what right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban … [Read more...] about Hungary moves to secure border as migrants stream in
Ethnic minority villagers in the central province of Quang Tri must no longer risk crossing a fast-flowing stream on wire cables thanks to a concrete bridge built by an anonymous Vietnamese philanthropist. The makeshift concrete bridge, labeled ‘Anh Teo Sai Gon’ (Bro Teo from Saigon) was opened to traffic in Cu Pua Village in Dakrong Commune around mid-January 2016. Most villagers belong to the ethnic minority group Van Kieu. The bridge, which measures about 10 meters in length and two meters in width, is now a focus of attention among residents. “There’s nothing out of the ordinary about the bridge itself, but how it was built is really special,” Ho Van Phoi, the village head, said. Just over a month ago, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper published a photo essay featuring Cu Pua villagers perilously crossing a spring using two cables. Shortly after their publication, a man from Ho Chi Minh City went straight to Phoi’s home with an offer of VND30 million (US$ 1,323) to help build a … [Read more...] about Anonymous Vietnamese builds bridge in village where people crossed stream on cables
(Cinet)- The Collection set of World Cultural Heritage of Ho Citadel and a cultural identity in Thanh Hoa will be introduced in a form of: Exhibition on UNESCO Culture and Education for a sustainable development”. According to Dr. Do Quang Trong, a manager of Center for Cultural Heritage Maintenance of Ho Citadel, the display room in the exhibition will introduce a cultural heritage of Thanh Hoa land, a Dong Son culture, to some researchers and the public Some heritages in Thanh land’s culture consists of some temples, tombs, pagodas such as Ba Trieu pagoda, Le Hoan temple, Ly Thuong Kiet temple, Ho citadel, Gia Mieu temple, Ham Rong bridge, Cong Moong cave and some sites of Dong Son archaeology. A system of the world cultural heritage of Ho citadel includes some objects such as Citadel architecture, archaeological objects and heritages in neighboring areas. Besides, the Organization Board also collects and produces as well as introduces some tapes of DCD, VCD on … [Read more...] about Introducing World Cultural Heritage of Ho Citadel and a cultural identity in Thanh Hoa