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Province builds on successes in family planning

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am




Province builds on successes in family planning


QĐND – Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Nguyen Manh Thao of the northern province of Hoa Binh is happy that he has two daughters.

This is somewhat surprising in Vietnam with its strong patriarchal and Confucianist traditions where families desire to have a son to tend to the family altar, to continue the family lineage and so on.

It is not important whether it is a daughter or a son, Thao said, adding that to have the right conditions to raise them comfortably and ensure a happy life for them is far more important.

Thao, therefore, did not pressurise his wife to give him a son and a third child for the family, another not-too-uncommon practice in the country when the first two children are daughters.

Like his elder brother, Nguyen Manh Hung has no particular preference, and does not say anything to his wife about needing a son. The couple did not adopt any method or measure, western or traditional, to try and influence the baby’s gender, another frequently chosen option by many others.

His first child is a girl and the second, a boy. After giving birth to the second child, his wife chose to use the IUD (intrauterine device) sterilisation method, Hung said.

“Two children are enough and I can afford to secure their future based on my financial situation,” he added.

Thao and Hung’s parents worked very hard to raise their five children, and they often advised their offspring to have only one or two children in order to raise them well.

Nguyen Thi Nga, a family planning worker at Cham Mat Ward in Hoa Binh City , said the number of families having three children in the ward has reduced in recent years.

“The awareness of residents about the advantages of having a smaller family has improved,” Nga added.

Unlike earlier, when many families did not want to meet and listen to her about sterilisation, a large number of women are now voluntarily asking for advice on sterilisation methods, she said.

Only 10 of 1,750 households in the ward have a third child.

Nguyen Huy Lam, head of the city’s Centre for Population and Family Planning, said in 2008, the third child accounted for nearly three in every 100 births. This dropped to two in 2009 and is expected to remain the same this year, he said.

This is the result of awareness campaigns as well as the implementation of many activities like the establishment of a club for families without the third child in Cham Mat ward, he added.

However, Lam said he is concerned that in Hoa Binh City , more than 50 percent of the third-born children were from well-off families.

Nguyen Thi Nguyet of Cham Mat ward has a son and a daughter, but wants another one despite the advice of family planning workers.

Her family is doing well, so raising one more child is not difficult, she said.

Tran Phuong Hoa, Cham Mat ward’s family planning co-ordinator, said some families want to have many children because they thought it will make them happier and will have more people to take care of them when they are old.

In Vietnam , especially in rural and mountainous areas, there are no homes for senior people, and many people are afraid that there will be nobody to take care of them if they have only one or two children.

In particular, some families think that daughters cannot take care of them when they are old because daughters usually live at their husband’s house and take care of his parents.

So families with two daughters often want to have one son, Hoa said.

Cao Phong district in the province has many well-off families with more than two children and is among districts with the highest gender imbalance.

The province has a third child rate of 7.7 per cent, according to Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong, deputy head of the provincial Statistic Department, with most of them being boys.

The use of methods to choose a baby’s gender before conceiving is popular among the provincial population.

It has contributed to the gender imbalance in Hoa Binh province, which ranks among the top ten provinces in the country in this regard, according to the provincial Statistics Department.

The province will change the content and objectives of its awareness campaigns and also introduce stricter punitive measures as it strives to reduce its gender imbalance and contribute to stable development of the nation’s population, Lam said.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Schools must emphasize family values, foreign languages: Deputy PM

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:18 am

The educational sector should more focus on educating students in civic morality, including family values, and schools should Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said.

9th graders at Pham Dinh Ho Secondary High School of District 6 taking in a mathematics lesson. (Photo: SGGP)

He made the instruction at a national conference themed “Stepping up educational management and improving educational quality,” held July 29 to review the 2009-2010 academic year for pre-schools, high schools and vocational schools.


Mr. Nhan asked the sector to take steps to enhance the educational quality to increase the number of high achieving students.


Schools should create learning environments that are more effective and friendly so that students can study better.


To this end, norms of knowledge and skills must be revamped and advanced teaching methods must be applied.


High schools should include family values in their curriculum to help students improve their awareness and thereby develop their sense of responsibility, respect and love for their families.


Students in general should be equipped with knowledge and skills necessary for international integration. For this purpose, schools should pay more attention to teaching foreign languages and computer science to their students.


In the 2010-2011 school year, the education sector will, for the first time, apply a new foreign language teaching program for students of grade 3 upward, Mr. Nhan said, adding that the move is the first step of a 10-year program to improve the teaching of foreign languages in schools nationwide.


Therefore, big cities and provinces should take the initiative in implementing this program, he said.

Source: SGGP

Family artist members shine in special cai luong show

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

Cai luong’s lovers will have chance to enjoy a special program of the Southern traditional music performed by five generations of famous actors and actresses of the Minh To troupe.

Cai luong veteran actress Bach Le (L) and People’s Artist Thanh Tong. (Photo: Sggp)

The program titled, “Gin vang giu ngoc” (Keeping valuable treasure of traditional music), introduces two well-known cai luong classical plays to audiences: Cau tho yen ngua and Dieu Tam Xuan bao phu cuu (Dieu Tam Xuan takes a revenge of her husband) or Tram Trinh An (Beheading military general Trinh An).


Onstage, veteran couples Thanh Bach and Bach Le, Dien Thanh and Bach Luu, People’s Artist Thanh Tong, Truong Son, Thanh Loan, Bach Long, dramatic actor Thanh Loc and young actresses Tu Suong, Trinh Trinh and Que Tran will perform.


The Minh To troupe is regarded as a cai luong family with many talents, who always have done their best to restore and preserve the family tradition.


Director Vu Minh, who has a great love for cai luong, persuaded the Minh To Troupe to organize a special program to commemorate the traditional career of their family. Thanh Bach and Bach Le from France and Dien Thanh and Bach Luu from Australia were planning to visit their mother, the artist Huynh Mai, in Ho Chi Minh City, making the show possible. 


It is also a chance for family members to gather onstage.


The cai luong show will take place at Ben Thanh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City from July 23 to 25 and 30 to 31.

Source: SGGP

RoK’s President sends condolences to family of killed Vietnamese bride

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm


Complying with the instruction of the Republic of Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak, Korean Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Park Suk Hwan visited and conveyed the president’s most sincere condolences to the family of a Vietnamese woman who was killed by her Korean husband, in Can Tho City on July 20.

Vietnamese bride Thach Thi Hoang Ngoc and her Korean husband

The ambassador reported that the RoK’s President regretted not being able to express his deepest sympathy to the family directly.


The President also asked relevant department investigate the situation in order to prevent such cases from happening again.


The ambassador donated an undisclosed sum of money from President Lee Myung-bak’s Fund for Social Support to Ngoc’s family.



 


Related article:
Another Vietnamese woman killed by Korean husband

Source: SGGP

Buddhist family camp held in the south

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm




Buddhist family camp held in the south


QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

A Buddhist family camp called “Chanh Tri Camp” is taking place in Long Quang Pagoda in the Mekong delta city Can Tho city from July 15-17, drawing the participation of over 700 Buddhist followers from southeast and southwest provinces.


This is a key activity to serve a seminar entitled “Vietnamese Buddhists’ role in the period of integration and national development”, which is also being held by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Can Tho city at the same time.


The camp offers a good chance for southern Buddhists to exchange experiences in developing Buddhist families in localities in accordance with Buddhism’s principles and State law.


During the three-day camp there are various activities, including art performances, exchanges, games, contests on Buddhist dogmas and an exhibition of handicraft products made by Buddhist teenagers.


Three seminars have also been held, focusing on southern Buddhist families in the integration period, the formation of Buddhist families in provinces and cities and how to stabilise and develop Buddhist teenagers in the future.


Formed over 60 years ago, the Buddhist Family Camp movement has developed strongly in central provinces like Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue.


In the south, after national reunification, the movement has still been maintained in several localities, including Ho Chi Minh City, Kien Giang, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh and Bac Lieu.


Source: VNA


Photo: giadinhphattu


Source: QDND

RoK FM offers sympathy to killed bride’s family

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm




RoK FM offers sympathy to killed bride’s family


QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea (RoK), Yu Myung-hwan, has offered regards and condolences to the family of a Vietnamese bride who was stabbed to death by her Korean husband.


Thach Thi Hoang Ngoc, 20, from the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho was killed by her allegedly mentally ill husband, 47-year-old Jang, in the southern port city of Busan on July 8, just a few days after she arrived in the RoK.


Yu extended his condolences to Ngoc’s family during a meeting with the Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK, Tran Trong Toan, in Seoul on July 16.


The Minister said he was grieved at the death of Ngoc and was regretful about the heart-breaking affair.


The RoK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade sent the Deputy Director of the South Asia and the Pacific Department to Busan to work with local authorities to deal with the case right after it occurred.


Yu said the RoK government will examine laws and regulations and take necessary measures to closely monitor the operations of foreigner-related marriage brokerage companies in order to prevent similar affairs.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will also strengthen measures to ensure that foreign brides lead happy and harmonious lives in families in the RoK, he said.


On this occasion, the Minister asked the Vietnamese Embassy to transfer more than 8,200 USD contributed by the ministry’s staff and their family members to the family of the bride.


Also on July 16, RoK parliamentarian Han Sun-kyo arrived in Ho Chi Minh City to offer sympathy to the family of Ngoc, whose ashes were brought back to the city by her parents a day earlier.


Han told reporters that the affair as well as previous cases related to the lives of Vietnamese brides aroused public opinion in the RoK. He also expressed his regret at the death of Ngoc.


The association of RoK people in HCM City and the Tae Quang Vina Co. also extended condolences and handed over 5,000 USD and 20,000 USD, respectively, to support the victim’s family.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vietnam Family Day celebrated nationwide

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:24 am




Vietnam Family Day celebrated nationwide


QĐND – Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

Cultural and art programmes were held nationwide on June 28 to promote the family-oriented tradition in celebrations of Vietnam Family Day.


The capital city of Hanoi was colourful and cheerful during a festival on Hanoi family culture, where sports competitions, photo exhibitions on family and flower-arranging contests attracted public crowds. In the spotlight was a conference honouring successful and happy families.


The nation’s largest economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City organised many activities on June 27 with the participation of thousands of families, one of which was to set up a Vietnam Guinness by piecing 20,000 coins together into a symbol of “Family-backbone of happiness”.


The whole proceeds of the mosaic symbol auction will be earmarked for the construction of homes for poor families.


The southeastern region has joined the nation by holding the first family culture festival in Bien Hoa city, Dong Nai province. As many as 54 exemplary families coming from all the five regional provinces shared experiences in taking care of their families and children.


June 28 is annually celebrated as Vietnam Family Day after the Prime Minister signed up a decision in May, 2001. The decision aims to uphold the important role played by the family and family values in developing human characters.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam Family Day makes nation happy

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm




Vietnam Family Day makes nation happy


QĐND – Monday, June 28, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Cultural and art programmes were held nationwide in celebrations of the Vietnam Family Day on June 28 to promote the family-oriented tradition.


The capital city of Hanoi was colourful and cheerful during a festival on Hanoi family culture, where sports competitions, photo exhibitions on family and flower-arranging contests attracted public crowds. Remarkable was a conference honouring successful and happy families.


The festival was the coordination of action among numerous agencies, from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Vietnam Elderly Association.


The nation’s largest economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City also made the day festive on June 27 with the participation of thousands of families. It culminated in a festivity to piece 20,000 coins together into a symbol of “Family-backbone of happiness”, setting up a Vietnam Guinness.


The whole proceeds of the mosaic symbol auction will be earmarked for the construction of homes for poor families.


The southeastern region has joined the nation by holding the first family culture festival in Bien Hoa city, Dong Nai province. As many as 54 exemplary families coming from all the five regional provinces shared experiences in taking care of their families and children.


June 28 is celebrated as the Vietnam Family Day annually after the Prime Minister signed up a decision in May, 2001. The decision aims to uphold the important role played by the family and family values in developing human characters.


Source: VNA
Photo: bee.net.vn


Source: QDND

Special talk on “betel and areca culture” marks Vietnamese Family Day

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

A special talk on “betel and areca culture” presented by Professor-Doctor Tran Ngoc Them was held at the Southern Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City on June 25 to celebrate Vietnamese Family Day (June 28).

Teacher Phan Thi Thu Nguyet (C) instructed people how to arrange a “betel and areca tray” as part of wedding rites and worshipping ancestors.  (Photo: Sggp)

The popular custom of betel chewing is considered a long-standing aspect of traditional Vietnamese culture.

The habit of betel chewing includes three elements: betel and areca nuts, plus dehydrated lime.  The process is the source that inspired ancient people to compose the “Legend of betel and areca”- that highlights conjugal affection and brotherhood.

A dish of betel and areca nuts is always prepared for special ceremonies, especially Lunar New Year and weddings.

At festivals or parties, betel and areca nuts are arranged in a special way called tem trau canh phuong (betel nuts are made to look like the wings of a phoenix) which is a symbol of solemnity, skill and culture.

Traditionally, Vietnamese people usually invite their guests to chew betel before starting a conversation. This explains thoroughly the saying known to everyone: “A quid of betel and areca-nut starts the ball rolling.”

Professor Doctor Tran Ngoc Them said that the number of people chewing betel in rural areas is greater than in cities. Although life has modernized, the custom of betel chewing maintains an important role in the lives of Vietnamese people.

Teacher Phan Thi Thu Nguyet of the HCMC Women’s Cultural House instructed young people how to arrange a “betel and areca tray” as part of wedding rites and worshipping ancestors.

Source: SGGP

Power of family and commonality love

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Ms. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh, a propagandist of the anti-HIV/AIDS struggle of the Woman’s Union of Co Giang Ward in District 1, HCMC, who was a harlot 16 years ago, has been successful in overcoming many difficulties and bad situations in order to make a better life for herself.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh (L) propagandizes for people effective methods to lessen the rates sexual transmitted diseases and drug use. (Photo : Sggp)

She took the wrong path for several years, until being arrested and ending up in prison.


After being released prison, Hanh thought that her life was at an impasse with nowhere to go. But her mother gave her a hand raising her daughter. Members of the Woman’s Union of Co Giang Ward visited Hanh regularly and took her to social works, making an incessant effort to help her overcome the complexes and stigmas associated with prostitution, allowing her to fall in line with the community.


“I rebuild my life and my future day by day. Living is still very difficult but I am so joyful to make my mother happy,” Hanh said.


She provides free condoms and propagandizes for harlots and people effective methods to lessen the rates sexual transmitted diseases and drug use in parks 23/9 (September 23rd), Le Van Tam, Tao Dan and Le Duan, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai streets, Thi Nghe Bridge and Tu Du Maternity Hospital. She also takes prostitutes to preventive medicine centers for tests.


Hanh cannot remember how many women that she has helped out of life on the street.


Hanh has transferred her enthusiasm for social work to her daughter and son-in-law. The mother and married couple work in District 1’s Preventive Medicine Centers.


Hanh now lives with her son, 10, and paralyzed old mother in District 2. Although her living conditions are difficult, she always feels happy and optimistic.


“The work helps me recognize the truth of a significant and strong life. I am proud of telling my contributions to my little son. Love of my mother and sisters of the Woman’s Union of Co Giang Ward made revived me,” Hanh said.

Source: SGGP