Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
(CPV) - Eight well-known Vietnamese women artists in the contemporary art scene will present their new works with lacquer paintings, sculptures, installation and video art in an exhibition titled "A women's view". Opening from 9am to 7pm, the event will last from March 8-23 at Goethe Institute Hanoi, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Ba Dinh district. Women have been always active as artists but until now they are less represented and have less visibility in the still male-dominated art world-on an international level and also in Vietnam. Some works at the exhibition "A woman's view is meant to carve out space to celebrate and to examine the essence of the female spirit and the ways in which this spirit transmutes into art. This exhibition intends to honor women for who they are, what they do and how they view the world. Many of the artworks in this show are memory based - inspired by historical traditions, crafts and rituals and intimate familial musings", said the curator of this … [Read more...] about “A women’s view” exhibition in Hanoi
A two-day photo exhibition about single disabled women opened Thursday in Hanoi, online newspaper Dan Tri reported. The exhibition titled "Xuong Rong Van No Hoa" (Cactus Blooming) displayed more than 20 photos taken by both amateur and professional photographers in Hanoi. The photos reveal the hard lives of disabled single women who overcome their plight with their strong willpower. Each photo tells the true story of a woman in real life. It is the first event in a larger program of the same name jointly initiated by the Center of Women and Development (CWD) and the Action to the Community Development Center (ACDC). The project aims to raise funds to support single mothers with disabilities and their children. … [Read more...] about Photo exhibition about disabled single women opens in Hanoi
Some of the best things about Hanoi are the many museums that, along with its numerous pagodas, temples, communal houses, and other historical sites, make Hanoi a paradise for "culture vultures". I recently paid a visit to one of my favourite Hanoi museums, the Vietnam Women's Museum at 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street. I have been there many times during my four years in Hanoi and I think it is one of the best and most relevant museums in the city. The Museum is associated with the Vietnam Women's Union which, in my experience, is one of the outstanding organisations in Vietnam. I have had the honour to work with some of its members in other provinces and been very impressed by their energy, capability and commitment to improving the lives of people in Vietnam. When I first moved here in 2007, the Women's Museum was undergoing renovations so it comprised only one small room near the entry gate and a couple rooms upstairs for temporary exhibitions, yet those simple spaces contained … [Read more...] about Vietnam Women’s Museum
An exhibition entitled "Single mothers' voices" is due to open at the Vietnamese Women's Museum in Hanoi on March 7. The event is the result of cooperation between the Vietnamese Women's Museum and the Embassy of Finland in Vietnam. It aims to raise the economic and social status for a group of disadvantaged women. On display are more than 100 photos telling true stories about 18 women living with "one shoulder under two yokes" as they do the functions of both mother and father in spite of gender prejudices. They are all single mothers living in Tan Minh commune in Hanoi's outlying district of Soc Son. The exhibition shows the change in the community's perceptions and actions regarding the issue of single women on the way to achieving the goal of gender equality. The opening ceremony will take place at 3pm on March 7 at the Vietnamese Women's Museum, 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hanoi. … [Read more...] about “Single mothers’ voices” exhibition in Hanoi