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‘Global Guytalk’ encourages men to talk about things they rarely talk about

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A visitor seen at the ‘Global Guytalk’ exhibition at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum.

HÀ NỘI An exhibition aiming to encourage male engagement in the work for gender equal societies opened at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum yesterday.

Entitled Global Guytalk, the exhibition has been curated by the Swedish Institute to address the prevailing masculinity role and some of the obstacles for men speaking with other men about their feelings. 

The Swedish gender equality initiative “guy dinner” was established in 2016 and has since enjoyed great success. In cooperation with the Swedish Institute and the non-profit foundation Make Equal, the Embassy of Sweden in Hà Nội now introduces Global Guytalk in Việt Nam, aiming to start conversations between men that can influence attitudes and increase gender equality.

Swedish Ambassador Ann Måwe delivers a speech at the opening of ‘Global Guytalk’ exhibition in Hà Nội. Photos courtesy of Swedish Embassy

“In collaboration between Make Equal, the Swedish Institute “guy dinner” now goes international and becomes Global Guytalk. It is exciting to launch it in Việt Nam today. The aim is to give men the chance to participate in conversations about how norms and expectations form them, and how they can contribute to creating a more equal society,” said Swedish Ambassador Ann Måwe at the opening of the event.

“The overall objective of gender equality is a society in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities, rights, and obligations in all spheres of life. One part of achieving that is for men to understand their chance to be a part of positive change and to reflect on their own situation. My belief is that it is necessary for a healthy family relationship that men talk to each other and overcome prevailing patriarchal mentalities of not sharing emotions,” she said.

The Ambassador said that the Global Guytalk can be seen as a follow-up to the highly appreciated photo exhibition Swedish Dads by photographer Johan Bävman – shown in over 70 countries worldwide including Việt Nam.

“This inspired quite a few similar initiatives in Việt Nam during the last few years including the exhibitions Vietnamese Dads and Equal Families. With Global Guytalk we wish to build on the experiences from Swedish Dads – stepping up the work with men and boys in support of a gender equal society,” she said.

The first Global Guytalk in Việt Nam has been organised in cooperation with the Vietnamese Women’s Museum.

Director of the museum Nguyễn Hải Vân said: “Besides preserving and introducing the heritage of Vietnamese women to the public at home and abroad, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum is also aware of our mission in raising awareness and improving understanding of gender issues.

“This is reflected in exhibits that the museum has done to date, as well as events in collaboration with international organisations on gender multidimensional themes. The exhibition Global Guytalk is one such event,” Vân said.

The director said she was impressed by the content of the exhibition, because “there are not many forums for Vietnamese men to share their thoughts. And that shows us that equality sometimes does not come from the big thing, but it comes from harmony, listening to understand feelings, emotions and desires from both sides.”

Speaking at the event, Đặng Hoa Nam, Director-General of the Department of Children, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, a partner of Global Guytalk in Việt Nam, said that one factor identified as undermining men’s confidence to become involved in gender equality is the lack of positive male role models in society and the media.

“Fears that engaging men in gender equality strategies may hinder the empowerment of women may act as an additional obstacle. I believe we would only succeed through the participation of both women and men, to achieve equality in our society. I would like to call upon Vietnamese men to actively join Global Guytalk,” he said.

Global Guytalk opens to the public until March 15 on the ground floor of the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, 36 Lý Thường Kiệt Street.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/898488/global-guytalk-encourages-men-to-talk-about-things-they-rarely-talk-about.html

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Vietnamese families spend big on Christmas decorations

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Vietnamese families are spending hundreds of millions of dong to decorate their houses for Christmas.

Nguyen Thu Hang, the owner of a company on Tran Binh Trong Street in District 5 which specializes in designing and decorating high-end events, shared that customers have already began placing orders to have their houses decorated for Christmas, which is still several weeks away.

“Families typically begin decorating for Christmas shortly after Halloween ends,” Hang said.

“We get many orders this time of year, but we can only work on two or three houses a day.”

Hang’s team offers a wide range of Christmas packages for its customers, with each costing anywhere from VND40-100 million.

Premium packages, fetching from VND70-100 million, include decorating the garden, main door, living room, banquet table, and Christmas tree.

Less expensive options, fetching VND40-50 million, only include the Christmas tree, staircase, and main door.

It takes two to three days to decorate each house.

For big contracts, pine trees are often imported from Denmark and are decorated with unique handcrafted items.

“Customers want a warm and joyful Christmas atmosphere to spend with their family, children, and friends,” Hang said.

“Christmas is a common time for students who are studying abroad to return home for winter vacation, so many families want to decorate their house to welcome them.”

One such company on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street in Thu Duc City offers Christmas decoration packages for VND8-45 million.  

All customers need to do is send a picture of the space they want to be decorated and the company sends back decoration suggestions.

“It takes us only one day to decorate because we have a professional and experienced team,” said P., an employee of the decoration company.

“We can do several projects a day, so customers don’t have to wait long.”

(US$1 = VND24,390)

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Ho Chi Minh City reveals big plans for New Year, Tet celebrations

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports announced earlier this week a plan including 19 cultural and entertainment events to welcome 2023 and celebrate Vietnam’s Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

The first event is the ‘Ho Chi Minh City – Our Home’ festival, which will take place in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, on Le Loi Boulevard and at Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1 from Friday to Sunday.

This fest is expected to attract participants from 23 cities around the world that have established relationships with Ho Chi Minh City.

It will also feature the first trumpet music festival in the city.

The southern metropolis will also host the Ho Chi Minh City International Music Festival and the second hot air balloon festive day in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone and Thu Thiem 2 Bridge Park in Thu Duc City from December 8 to 11.

The city will welcome the 2023 New Year with a countdown event on the night of December 31 in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone and on Le Duan Boulevard.

At 0:00 on January 1, 2023, there will be a 15-minute high-altitude fireworks show near the entrance of the Saigon River Tunnel.

Ho Chi Minh City’s first hot air balloon festive day is organized to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day, September 2, 2022. Photo: Huu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City’s first hot air balloon festive day is organized to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day, September 2, 2022. Photo: Huu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Another major event celebrating Tet holiday, which will begin in the latter half of January, is the decoration of downtown streets and Nguyen Hue Flower Street, which is scheduled to open from 7:00 pm on January 19 to 9:00 pm on January 26 in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone.

The 2023 Lunar New Year’s book street festival will open at the same time on Mac Thi Buoi Street, Nguyen Hue Street, and Ngo Duc Ke Street.

Another 15-minute high-altitude fireworks show near the entrance of the Saigon River Tunnel is planned for 0:00 January 22, the first day of the 2023 Lunar New Year.

Other annual events such as the Spring Flower Festival and Tet flower markets are also scheduled.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports pledges to ensure public safety and vehicle parking convenience for visitors to these events.

Its plan is pending the approval of the municipal People’s Committee.

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Hanoians flock to Red River dyke for photos with white reeds

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The embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi has turned poetic recently when the reed flowers bloomed all at once, attracting many people to come and take pictures.

Located near Co Linh Street, just on the opposite side of Gia Lam Heliport, the dyke slope is easy to recognize as the white reed flowers, which are about knee high, stand out on a green background of grass and stretch across a large space.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

The scenery is poetic, idyllic like in the countryside and quickly emerges as an Instagrammable spot.

On weekends and even weekdays, the place is crowded as people flock to take pictures.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I saw many friends taking pictures at this beautiful reed field on Facebook, so I wanted to stop by to take some, too,” said Mai Anh, a girl who traveled for ten kilometers from Cau Giay District to the dyke on Monday afternoon.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I was quite surprised because today is the first day of the week, but the place is so crowded.”

The best time to take pictures with reeds is early morning and late afternoon, according to the visitors.

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

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