VietNamNet Bridge – We’ve translated and summarized a series of stories from the local medial about the booming business of brokering marriages between Vietnamese women and Korean men. The stories have triggered hundreds of letters to VietNamNet. Here are typical reader’s comments. As a Vietnamese man, I always protest Vietnamese girls marrying foreign men. The fundamental solution is creating jobs for rural women so they can have stable sources of income and can live in their homeland. If that’s not done, this situation will persist forever, even though the law forbids it. I hope the state can solve the fundamental problem. (Duong Phan) I’m sad. Many girls have not cared about their honor just because of money. Even sadder, Vietnamese law is too loose. (Bui Tan Man) Who will Vietnamese men marry? Korean women … [Read more...] about In a word: Girls – be careful!
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Co Noi Cafe is worth a closer look By My Tran in HCMC Co Noi Cafe lures passer-bys with its interesting architecture and promise of something special as it tempts you to take a closer look. Once you walk in you are met with the high rock walls under shades of old trees and lianas. Small rocks on the paths and small flower baskets add to your pleasure as you realize it was a good decision to venture further. The cafe has areas to satisfy a variety of guests. For nature lovers, the garden space is an ideal place to sip drinks in among the various kinds of ornamental trees and flowers where you can listen to the trickle of water gently dropping into the small pond. Next to the pond is a black piano which sits on a small stage and guests are encouraged to show off their talents with friends. On that very stage there is a Flamenco music show every Sunday. For couples who like a cozy space or businessmen after some privacy, the indoor area which is decorated with wooden walls, flower … [Read more...] about Co Noi Cafe is worth a closer look
Competition a good thing for Vietnam life insurance industry Serving as general director of Singapore-invested Great Eastern Life (Vietnam) as a newcomer to Vietnam's life insurance market, Andrew Yeo shares with the Daily his thoughts about the challenges and opportunities in the domestic life insurance industry in 2009, as well as the company's competition strategy in the long run. Excerpts follow. The Saigon Times Daily: Do you think now is the right time for Great Eastern to enter the life insurance market in Vietnam? - Andrew Yeo: Life insurance is a long term commitment, both from policyholders and life insurance companies. The decision to invest in Vietnam was not made overnight. The evaluation and analysis were rigorous and thorough before the decision was made. We have been here since 2004 and since then we have been actively involved in the development of the insurance industry with the authorities and the business community. As such, our commitment to our investment in … [Read more...] about Competition a good thing for Vietnam life insurance industry
Viet Nam's economy accelerated in the third quarter, expanding by 6.6 per cent year-on-year. This marks a sharp improvement from the 5.6 per cent growth rate registered last quarter, said a report on Asian economics conducted by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC). During the first half of the year, the economy lagged, in part due to widespread drought and declining agricultural output (which in turn further constrained rural consumption ). However, these supply-side disruptions have eased over the last few months, with production conditions normalising. Third quarter growth bounced back, although it will be a challenge to meet the government's full-year growth target of around 6.7 per cent. Manufacturing and exports continue to be the twin bright spots of the economy. The September PMI report points to further improvements in the manufacturing sector. Both internal and external demand accelerated during the month, as did output and employment. … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s economy takes a good shape
Barack Obama fielded questions Wednesday on everything from rap and weed smoking to his good looks at a lively meeting with young Vietnamese. Barack Obama fielded questions Wednesday on everything from rap and weed smoking to his good looks at a lively meeting with young Vietnamese. The US President, on the final leg of a three-day trip to Vietnam before flying to Japan, held one of his trademark town hall gatherings with hundreds of youngsters in the country's buzzing commercial and creative capital Ho Chi Minh City. The president received a huge cheer as he took to the stage. Suboi, one of the country's best known female rap artists, serenaded Obama with Vietnamese lyrics about whether people are really happy if they have lots of money. Seemingly delighted with the exchange, Obama praised the journey of hip-hop "which started out as an expression of poor African Americans" and became a "global phenomenon". "Imagine if at the time when rap was starting off our government had … [Read more...] about Young Vietnamese quiz Obama on rap, weed and good looks