She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
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LOVING CARE: Nguyễn Xuân Thuỷ poses with one of his favourite items - a Vietnamese cassette player. VNS Photo Thuý Hằng by Thúy Hằng Many people go crazy for cutting-edge audio-visual devices to keep up with the latest trends, but there are others who remain loyal to the old days. In a spacious two-storey house in Hà Nội belonging to ghetto blaster enthusiast Nguyễn Xuân Thủy, it’s hard to find a place to sit because every room is taken up by his favourite devices. Cassette players can be found everywhere, and even the 49-year-old's bed is covered in old equipment. The story goes back three years, when feeling nostalgic, he decided to buy a cassette player similar to the one his parents bought after saving up for a year. “In 1990, cassette players were considered luxury items. The one my parents gave me was worth two taels of gold. At that time, two … [Read more...] about For the love of old cassettes
Infrastructure Lawmakers still disagree over investor selection for Long Thanh airport By Ngoc Lan Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019,19:38 (GMT+7) Lawmakers still disagree over investor selection for Long Thanh airportBy Ngoc Lan Deputy Hoang Van Cuong, vice principal of the Hanoi-based National Economics University – PHOTO: VGP HANOI – The Government suggested the State-owned Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) serve as the principal investor of the Long Thanh International Airport project in the southern province of Dong Nai, but many National Assembly deputies have objected to the investor selection. Legislators offered feedback on a number of criteria in the feasibility report of the big-ticket project at a session during the ongoing sitting of the lawmaking body today, November 12. Deputy Hoang Van Cuong, vice principal of the Hanoi-based National Economics University, suggested ACV may execute the project ahead … [Read more...] about Lawmakers still disagree over investor selection for Long Thanh airport
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and President of Germany’s Hessen State Parliament Boris Rhein (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam always considers Germany an important partner, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan told President of Germany’s Hessen State Parliament Boris Rhein during a reception in Hanoi on November 12. Ngan said the Vietnamese NA always advocates strengthening ties between Vietnam and Germany, as well as between the two legislatures. She said Vietnam highly appreciates ties with German states, including Hessen, describing the ties as a new and effective model of cooperative relations that needs to be stepped up in the near future. Lauding the position and strength of Hessen state – one of the leading economic, financial and education hubs in Germany and Europe, she said there remains room for both sides to propel ties more effectively. Vietnam welcomes Hessen investment in fields of the … [Read more...] about NA leader: Vietnam considers Germany an important partner
The event was chaired by Minister of National Defense General Ngo Xuan Lich and attended by Chief of the General Department of Politics General Luong Cuong, Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Organization Mai Van Chinh, and defense leaders, among others. Delivering opening remarks, General Lich affirmed the importance of the conference and urged delegates to focus their attention on embracing all of the contents of the documents from higher levels, especially the new requirements for the coming Party congresses. General Lich also requested participants to actively discuss and point out difficulties and recommend approaches for the CMC Standing Committee to ensure the success of the congresses. General Ngo Xuan Lich addresses the event. He added that the Party congresses at all levels should clarify the firm political stance and development of the Vietnam People’s Army under the leadership of the Party as well as the … [Read more...] about CMC’s meeting clarifies documents on directives on Party congresses