In fact, she did not like anything relating to it. Over the past many years, she had not enjoyed Tet at all. On the Eve of the Lunar New Year, then its first, second and third days; even on the 15th, the most sacred day, according to the Buddhist circle, in the First Lunar Month, all meant nothing to her yet quite contrary to others. She just regarded them as common things as all the other workdays of the year. She felt neither excited, eager nor regretful because many household chores were left unfinished. She had to suffer such a boring existence to get a monthly salary of nearly four million dong over the past eight years in service. In her heart of hearts, she was afraid of human beings and of hypocritical colleagues who were, with lots of make-up, willing to stab her in the back when she was out. She remembered her mother's remark and advice as well, "Women are for the most part like poisonous snakes; they are the cause of all conflicts. As to you, you must do your utmost to keep … [Read more...] about Nhandan Newspaper – The apricot in brilliant bloom
Dreaming giving birth to a baby boy
Viet Nam News by Vũ Thị Huyền Trang Anyone who dropped by for a visit would ask, "How long has she been this way?" He didn't know what to say. He did not know when this strange illness had begun. She didn't feel any pain or fatigue, and though she'd been taken to countless doctors, no one had been able to say what was wrong, or point to the source of the illness. One female doctor had sighed after a general check-up and said: "If it is a sickness of the heart, then no medicine can cure it." The old woman smiled and told her husband, "You see, I'm not ill at all." Right, she wasn't ill. It was just that she sat morosely inside her room, staring hypnotically out the window. There were days when sunlight gingerly licked her feet, swollen badly because of arthritis. The sun cast its beams over her pepper-and-salt hair that seemed to glow with age. There were moments he saw her eyes burst into light then blow out instantly. The moment was as short as the life span of a firework. It … [Read more...] about Whenever you miss me, just call out my name…
Older mothers have higher Down’s syndrome risk (05-08-2005) by Hong Thuy Children with Down’s syndrome piece together a jigsaw puzzle at the Sao Mai Centre in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc HA NOI — When doctors informed Nguyen Hoai Huong that her newborn son had Down’s syndrome, she felt as though the ground had been pulled away from beneath her. "All I could do was cry, and keep asking the doctor what could be done," she recalls in tears. The mother of a single daughter at the age of 40, Huong was disappointed to have no son to continue the family line. Yet she would not have tried for a second child had her husband not pressured her. Guided by traditional beliefs, Huong followed a special diet and waited until an auspicious time before trying to conceive in the hope that she would thereby give birth to a boy. The couple’s dream was granted, but with a cruel twist. "God has punished me," she says, affirming her belief that her son was … [Read more...] about Older mothers have higher Down’s syndrome risk
Mauled baby gets fresh start in life (29-04-2008) by Thu Giang Two-year-old child Ho Thien Nhan. — VNS Photo Truong Vi HA NOI — Left for dead and mauled by wild animals, little Phung Thien Nhan’s early days were filled with tragedy. But today the two-year-old is enjoying a positive twist to his unhappy fate - and the promise of a new start in life. Shortly after giving birth Nhan’s poverty-stricken, 16-year-old mother abandoned him in a banana plantation in the central province of Quang Nam. When Nhan was found three days later, he was barely alive. His right leg, testicles and penis had been eaten by wild animals. Local monks named him Ho Thien Nhan, which means charity and goodness. That was two years ago. Today the infant is looking forward to a fresh start. Begin again The forebearer of Nhan’s fate is mother-of-two Mai Anh, who went to visit the baby last year. Mai Anh said she first heard about Nhan’s story on the TV in July 2006. Moved … [Read more...] about Mauled baby gets fresh start in life
Your say (22-08-2008) Will adoption bring orphans a better life? Last week, Viet Nam News raised the question of whether foreign adoption was a good thing for Vietnamese orphans. We asked readers to consider how adoption should be managed to avoid negative consequences for both the children and adoptive parents. Here are some opinions we received. Philippe Neyroud, Swiss, HCM City: According to the UN Child Rights Convention, signed by almost all the countries in the world, the interest of the child is the main point on which public policies must be focused. And it appears very clearly that some countries don’t have sufficient laws or structures to prevent private adoption, which may be child trafficking and this is unfortunately a reality that occurs every day. The best way to prevent child trafficking is to have laws that don’t allow private structures to propose children for adoption. It’s the State authority’s responsibility to protect children and to give … [Read more...] about Will adoption bring orphans a better life?