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Cuisine, Culture, and Chaos on the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam | Getting Stamped

Cuisine, Culture, and Chaos on the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam | Getting Stamped


Getting Stamped

Eating our way through the chaotic streets of Hanoi, Vietnam one street food dish at a time. Street food culture of Hanoi Vietnam.

Vietnam streets: Signs of the times

Vietnam streets: Signs of the times


GulfNews

Vietnam s road names change to suit its leaders

Coming home from Singapore with some medals

by admin @ Bia Crafted In Vietnam

Happy weekend indeed! We will be coming home from Singapore with some medals (see list below). Here’s our Brewmaster Alex at our booth with our winnings, check it out! Gold in Wheat beer for our Saison Gold in Flavored beer for our Passionfruit Silver in Strong beer for our Cyclo Stout with MAROU, Faiseurs de […]

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From The Roof of Indochine

by admin @ Bia Crafted In Vietnam

From The Roof of Indochine – with help from our friends at The Hill Station, you can now enjoy our Jasmine IPA in the breathtaking frontier town of Sapa in the Northwest! Proud to be bringing craft beer to new markets all over Vietnam! Từ Nóc nhà của Đông Dương- với sự giúp đỡ của […]

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Vietnam Tet Holidays 2018

by superuser @ Active Asia

Vietnam will celebrate Tet Holidays (Lunar New Year) from 14 February – 20 February 2018, with the actual New Year celebrated Friday 16 February 2018. To celebrate one of the most important public holidays of the year, locals return to their hometown to enjoy festivities with their family while the ...

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Graffiti booms in streets of Ho Chi Minh City as artists push back against censorship

Graffiti booms in streets of Ho Chi Minh City as artists push back against censorship


South China Morning Post

For many the spray can is a tool of rebellion in a country where artists must have their work approved before exhibitions, shows are routinely shut down, and works deemed controversial are replaced by a black X on gallery walls

Ho Chi Minh City Food Tours - Saigon Food Tours

Ho Chi Minh City Food Tours - Saigon Food Tours


Saigon Food Tours

Sample the world's best street food with a Saigon Street Eats food tour, run by an Australian-Vietnamese couple who are obsessed with Vietnamese food.

The Streets Of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

by Ubuntu Style @ Ubuntu Style

Ay yaj yai, what a city this is! It's the thousands of motorbikes, the pressing heat, the smells of the street food, the vendors that want to sell you anything of everything, the taxi drivers that ignore the red sign. Constant concentration is needed while walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

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Durian Beer

by admin @ Bia Crafted In Vietnam

Can you smell it!? That’s right, we did it. We made a durian beer. This one is truly unique with a potent aroma just like the fruit. We only have a few kegs so come and get it while it lasts!

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Things to do in Luang Prabang

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

With the entire old town of Luang Prabang designated as a UNESCO site, lots of beautiful old colonial French architecture has been immaculately preserved and...Read More

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Celebrate one year with us!

by admin @ Bia Crafted In Vietnam

Today is the day! Come celebrate one year with us at our brewery in Long An! We are all set up for a good ol’ fashioned shrimp boil with all the fixins to pair perfectly with any of the six beers that will be pouring! There will be corn hole, giant jenga, card games, beer […]

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Hải Đăng Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Hải Đăng is a simple, local, informal vegetarian restaurant in Saigon's Binh Thanh District. The sheer variety and freshness of vegetable dishes on offer (not just tofu and 'fake meat') sets it apart from other Vietnamese vegetarian eateries in the city.... Continue reading

Who’s got the best chocolate beer in the world?

by admin @ Bia Crafted In Vietnam

  Who’s got the best chocolate beer in the world? According to the World Beer Cup, the most prestigious beer competition in the world, we do! Our Imperial Chocolate Cyclo Stout took Gold in the Chocolate Beer Category! Congratulations to all of our brewers – Alex Violette, Dave Byrn, and Ryan Lemish! Keep pumping out […]

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Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them)

Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them)


Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

Vietnamese food is an insanely delicious cuisine. Here are 25 Vietnamese dishes you need to try, and restaurants to eat them in Saigon.

Eating Bánh Khọt in Vũng Tàu

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Bánh Khọt are delicious gems: crispy discs of rice flour batter & coconut milk, fried until they’re crunchy on the outside but moist on the inside, then wrapped in herbs & dipped in a sweet-spicy sauce. Here are 7 places to eat bánh khọt in Vũng Tàu... Continue reading

Oodles of Noodles - Planeterra

Oodles of Noodles - Planeterra


Planeterra

1Students Annually988Travellers Annually Oodles of Noodles Hoi An, Vietnam Critical Need There are an estimated 20,000 children living on the streets across Vietnam. And unfortunately, the divide between the rich and poor, ethnic minority and majority, and the urban and rural populations of Vietnam appear to be growing. This problem is intensified by the lack …

Things to do in Siem Reap besides temples

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

Templed out? We totally get you! There are tons of templed out tourists in Siem Reap and sometimes you just need a little something without...Read More

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5 Offbeat Experiences in Cebu

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

The island of Cebu and the cities and towns that lie within it are mostly known for their pristine beaches and diving spots, and for...Read More

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In Vietnam, Pho Is a Breakfast Tradition Changing With the Times

In Vietnam, Pho Is a Breakfast Tradition Changing With the Times


Eater

How a rustic soup reveals the culinary rhythms of a nation.

On The Frontier Of Beer In Vietnam

by admin @ Bia Crafted In Vietnam

Thank you Forbes for having us as one of Today’s Top Stories! The Craft Beer Revolution continues – come in and see what everyone’s talking about!

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Life is...

by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Brosowski) @ Street Kids in Vietnam

Looking for more stories of life on the streets of Vietnam?

Head over to my new blog - and be sure to subscribe!

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Training Underway at LinkAge Restaurant

by Rhea Simms @ Planeterra

Planeterra has been working hand-in-hand with Friends International to launch their first co-financed social enterprise restaurant in Burma/Myanmar. LinkAge Restaurant will help support at-risk former street youth find training in the tourism industry.  LinkAge will start hosting G Adventures' National Geographic Journey’s trips starting October. July was a busy month for the students at LinkAge, as […]

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Sapa-Y Ty Scenic Motorbike Loop

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Sapa's dramatic mountainous landscape continues north of town, via Y Ty Village, all the way to the Chinese border. Several small roads penetrate deep into steep, terraced valleys & climb high above ferocious rivers creating a scenic loop.... Continue reading

Streets & Eats of Hoi An - Vietnam

Streets & Eats of Hoi An - Vietnam


Vespa Adventures

Taste the flavours of Hoi An on this foodie adventure. Zoom through alleyways and lantern-lit streets on the back of a vintage Vespa scooter while stopping at 5 local restaurants & street food destinations.

Saving Hanoi's street children from abuse, hunger and self-destruction

Saving Hanoi's street children from abuse, hunger and self-destruction


the Guardian

Do Duy Vi, a former street child himself, now seeks out vulnerable young people in Vietnam’s capital, offering them shelter and hope

Rich Traditions Hue Countryside

by admin @ Vespa Adventures » Products

Rich traditions Hue countryside Discover the hidden charms of Hue. Kick off the day with a Vietnamese coffee or fresh...

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News Roundup: May 2015

by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Brosowski) @ Street Kids in Vietnam

An occasional roundup of news stories about the issues impacting kids in Vietnam and around the world.


In Vietnam

Man claims to be selling sperm in Vietnamese hospital as a cover to sell babies.

Vietnam strengthens its commit to fight human trafficking...

... at a time that trafficking appears to be on the rise.

Reports in English and Vietnamese on the issue of boys being sexually abused and the fear of an increase in sex tourism.


Across the region

Refugees being killed by traffickers as they cross the Bay of Bengal.

Nothing to see here.

300 men enslaved and held on an island in Indonesia.

Some thoughts on why South East Asia still struggles with slavery and trafficking.


Around the world

Wanting to work in international development? A new book details all the ins and outs - including a section quoting Blue Dragon's founder, Michael Brosowski.


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Vietnam: Dog’s Face Hacked With Machete

Vietnam: Dog’s Face Hacked With Machete

by MIchele Brown @ Fight Dog Meat

Vietnam: Dog’s Face Hacked With Machete A dog has been hacked in the head with a machete, slicing his face down the middle from his eye, down his snout and right through his nose. The dog wandered the streets for around five days, as infection set into the critical injury. We cannot begin to imagine […]

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The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you are following us on our YouTube Channel (and you should!) you probably would have watched all of our top 5 already. Our goal as always is to provide travelers with the best spots, according to us, for various Vietnamese street food or activities here...

Launching at The Bottle Shop in Hong Kong

by admin @ Bia Crafted In Vietnam

Launching at The Bottle Shop in Hong Kong tonight! If you know anyone over here send them our way!  

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: A Chaotic City of Colors and Contrasts

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: A Chaotic City of Colors and Contrasts


travelFREAK

Of all the places I've been, Ho Chi Minh is one that I always recall.

Saigon to Hanoi: A Food Diary

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

On a recent road trip between Saigon & Hanoi I made a record of some of the meals I ate along the way, to try and illustrate the variety of food available, and what a delight it is to eat your way from one end of the country to the other... Continue reading

Book Publishing Market Overview: Vietnam's Developing Readership

Book Publishing Market Overview: Vietnam's Developing Readership


Publishing Perspectives

Major bookselling initiatives, along with book fairs and campaigns to promote reading, are underway in Vietnam's developing book publishing market.

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide


Travel + Leisure

“An com chua?”If you’re going to understand Vietnam and the Vietnamese, this three-word phrase is key. A friendly greeting exchanged throughout the day, it poses a seemingly mundane question: “Have...

Vietnam – Street Photography Hanoi | Matthew Littlewood

Vietnam – Street Photography Hanoi | Matthew Littlewood


Matthew Littlewood

Street Photography – Hanoi Wandering the streets on Hanoi is a wild adventure for all of the senses. The streets boom with noise and motion at all times. You’re never to far from someone overloading a motorbike with any manner …

Things to do in Siem Reap

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

Introducing the 20 unique things to do in Siem Reap! From the temples to meaningful travel experiences worth a shot, the Backstreet Academy Team brings...Read More

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Liberia: Stop All Forms Of Violence To Animals

Liberia: Stop All Forms Of Violence To Animals

by MIchele Brown @ Fight Dog Meat

Liberia: Stop All Forms Of Violence To Animals Youth in Liberia took to the streets and chanted for the end of all forms of violence against animals. School children are receiving education about responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of livestock animals through the efforts of Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society (LAWCS.) In 2017 […]

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Streets of Vietnam

Streets of Vietnam


Chuck Bradley Photographer

One must have a holiday and of course carry a camera.

8 Things You Should Know Before You Go To Vietnam

8 Things You Should Know Before You Go To Vietnam


AWOL

We've done the research so you don't have to.

5 Best Beaches in Cebu

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

Unknown to most, Cebu is a province consisting of 167 island and islets with Cebu being the main island with Cebu City as its capital....Read More

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Cuisine, Culture, and Chaos on the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam | Getting Stamped

Cuisine, Culture, and Chaos on the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam | Getting Stamped


Getting Stamped

Eating our way through the chaotic streets of Hanoi, Vietnam one street food dish at a time. Street food culture of Hanoi Vietnam.

Top 10 Nightlife Experiences in Ho Chi Minh - Best Places to Go at Night in Saigon

Top 10 Nightlife Experiences in Ho Chi Minh - Best Places to Go at Night in Saigon


vietnam-guide.com

Nightlife in Ho Chi Minh means very different things depending where you are in the city. Downtown in District 1, rooftop bars, high rolling casinos and smooth jazz bands are the choice forms of nightlife entertainment in Saigon. But move a few kilmoetres west into District 3 and

The Coast Road: Saigon to Hoi An & Beyond

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Thanks to new coastal roads, it's now possible to ride from Saigon to Hoi An, and beyond to Dong Hoi, following the coast all the way & avoiding the busy main artery of Highway 1 for the vast majority of the route. This is a salty, sunny, sandy & scenic road trip.... Continue reading

Bãi Rạng Beach, Quy Nhon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A small crescent of toast-gold sand lined with coconut palms & casuarina trees, Bãi Rạng Beach is squeezed between two rocky bluffs, 15km south of Quy Nhon. It's still a local, working beach & remains undeveloped.... Continue reading

3-Days of Ceremony, The Balinese New Year

by Ubuntu Style @ Ubuntu Style

Bali, the island of the Gods. We arrived at this beautiful place about 7 weeks ago. The moment you enter this island, you feel there's something 'in the air', it's a mystic feeling, an energy vibe, however you wanna name it. For sure it feels great to be here. This small Hindu Island in Indonesia is known by its friendly people, rich culture and interesting traditions. When you are in Bali, even if it's just for a few days, for sure you'll experience one of the many ceremonies. While walking on the street or riding you motorbike, the changes of getting stuck between a ceremony parade is big. Last week, we were even more lucky and joined the celebrations of the Balinese New Year. Three days full of ceremonies. Starting with Melasti, than an Ogo-Ogo parade and at last a full day of being in silence.

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Vietnam

Vietnam


TripSavvy

Experience the spectacular beauty of Halong Bay, explore the colonial streets of Hoi An, or hunt down the best bowl of pho for breakfast in Hanoi. From brilliant beaches and rice paddies to important memories of the Vietnam War, this country pleases holidaymakers and history buffs alike.

Liberty Central Hotel, Nha Trang

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Liberty Central Nha Trang is a contemporary, stylish, high-rise hotel just a block from the beach. Featuring elegant, minimalist decor, extraordinary sea views, rooftop bar & its own section of beach, Liberty Central is a solid place to stay in Nha Trang.... Continue reading

Top 5 Children Activities in Saigon, Vietnam!

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

We’re quite proud to say that we had our tours customers aged from 1 to 95 years old, and they all enjoyed it! Though parents are often quite scared to let their children on a motorbike in busy Saigon, we believe that is also a...

News Roundup: July-August 2015

by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Brosowski) @ Street Kids in Vietnam

An occasional roundup of news stories impacting kids in Vietnam and around the world.


Local News

The Vietnamese government takes aim at child labour in a new program.

Access to higher education in Vietnam remains a messy affair according to some families.




Across the region

The Philippines government commences a crackdown on the production of child pornography.

A joint Vietnamese-Cambodian operation results in the capture of traffickers (it can be done!).

Progress on trafficking in Cambodia - or maybe not?



Around the world

A provocative take on whether we are sincere in our opposition to slavery - worth a read.

The Guardian examines progress made by the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

A critique of the claim that less people in our world suffer from hunger.

The UK announces a new initiative putting the onus on big companies to end the use of child labour in their supply chains.

... and the US State Department's annual TIP Report is here.


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It's the end of the blog as we know it: 1/2

by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Brosowski) @ Street Kids in Vietnam

It's time to bring the Street Kids blog to an end.

I've been writing here for almost 10 years - this started in November 2005. That's a long time to be blogging, and it's also a long time to be reading!

Over these 10 years the nature of the blog has shifted gradually as Blue Dragon's work has developed and changed. In the last year or so I have found it difficult to keep on writing, and so at last I am bringing the blog to a close.

But first...

Before signing off, I want to finish with some thoughts on what Blue Dragon has achieved for Vietnam's street kids, as well as for the young people who have been trafficked and exploited. I'd also like to add my thoughts on how Vietnam has changed over the past decade; and so I will indulge in a two-part finale to say farewell.

Back in 2005, Blue Dragon was a young organisation finding its way. We started as a few friends wanting to help the street kids of Hanoi, and without having any rulebook on what to do or where to start, we simply did what we could see needed to be done. We met the kids on the streets, and helped them to return to their families or live in shelters and go to school.

After all these years, that part of our work hasn't changed. We have staff out on the city streets every night now, working in a team that is lead by a young man who happens to be one of the first street kids I met back in 2002.

The core of Blue Dragon continues to be caring for the children we meet every day. Although we have grown over the years, we have never 'outgrown' the fundamental heart of who we are.

Sadly, however, the context in which we live and work has changed. Hanoi's street kids face serious threats from paedophiles who target the lakes and parks where homeless children tend to congregate. In just one week of this month we met 4 boys who had been sexually abused while homeless. It's an outrageous situation.

I have written about this in several blog posts over the past year or so. What's hard to capture in words is the heartbreak of this terrible abuse. Over and over we have met kids who feel utterly worthless and see no future for themselves; some have chosen to remain in the cycle of abuse, submitting to the paedophile rings every night and then dulling the pain with methamphetamines and online games all day. The kids say to us that they hate the abuse, they hate the abusers, but they can see no other way of life. They refuse to believe in themselves, and they have given up.

But there is still reason for hope. While many kids, aged 13 and up, are trapped in these rings, many more have escaped. At the Blue Dragon centre we have a few teenage boys who we thought we could never help. They came to us for help, then left to return to the paedophile rings, then came back to us and then left again... And miraculously - because I don't know how else to describe it - they have come in to us, and stayed.

For some it has taken months before a spark of life has appeared in their eyes, but when it comes it is unstoppable. The great thing about the Blue Dragon centre is that when you meet the kids here, you have no idea what any of them have been through or where they have come from. They are just happy, cheeky, lively kids and teenagers who want to play and sing and dance like anyone else in the world.

And again, there is more reason for hope. Vietnam is developing, and so is people's understanding of children. Even just a year ago, this issue of boys being sexually exploited was completely unknown. Now it's all over the media, and the police are taking action.

Several people have been arrested and charged with 'indecency against minors', because the law still doesn't recognise that males can be victims of sexual abuse; but that is changing too. I continue to hope that the criminal code of the law will be revised later this year to include boys and men as potential victims.

Without that law in place, Vietnamese police have a tough time prosecuting paedophiles who abuse boys, but it is happening. Even a foreign man has been arrested and is awaiting trial: see the article here. So protection is slowly evolving, and with a review of the law there should be much more powerful intervention from the police and authorities to keep all kids safe.

My deep regret is that even once the law has changed and Vietnam's street kids are substantially safer from abuse, there will always be those children we could not help. There are teens and young adults selling themselves on the streets of the city who I have cared for, eaten meals with, and shared laughter and tears with; but who are now so entangled in the world of sexual abuse that it's unlikely they will ever recover. No matter how good things get from here, there will always be that painful sorrow.


Next week's post will be my final blog entry. Come back next Saturday for a final story from the streets of Vietnam.


www.bluedragon.org


Taking it to the streets, then and now : Speak Easy : The Vietnam War : Lifestyle : WHYY

Taking it to the streets, then and now : Speak Easy : The Vietnam War : Lifestyle : WHYY


WHYY

This story is part of a WHYY series examining how the United States, four decades later, is still processing the Vietnam War. To learn more about the topic, watch Ken Burns and Lynn Novicks’ 10-part documentary “The Vietnam War” running Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. through Thursday, Sept. 28, on WHYY-TV.

Safe / not safe

by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Brosowski) @ Street Kids in Vietnam

After 3 weeks on the road in Australia, it's great to be back in Vietnam, back at home, and catching up with everyone and everything.

One of those 'things' that I have been catching up: the last few episodes of The Walking Dead.

For those who don't watch the show (seriously? There are people who don't watch TWD!?), our rugged band of zombie apocalypse survivors has been lurching from disaster to disaster, losing friends and sustaining plenty of damage along the way. But now they have made it to the safest and most peaceful place they have yet been: Alexandria.

They have high walls to keep them safe; electricity; dinner parties; cookies; rocking chairs on porches.

And it's driving them all insane.

Never in all 5 seasons of the show have they been this safe, and yet they are now divided against each other and acting completely irrationally.

Any psychologist would quickly put a label on this: PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder.

I, meantime, am watching this and thinking how much it all reminds me of many kids here at Blue Dragon.

When we first meet children, they are normally in the midst of a crisis. They might be locked into a brothel in China; or caught up in a pedophile ring in Hanoi; or trapped in a sweatshop in Ho Chi Minh City.

They may have been in this situation for weeks, or months, or years. They may have survived by adapting to a violent and hostile environment, or by learning to manipulate people around them as a defence mechanism. They may have become violent themselves.

When they finally can escape their crisis, that doesn't mean everything is fine now. Just because they are in a safe place doesn't automatically mean their problems are over.

At Blue Dragon, we see young people deal with their trauma in many different ways, and we are extremely fortunate to have two outstanding Vietnamese Psychologists working with us. Just recently I wrote about the incredible resilience we see in the young people we encounter; but of course not all of the Blue Dragon kids make quick recoveries.

For the kids we meet who have been through particularly tough times, such as sexual abuse, it's normal to see them struggle for up to a year: they'll stay with Blue Dragon for a while, then regress and go back to the streets before coming in again. Sometimes they repeat this several times before calming down.

Going back to school is particularly hard for many. Sitting in a room with strangers who have never been through the same life experiences; listening to a teacher who knows nothing of the horrors they have faced; learning about subjects that seem so abstract and useless against the recurring nightmares.

Anyone who has suffered through ongoing trauma can have a whole range of symptoms of stress that live on with them long after the crisis is over. A scent or sound can bring back a forgotten moment of terror. An innocent question or comment can result in sudden anger. Often there is no rhyme or reason to the way they will react to their new surrounds.

Healing is a process that needs time, professional help, and care. And then some more time.

Leaving behind the crisis is not the end of trauma. The scars to be dealt with are often invisible, but they are real.

As The Walking Dead reminds us, getting to a safe place is only the start of healing; the journey to real safety goes on much longer.

www.bluedragon.org

Things to do in Yogyakarta

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

Borobudur Sunrise Photo Credit : satunusanews.com  Take a look at the greatness of the 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple, see the beautiful sunrise from the...Read More

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The Craft Beer Revolution in Vietnam just keeps rolling!

by admin @ Bia Crafted In Vietnam

The Craft Beer Revolution in Vietnam just keeps rolling! Awesome to catch up with Food & Wine Magazine and talk about the emerging craft scene here! _____________________________________________________ Cuộc cách mạng về bia thủ công ở Việt Nam vẫn đang tiếp tục! Thật tuyệt vời khi được gặp mặt với tạp chí Food & Wine và […]

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How to cross the street in Vietnam and not die

How to cross the street in Vietnam and not die


Business Insider

Crossing the street can be an intense experience in Vietnam.

Devious

by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Brosowski) @ Street Kids in Vietnam

When "Hien" was trafficked in early June, her family in central Vietnam was devastated.

Aged 19, Hien fell into a trap set by another young woman who took her across the border of China with promises of a good job, but instead sold her to a brothel.

Hien's mother had no idea what to do; she reported the case to the police, but with no knowledge of where Hien might be, there was little they could do.

Just 2 weeks later, the trafficker rang Hien's family with an offer: for a payment of 15 million Dong (about $750 USD), Hien would be returned to her family.

Hien's mother immediately set off to the north with all the money she could find and borrow. She believed that this was her one chance to get Hien home.

Before reaching the border, Hien's mother rang a relative who happened to be a journalist who has worked with Blue Dragon on the issue of human trafficking in the past. The relative encouraged her to contact us, and once we were in contact we were able to investigate quickly.

It became clear to us that the trafficker had no intention of returning Hien; instead, she would take the money and lure the mother into another trap, to be sold as a bride to a Chinese husband.

Working with both Vietnamese and Chinese police, we caught the trafficker in the act of receiving the money and then trying to trap Hien's mother. It was a dramatic afternoon, but with a good result: Hien's mother was safe, and the trafficker was in handcuffs.

But where was Hien?

The trafficker quickly confessed to everything and told what she knew of Hien's location. The Chinese police immediately began a search, but it was 3 days before she could be found. They were 3 very tense days, particularly for Hien's family. However, the police located her and got her out of the brothel that had enslaved her.

Hien is now back in Vietnam, with the horrific ordeal behind her but a long road to recovery ahead. Blue Dragon's Psychologist has already started working with her, and the Legal team has helped her to give statements to the police.

Hien's rescue, and that of her mother, has ended well; but this story could have had a disastrous ending, had the mother fallen into the trafficker's devious trap.


www.bluedragon.org

Children of Viet Nam - Humanium • We make children's rights happen

Children of Viet Nam - Humanium • We make children's rights happen


Humanium • We make children's rights happen

Vietnam: natural disasters resulting in inequalities in access to services. Children are forced to work, prostitute and be stateless.

17 Street-Food Snacks You Have to Try in Vietnam | SUITCASE Magazine

17 Street-Food Snacks You Have to Try in Vietnam | SUITCASE Magazine


SUITCASE Magazine

From the south’s frenetic Ho Chi Minh City to the urban maze of Hanoi in the north, the streets of Vietnam are paved with snacks. These are our favourites.

What can be done

by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Brosowski) @ Street Kids in Vietnam

Just a month ago, I wrote about my own sense of despair in some of the situations that Blue Dragon faces with street kids in Vietnam: in particular, the aggressive pedophile rings that are targeting homeless boys in the cities.

The last couple of weeks, though, have been greatly encouraging.

Our success in several significant rescues is a terrific sign that it's all worthwhile. First we brought back a 16 year old boy from a 'massage parlour'; then we stopped 4 buses taking a total of 56 ethnic minority people to be sold into slavery across the border; and then we rescued a 7 year old girl who had been kidnapped - the first time we have come across such a case.

In each of these cases, the traffickers have been identified and arrested. That translates to a whole lot of future trafficking victims who are now safe.

I'm in Australia at the moment, here to attend several important events including a trivia night in Sydney and a major function in Melbourne organised by Roll'd, the Vietnamese food chain. Both of these events - and another coming up in Brisbane on Friday March 27 - are to raise money for Blue Dragon's work in Vietnam. The Roll'd event last week had the specific goal of funding the construction of a boarding home in remote Dien Bien province, so that rural ethnic minority kids have somewhere to live while they study and don't have to drop out of school. (Roll'd will be raising more money for this at their outlets during May - stay tuned!)

All of this helps me to remember that, as terrible as things can be, there is always hope. It would be easy to feel overwhelmed by all the trafficking cases in Vietnam and around the region: in reality, there is so much human trafficking that nobody has any idea of how widespread the problem is.

But the events of these past few weeks serve as a reminder of what can be done. We don't have to sit back and accept these terrible events and situations. There really is something we can do, if only we make the effort.

www.bluedragon.org

Vietnam: 50 Vietnamese Police Arrest A Dog Thief Gang

Vietnam: 50 Vietnamese Police Arrest A Dog Thief Gang

by MIchele Brown @ Fight Dog Meat

Vietnam: 50 Vietnamese Police Arrest A Dog Thief Gang 50 policemen in Ha Tinh arrested a gang of dog thieves who confessed to stealing hundreds of dogs from local communities, slaughtering them and selling them as dog meat. During the raid police seized 12 live dogs in small cages and dozens of slaughtered dogs. They […]

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7 Great Streets for Street Food in Saigon

7 Great Streets for Street Food in Saigon


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The long haul

by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Brosowski) @ Street Kids in Vietnam

Blue Dragon works from a centre in Hanoi, where most of our team is based. A few years ago we also established a centre in central Vietnam to support the several hundred kids and families we help there in the fight against human trafficking.

But our work takes us far and wide throughout the country. Not a day goes by that we're not out on the road, often in isolated and remote areas, reuniting a homeless child with their family or investigating a case of missing children.

Over the past week, we've been working on a case that has been even more extreme than usual. The Rescue Team been travelling through central China, more than 2000km from the border of Vietnam, to find a trafficked 13 year old girl, "Quy". As the case isn't yet over, we can't share too many details, but this has been an urgent and tense case with quite a lot at stake.

Quy is safe now, but of course deeply traumatised by what's happened and desperate to get home. She was evidently taken and sold as a bride, but the information is not yet totally clear and I'm sure we'll know more later in the week. For now, all that matters is that she is on the way back to Vietnam.

The Blue Dragon Rescue Team has been in contact with Quy via text messaging for several weeks, but the case was brought to a head about a week ago and Quy needed to escape her situation. She ended up in a police station, where she has been until today.

It will be a few more days until Quy is back to Vietnam, and some more days still before she sees her family again. Once she's OK, we know of another 13 year old girl trafficked into China who needs our help, so the team may be back on the road even before the week is out.

To some it may seem like a lot of effort to help just one child. Apart from the fact that our rescues also result in trafficking rings being arrested - and thereby prevent future trafficking from taking place - I have to say that travelling a 4000km round trip to save a child's life is a worthy mission in itself. None of us would hesitate if it was our own child.

Rescue work is a long haul, both chronologically and geographically. When the moment comes that Quy is back in the arms of her mother and father, there will be no question that this has been worthwhile.

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Children on Street

by Saurabh Kumar @ Humanium • We make children's rights happen

General Comment No.21 (2017) The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has developed a General Comment on children in street situations. This is a monumental development at the highest level that will influence policy and practice at international, national and local levels. Children in street situations suffer multiple violations of their rights; they […]

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Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Just a couple hours' drive from Saigon, Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa has improved it's facilities and aesthetics in recent years: it's now a lush, relaxing and satisfying retreat from the city.... Continue reading

Bustling foreigner street in Saigon

Bustling foreigner street in Saigon


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Known as a foreigners’ street, Bui  Vien is located in Ho Chi Minh City’s central district 1. As the city’s second walking street besides Nguyen Hue, lovely and tidy Bui Vien offers convenient services for tourists.

It's the end of the blog as we know it: 2/2

by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Brosowski) @ Street Kids in Vietnam

After making the world wait for this final blog (I forgot the password to log in - seriously...), here it is. The end of my 10 year blog. (And yes, I know that after 10 years of blogging I should be able to remember the password).

At the time I started blogging, Blue Dragon was mostly working with kids on the streets of Hanoi. We still do so, but by the end of 2005 we were starting to also get involved with kids who had been trafficked.

The initial issue that we faced was boys and girls trafficked within Vietnam to work on the streets as flower sellers. We brought those trafficking rings to a halt fairly quickly but found that children were also being trafficked into garment sweatshops. This is still a problem today, but on a much smaller scale and I am confident that we are close to seeing the end of child trafficking into garment factories in Vietnam. There are just a few people holding out, a few small business owners who think it's worth the risk, but their time really is limited now. When we know of any factory with child slaves, we will be there with the police to shut them down.

This aspect of our work then evolved into rescuing girls and young women who have been trafficked into China. I never thought we would do that; in fact, after our first rescue in 2007, we vowed to never do it again. But we've now rescued about 150 girls and women who have been trafficked from Vienam into brothels and forced marriages in China. The rescues are complicated and sometimes dangerous, but massively rewarding and impactful. Not only is a woman set free, but traffickers are arrested and families reunited. They really are life-changing operations.

As a charity dealing with a few very different social issues, it can be difficult to sum up all that we do. A look through our Facebook and Twitter accounts tells you that we sometimes have international rescues, art classes for kids with disabilities, self-help groups for parents, and house building projects all happening at the same time. This is quite different to the 'single issue' charities which might deal exclusively with, say, water projects or disability advocacy.

So what's the thread pulling all this together?

The issues may seem very different, but all that we do is aimed at getting kids out of crisis, and then providing the long-term after-care that they need. I am passionate about this. This is not just about issues: this is about people.

Our world has more problems than anyone can count, and we tend to look to politics or the economy or the media to either place the blame or find a solution. They all may have a part, but in the end people are both the problem and the solution. Do we want a better world? Then we need to be better people, and get alongside other people to make the change.

In the 12 or so years that Blue Dragon has been working, we've met thousands of kids and impacted thousands more. Some of those kids have had a life changing experience with us: there are teens we have met locked into brothels, or trapped within pedophile rings, or living with gangs on the street, but who are now free and living a great life. There are also those we have met but who have drifted away or chosen to leave. I can't say we have been successful with everyone, but I can say that we have tried our best every time.

The blog is ending, but Blue Dragon is not! Keep following the website and social media; and if in future the inspiration to write again returns, I will open a new blog for sure. Thank you to those who have taken the time to make contact and leave comments; let's keep working together for the street kids of Vietnam,

www.bluedragon.org

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News Roundup: June-July 2015

by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Brosowski) @ Street Kids in Vietnam

An occasional roundup of news stories about the issues impacting kids in Vietnam and around the world. 


Local news

UNICEF discusses the ongoing need to help children in Vietnam, beyond the Millenium Development Goals.

Children are being recruited for "Vocational Training" only to be used as slave labour.

Many families in Vietnam believe that sending children to work is more useful than sending them to school.


Across the region

Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia announce a crack-down on human trafficking.

Cambodia continues to take a strong stand against child sex tourism.

The disparity between male and female births in China is driving the trafficking of women from other countries.


International

The UK continues to be a major destination for children trafficked by crime gangs.

A bleak view of the impact the Trans-Pacific Partnership will have on slavery.

Nepal worries about a potential rise in human trafficking following the recent earthquakes.

Vegetarian Street Food in Vietnam - Charlie on Travel

Vegetarian Street Food in Vietnam - Charlie on Travel


Charlie on Travel

Yes, there is vegetarian street food in Vietnam! What to know what vegetarian street food in Vietnam is like? My favourite was definitely the sticky rice.

8 Best Cafes and Coffee in Chiang Mai

by Jamon @ Backstreet Academy

Chiang Mai is a chill-out jewel of the North, with a manageable population, enough space to go around and a great many interesting things to...Read More

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Vietnam: Dog Meat Dog Bound In Chains

by MIchele Brown @ Fight Dog Meat

Vietnam: Dog Meat Dog Bound In Chains This dog would be in pain. He’s wrapped tightly in heavy chain with his mouth bound tightly shut. His front legs are wrenched backward and tied across his spine! This maneuver is incredibly cruel and inhumane. In another step of cruelty the wrenched front legs are used as […]

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The Streets Of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Ubuntu Style

The Streets Of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Ubuntu Style


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Ay yaj yai, what a city this is! It's the thousands of motorbikes, the pressing heat, the smells of the street food, the vendors that want to sell you anything of everything, the taxi drivers that ignore the red sign. Constant concentration is needed while walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

The Backstreet Guide to the 5 best bars in Yogyakarta (jogja)

by admin @ Backstreet Academy

Yogyakarta, for all its deep cultural links to Javanese traditions, its close ties to the Sultanate and a large Muslim population has somewhat of a controlled bar scene....Read More

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Streets & Eats of Hue

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This is an all you can eat & free flow drink tour, so come with an appetite!

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The Ancient Town Hoi An, Vietnam

by Ubuntu Style @ Ubuntu Style

Hoi An is a town that is packed with picturesque historical homes, pagodas and street-side cafes. Perfect to spend time by the river, watch the sunset, stroll through the old town, and drink some inexpensive beers. It's a perfect place for shopping custom tailored outfits and craftsmanship items. But even if you don’t want to shop, Hoi An can be a relaxing destination too. After all, a day at the beach is only a 15-minute bicycle-ride out of town.

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5 Best restaurants in Siem Reap

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To serve the millions that flock to see the Angkor Wat, culinary prowess in Siem Reap has taken to new heights. Just as you will...Read More

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Street children in Mexico City: a structural problem

by Olivier @ Humanium • We make children's rights happen

On May 3rd, 2017, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) presented its 2016 Annual Report, in which it stated that one third of the population of Mexico are children and teenagers, 21 million of whom live in poverty (UNICEF, 2017). According to this Report, it is worth reflecting on the situation of street children in […]

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9 Best Vietnamese Street Food Experiences - Backstreet Academy

9 Best Vietnamese Street Food Experiences - Backstreet Academy


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Wherever in Vietnam you go, you should definitely try out these 9 Best Vietnamese street food experiences. We promise you won't regret it.

Whatever you do, don't stop: How to cross the road in Vietnam

Whatever you do, don't stop: How to cross the road in Vietnam


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Crossing a street in Vietnam requires a clear head and nerves of steel.

News Roundup: March 2015

by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Brosowski) @ Street Kids in Vietnam

An occasional roundup of news stories about the issues impacting kids in Vietnam and around the world. This month, slavery has received significant media attention.

- Babies are advertised for sale online in China...


- ... and a film maker reflects on his own experience of human trafficking there.

- The rescue of a Vietnamese woman trafficked to China is described in this report.

- A British crackdown on human trafficking leads to the discovery of young Vietnamese women trafficked into beauty parlours.

- The Modern Slavery Bill is close to being passed as law in the UK.

- Cambodia continues to struggle with trafficking for forced labour and the sex trade.

- The Economist takes a look at slavery in supply chains.

- And this article explores the use of slavery in the fishing industry.

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Vietnam’s jam-packed streets are about to get worse

Vietnam’s jam-packed streets are about to get worse


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Cheaper cars would be good for consumers, bad for commuters.

Spending Christmas in Saigon, Vietnam

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

Christmas is nearly a month away, and can be trully a magical time in Vietnam (minus the snow). If you decided to spend our favorite holiday in the South of Vietnam, make sure to check out our video on what Xmas is really like like...

Vietnam: Dogs Seized From Saigon Streets

Vietnam: Dogs Seized From Saigon Streets


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Vietnam: Dogs Seized From Saigon Streets Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon has begun seizing dogs from the streets. There is no government facility to house large numbers of dogs in Saigon and no animal protection laws in Vietnam. Seized dogs will be killed after 72 hours: "executed…

Top 5 Seafood dishes to try in Vietnam

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

We always recommend travelers in Vietnam to definitely try what the locals call “ốc”, which literally means “snails”, though its meaning is actually going out and enjoying seafood, including crabs, shrimps, oyster and yes, snails. However these ốc restaurants usually have only a 5 to 10...

Feel like a complete local in Cebu – things to do in Cebu

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

If you’ve searched for things to do in Cebu, chances are that any other lists you would have come across would leave you wanting more...Read More

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The best breakfasts in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you’re like us and got the Vietnamese habit of waking up with the sun and a cup of cà phê sữa đá, you probably have already your favorite Phở or Bánh Mì joint that will help you start the day in ease. For most...

Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Covering nearly 200km of completely empty beach, coastal back-roads lead from the old imperial capital of Hue to the beach city of Dong Hoi. Scattered with thousands of traditional-style tombs, this coastal region is rarely explored by foreign visitors... Continue reading

Lasenta Boutique Hotel, Hoi An

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A comfortable & aesthetically pleasing synthesis of the exotic & the familiar, the modern & the traditional, and Asian & European elements, Lasenta Boutique Hotel is yet another addition to Hoi An's list of excellent value, mid-range accommodation... Continue reading

News Roundup: May-June 2015

by noreply@blogger.com (Michael Brosowski) @ Street Kids in Vietnam

An occasional roundup of news stories about the issues impacting kids in Vietnam and around the world.


The trafficking of Vietnamese kids to the UK grabs the headlines in both countries.

The Guardian - and in video

Tuoi Tre News


Yours truly talks to ITV about the growth in bride trafficking to China.


Vietnamese police bring down a ring trafficking Vietnamese people to China.


And the Vietnamese media has been reporting extensively on the pedophile rings targeting boys in Hanoi.

Some background info here in an earlier blog post.

In Vietnamese, a selection of recent articles:

Nhan Dan Newspaper

Cong An Nhan Dan Online

An Ninh Thu Do

Phap Luat So



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Supporters fill streets to celebrate Vietnam's AFC U23 semi feat - Tuoi Tre News

Supporters fill streets to celebrate Vietnam's AFC U23 semi feat - Tuoi Tre News


Tuoi Tre News

Thousands of supporters flooded streets in celebration of Vietnam’s defeating Iraq in a sensational quarterfinal game at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship

Vietnam's Facebook dissidents test the limits of Communist state

Vietnam's Facebook dissidents test the limits of Communist state


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"This isn't like China," says Vietnamese activist 'Anh Chi' at a noisy bar off one of the narrow streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter. "They can't shut Facebook down here."

The Best Lunch Foods in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

What to eat for Lunch in Ho Chi Minh City a.k.a Saigon? Entering the world of Vietnamese food can be a daunting task for a beginner out there on their own. What is it? Where is it? Is it the best? These are the questions...

[Vietnam] of busy streets and great food - Living in Another Language

[Vietnam] of busy streets and great food - Living in Another Language


Living in Another Language

Where to begin. Vietnam is indescribable; which is most likely true for any other country a person visits that is not like their own. How can I communicate the general essence of the Vietnamese life to those who can only understand by seeing? Derik and I went on this vacation not knowing what to expect. …

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