The peddler girl from Sa Pa who made it big

VNE – October 9, 2018 | 01:22 pm GMT+7

She was named by Forbes Vietnam as one of the 30 most influential under-thirty in the country.

Tan Thi Shu was born in 1986 in a poor H’Mong family in Sa Pa, a beautiful mountainous town in the northern province of Lao Cai.

Her family was in fact so poor it could only afford one meal a day. She started working at the age of 12, selling brocade fabric. A year later, like most of her peers, she became a peddler in Sa Pa.

Her mind was always teeming with unanswered questions: “Why are my parents so poor? Why am I different from the rest? Why can’t I go to school and have the same opportunities as others? Wherever I go, I can’t find anyone else who looks like me…”.

She recalls how self-conscious and miserable she felt when some children visiting Sa Pa made fun of her short stature and looks. Continue reading “The peddler girl from Sa Pa who made it big”


Chợ Rẫy Phnom Penh Hospital: a symbol of friendship between Việt Nam and Cambodia

Update: October, 08/2018 – 09:00

A patient is transferred to Chợ Rẫy Phnom Penh Hospital by helicopter. — VNA/VNS Photo

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Srey Phirum Khun, 45, used to spend 8 hours travelling from Cambodia’s Kampong Speu Province to HCM City in Việt Nam for health checkups and treatment. Today, she no longer faces the grueling journey thanks to the inauguration of the Chợ Rẫy Phnom Penh Hospital in January 2014.

“I no longer have to travel abroad for treatment. It helps save my money and time,” she said with a smile.

Khun was just one of many who have benefited from the joint cooperation between Việt Nam and Cambodia in the medical sector. Continue reading “Chợ Rẫy Phnom Penh Hospital: a symbol of friendship between Việt Nam and Cambodia”