Interview: hiMe printed the book of her story as a Refugee — Blookup Blog

Summer is light and joyful, but many things can happen under the sun. Some are less light, but are also essential to know, essential to History and Memory. It might take a while, but things do get lighter and sunnier when you begin to write them down. hiMe, from the blog A Refugee’s Journey, shares all that…

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The Vietnamese Communist Customs officer collects the VND$100,000 slipped beneath the papers.

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Video the moments a Vietnamese Customs officer keeps an overseas Vietnamese standing in wait at Tân Sơn Nhất airport’s passport counter until she bribes him to leave. This doesn’t happen to Westerners.

Customs officer at Vietnam airport caught in bribery scandal ( JULY 6, 2016

A customs officer at Da Nang International Airport has been reassigned pending an internal investigation after a woman posted a complaint on Facebook accusing him of soliciting bribes.

The Vietnamese woman, a university teacher, said in the Facebook post on Tuesday that she arrived in Da Nang the previous night from the United States, and the officer found six bottles of supplements in her luggage.

He said the bottles were subjected to taxes but she could simply give him some “money for a drink,” according to the post. She gave him a VND200,000 bill and the officer asked for “another bill” for his colleague.

On departure, Customs officers at Vietnam airports often harass overseas Vietnamese by telling them to open their luggages to be examined. The incidents often led to the passengers missing their flights unless the victims bribe the officers.

Pham Duy Nhat, director of the customs department at the airport told Thanh Nien Wednesday that the officer, who is not identified, has been removed from the luggage check unit. He said he will look into security footage before imposing necessary punishment.

According to Vietnam’s customs regulations, luggage brought from overseas are subject to taxes only when exceeding personal use limits.

Using the excuse to check on luggages from arrival flights, Customs officers open luggages and steal goods from inside.

Video where the Customs officer calling people in an authoritarian voice “Eh, that guy!” (at point 1:18) and collects bribes (at point 2:53).

Video Vietnamese Customs officers wanted to forfeit “undeclared” $5,000 USD from overseas Vietnamese.

Three customs officers in Ho Chi Minh City and a southern province have been arrested for taking VND514 million (US$24,200) in bribes from smugglers.( 11/6/2014)

They are Nguyen Tien Loc, 52, a goods inspector at the Customs Sub-department at Saigon Port; Le Ha, 56, an officer at the sub-department; and Nguyen Thanh Lam, 45, a customs officer at the Tinh Bien Border gate in An Giang.

In relation to the case, police in HCM City also arrested Huynh Dung Tan, 52, former head of shop 36 (now the Binh Dong Branch) of the Saigon Industrial Foodstuffs Joint Stock Company, for appropriating property by swindling and giving bribes.

These four defendants have been found involved in a transnational smuggling ring to appropriate the VAT refund.

The ring set up companies abroad and these companies tried to sign bogus contracts with Vietnam-based exporters to form false files of exported goods that were eligible for VAT reimbursement.

For example, Saigon Industrial Foodstuffs Joint Stock Company showed on its customs declaration that it exported Caravel “A” cigarettes, but in fact the exported goods were rice husks and vermicelli, investigators said.

Using similar methods, from February 2011 to November 2012, Saigon Industrial Foodstuffs Joint Stock Company signed 69 false contracts nominally worth over VND890 billion ($41.91 million), and the amount of VAT refunded for these contracts was VND80 billion ($3.76 million).

In the same period, the company also signed 17 bogus contracts to export goods worth VND716.5 billion ($33.74 million), to two companies in Cambodia.

The company then submitted five false files of exported goods to the HCM City Tax Department to get VND92.6 billion ($4.36 million) worth of VAT reimbursement.

The fraud was carried out successfully with the help of the above three customs officers, who carried out steps for the exported goods to clear customs.

In return, these officers received at least VND514 million from the smuggling company, investigators said.

Video in which money is openly handed to Customs officers.

Video in which an official receives money at a restaurant for his extortion over a business owner.

Police receives money for falsely fining a driver.

Money to police to escape a “correct or incorrect” fine.

Money to police.

The video of a police receiving bribes.

Video of brawl between Chinese tourists and Vietnamese Customs officers when the tourists were asked to give extra money to the officers.

Business as usual: Bribery remains a way of life in Vietnam by An Dien, Thanh Nien News ( Thursday, April 16, 2015)

Several days ahead of Tet, Vietnam’s Lunar New Year holiday, the owner of two Hanoi hotels received a not-so-nice surprise from a state agency. That organization had sent her a list of 35 public servants she was to hand “lucky money” — a symbolic gesture purported to bring the recipients good fortune in the new year. In the past, she’d received requests from other government agencies for money to cover their employees’ vacations.

“That was corruption,” said Le Dang Doanh, a veteran Vietnamese economist who related to the hotelier’s ordeal during a conference held last month.

A number of independent studies have confirmed that the practice of giving and receiving bribes is so common in Vietnam that it is understood to be a routine part of doing business. To make matters worse, two recent national surveys confirmed the problem is getting worse.

On Thursday, the Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) 2014 reported a significant jump in the prevalence of bribe-paying across the board. Last year, 66 percent of the survey’s 9,859 participating Vietnamese firms said they usually pay extra informal charges to facilitate business activities. During the previous year, 41 percent of the survey’s respondents said they did so.
On Tuesday, the Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) 2014 confirmed that about one fourth (24 per cent) of its citizen respondents reported paying “informal charges” for their land use right certificate. About 12 percent reported having to pay a bribe for hospital services, while almost one third (30 per cent) of respondents with children in primary school said they’d been illicitly solicited by educators.

These numbers have all increased since 2012, where 17 per cent had to pay a bribe for land use right certificates, 10 per cent for hospital services and 12 per cent for primary education.
Apparently, the findings came as no surprise for all.

“I do think it does reflect [the situation]. If you talk to people on the street, they’ll all talk about the same thing,” Edmund Malesky, PCI’s lead researcher, told Thanh Nien News.

    From top to bottom

In what was apparently an unprecedented move, in 2005 Le Kha Phieu, Vietnam’s Communist Party chief from 1997 until 2001, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that “corruption permeates the whole network from top to bottom and bottom to top.”

“I say frankly that there were people who came to see me to offer me money — 5,000 or 10,000 dollars — no small amount,” Phieu was quoted by the newspaper as saying at that time.

Also in 2005, when the first Provincial Competitiveness Index was launched, the Communist Party commissioned an unprecedented survey that confirmed nearly a third of government employees in Vietnam admitted they would take a bribe, if one were offered.

In the same year, the National Assembly – the national legislature – passed Vietnam’s first anti-corruption law. Ever since, the country’s top leaders have repeatedly pledged to launch no-holds-barred crackdown on corruption – to little effect.

In 2014, Vietnam ranked 119th out of 175 countries in the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perceptions, 126th on the World Bank’s Control of Corruption Index, and 74th on the International Country Risk’s Guide corruption rankings.

“The government and the Party have announced their intentions to deal with these problems but implementation has been patchy and slow,” a foreign diplomat told Thanh Nien News on condition of anonymity ‘They are naïve’.

Many analysts blame the entrenched practice of giving and receiving bribes on Vietnam’s failure to complete the market reforms that began in the late 1980s. They say there is still too much state control over the economy, which allows connected insiders to profit.

“Since the rewards to obtaining permission for such thing as land use, starting of companies, foreign direct investment is higher, more are willing to pay bribes to obtain such permission,” said Dennis McCornac, a professor of economics at Loyola University in Baltimore (Maryland).

There has been growing call for Vietnam to amend laws to overhaul its business climate in a bid to curb corruption. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has repeatedly called for further reform of Vietnam’s business climate after acknowledging that red tape has continued to hinder the country’s development.
Meanwhile, analysts say that large-scale corruption (e.g. kickbacks on procurement contracts or sweetheart land deals) has only increased over time in Vietnam since there are more projects and those in high places have more power.

Anders Hjorth Agerskov, a Work Bank official, said at a workshop last January that
Vietnam is 2nd on the list of World Bank clients against whom there are corruption complaints, with the transport, information communication and technology, and water sectors being the biggest offenders. With 189 complaints, Vietnam is behind only India with 308.

IELTS fraud uncovered in Australia – Many people will try anything to have permanent resident PR in Australia, even illegally purchasing a fake IELTS certificate by Bích Ngọc – Published onTuesday, September 29, 2015 (

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is used to assess the English language proficiency of people who want to study or migrant to a country where English is used as the language of communication.

It is easy to buy an IELTS certificate these days as long as you have money.

The site advertises selling IELTS certificates.

Prices for fake IELTS certificates

How does the IELTS test result plays an important role in migration visa application along with ages, skill assessment and other conditions?

Ms. Ha Nguyen, manager of a migration agent and study abroad consulting office named “Australia Connect Group”, told SBS that it is advantageous for a visa applicant to get a high IELTS.

“To achieve the minimum of 65 points in the visa points test system, the applicant needs to have a good IELTS test result, a suitable age and the skill assessment certificate. An IELTS result of 7.0 is worth 10 points and an IELTS result of 8.0 can get the applicant 20 points.”

“We can see that the advantage is massive. If the applicant can achieve IELTS result of 8.0, they can have nearly one-third of the required points. The difference between achieving 7.0 and 8.0 can be the key to success”.

Anyone experienced in training and sitting for IELTS test knows that 7.0 is the desired score and that it is really hard to get.

“This is a real challenge even for some people who complete their master or bachelor in Australia. Not many people can do it,” Ms. Ha claimed.

However, nowadays if you has just $5000, you can buy the desired IELTS scores.

Ms L is currently working for a migrant agent that has offices in Australia and Vietnam. This agency offers fake IELTS for people who want to go Australia under the skilled migrant program.

Ms L (name is changed) claimed that the starting price is $12,000 for score of 6.5 and $2,000 extra for each point on top of that. We changed Ms L voice to protect her identity.

“We charge customers from $5000-$12,000. Our partner confirmed that with this price, clients’ IELTS scores and their profile will appear on IELTS global system. For an IELTS result of over 6.5, the fee is going to be higher than $12,000”.

“Vietnamese people could pay anything to become Australia permanent residents. They aim for skilled migration first and then spouse or partner visa. However, the spouse visa application process is getting more and more complex and easy to be rejected so that they try to fit themselves as skilled migrant for PR purpose”, Ms L shared with us.

She also informed us that her company is only “a middle man” between applicant and the fake IELTS maker who ensures that the applicant will have a real result in the IELTS result system and that is available to check online as the genuine one.

However, this illegal act does not always success. There are many cases where money is spent without results. By the time the client realizes, they cannot find the seller.

“Some of our partners cannot be trusted, they just promise. We do not have any contracts and signature. They can break the deal, rip off the customers. We experienced that in the past”.

This employee named L. emphasized there is a high demand of purchasing IELTS certificates in the Vietnamese community.

“There’s a very high demand! Clients do not want to study English. They just want to have an IELTS certificate as soon as possible”.

Ms. Ha confirmed that some students and PR applicants came to her office with high IELTS results that did not match their real English skill level.

“Some clients were talking to me and I realised that their English was not that good. I asked some of them and they said that they took the tests in Vietnam and it was easier back there. For example, the IELTS result report showed 7.0 overall but I could guess that their real score cannot be more than 6.0”.

Nearly 2 years ago, thousands of Indian students and labours arriving in Australia with fake documents that were uncovered.

The Department of Immigration’s report and ABC’s investigation showed unimaginable violation has been helping thousands of students and skilled workers to get to Australia under the 457 visa by using fake documents. (*)

A spokesman of the Department said that the Ministry have known about this case and recognised that there are scammers who try to bypass the laws and principles of the immigration department.

This is a warning for those who want to find an illegal way to stay in Australia at any cost.

“First, you have to spend a large amount of money, without any guarantee of successful. Secondly, if the Department of Immigration discovers the scam, you will be banned to apply for any visa for 3 years, and you will be deported from Australia”, Ms. Ha Nguyen said.

“With a bad record in the Department of Immigration’s system, I do not think it is likely you can apply again for another visa after 3 year. This is a fraud, dishonesty and unacceptable quackery”.

We are extremely surprised about the reason that students give us for using this service. Her voice is changed.

“Don’t waste time on study. Instead of spending money on education, save money and time by buying a fake certificate. The fake IELTS result report is made so carefully and delicately that even a normal IELTS teacher could not tell the difference.” A student told SBS.

A person who used the service said that all communication is via email and the test result form was posted to the user’s address. There was no meeting in person or talking directly via phone call.

There are many websites which are offering this kind of service. They post some test result report photos with eye catching advertisements. One of them is This website claims that they are located in the United Kingdom and ensures that they will keep their clients’ identities a secret.

The website advertises 2 types of package, basic and comprehensive package. The comprehensive package offers real result on the official IELTS system and it is available to check online all over the world.

“If you cannot afford the comprehensive package, you can go for basic one. We always recommend that you should choose the comprehensive one if you will use it for important application. Otherwise, basic package is enough for normal use”.

Diplomas, Transcripts & Certificates – Sellin’ Like Hotcakes! by Mark A. Ashwill – An International Educator in Vietnam – 02/08/2013 (

Get ’em while they last! (The only limit is the one your bank imposes on you…)

Boost Your Job! (Just pray your current or prospective employee doesn’t check on the authenticity of your spanking new – and very fake – sheepskin. Degree verification services, anyone?)

Get Your Degree! Why earn one when you can buy one! Take advantage of our 25% discount! Hell, we even sell “Ged Diplomas”! You want a transcript! Look no further! We’ve got ’em for just $300. (That’s 1/5 of Vietnam’s annual per capita income in 2012, by the way.)

Degree Price Sales 25%

Ged Diploma 799$ 599$

Associate Degree 1199$ 899$

Bachelor’s Degree. 1199$ 899$

Master’s Degree. 1499$ 1124$

Ph.D Degree. 1499$ 1124$

This is what it’s all about!

Memo to the Realdegree Company: A 2-year degree should be cheaper than a four-year degree. Less time=less value. (A company called Realdegree Company selling fake credentials. Isn’t that what’s called an oxymoron?, defined as “a combination of contradictory or incongruous words, e.g., cruel kindness. “Peace is war. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength,” 1984.)

Degrees, transcripts and certificates as commodities – literally. This Google website, created on 15 June 2013, bills itself as a Canadian company but the domain is registered to HHH in HCMC. Maybe Vietnamese-Canadian or a Vietnamese national in cooperation with a V-C or Canadian associates aka partners in dishonor? (Check one of your friendly domain name lookup sites if you want to find out HHH’s address, phone number and email address. I want to keep you in the game, dear reader!)

Like Mike Sestak’s visa scam, this fake credential company is definitely a short-term endeavor. Make as much as you can in as short a time as possible before you have to pull the plug. Ride the wave! Nailing these companies is sometimes a bit like playing Whac-A-Mole. (If you’re weren’t around or of age in the 1970s or ’80s, google it.) Like faux institutions of higher education, most have more lives than a cat. Speaking of cats, dispensing with them on the Internet can be a bit of a cat-and-mouse game.

Don’t know English and need it for a job? No problem! You can buy an IELTS certificate. The higher the score, the higher the price! (Duh!) A 5.0 will cost you $600 while a 8.0 will set you back $1200. (Ouch!) Q: What happens when a prospective employer asks you a question in English and you can’t string two coherent sentences together? (Double ouch!)

Drum roll… Below is the top 20 List of University, College, Institute All Over the World. Check it out for a good laugh and/or cry. (Can I buy a spelling cerrtifacate, too?) Memo to Triple H & Company. You know this gig won’t last forever so enjoy it while you can.



A doctor receives a money envelope from relatives of the patient.

Video of a doctor receiving multiple envelopes with money in them when she instructed the relatives of the patient to give different one to anaesthetist, surgeon,…

The Vietnamese Communist Customs officer collects the VND$100,000 slipped beneath the papers.

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Chinese Opera actresses put on make-up before a performance.

Chinese Opera actresses put on make-up before a performance.

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CHOLON 1955 - La Rue des Marins - Đồng Khánh street. The book "CHOLON" was written by Jean-Michel de Kermadec with pictures from Raymond Cauchetier. It was printed in December 1955 by "'Imprimerie Française d'Outre-Mer" (IFOM) 3, Rudyard-Kipling Street (Nguyễn Siêu street) in Saigon.

CHOLON 1955 – La Rue des Marins – Đồng Khánh
street. The book “CHOLON” was written by Jean-Michel de Kermadec with pictures from Raymond Cauchetier. It was printed in December 1955 by “‘Imprimerie Française d’Outre-Mer” (IFOM) 3, Rudyard-Kipling Street (Nguyễn Siêu street) in Saigon.

Chợ Lớn (The Big Market) in Chinese quarter in Saigon before the Fall of Saigon

Chợ Lớn (The Big Market) in Chinese quarter in Saigon before the Fall of Saigon

A market in Chợ Lớn (The Big Market) - another name for the Chinese quarter in Saigon in 1965.

A market in Chợ Lớn (The Big Market) – another name for the Chinese quarter in Saigon in 1965.

A market in Chợ Lớn in 1966.

A market in Chợ Lớn in 1966.

A street in Chợ Lớn in 1970.

A street in Chợ Lớn in 1970.

A street in Chợ Lớn.

A street in Chợ Lớn.

A street in Chợ Lớn.

A street in Chợ Lớn.

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Thank you soldiers!

It's been a deep desire in me, for almost forever, to express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart to the dead and alive Australian and American soldiers.

It’s been a deep desire in me, for almost forever, to express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart to the dead and alive Australian and American soldiers.

Every year, I always buy the commemorative souvenirs for ANZAC, Remembrance Day and Legacy Week. The sights of those souvenir selling stalls at shopping malls make me feel bereft and grieving for the fallen Australian servicemen and servicewomen.

I didn’t have any memory of the Australian Army during the Vietnam war. The top two storeys above my family’s house together with the houses in two building blocks either side of An Dong market were occupied by the GIs. I was often given candies by the GIs passing by while I was playing outside my house. I remember fondly those American advisers who greeted me warmly when my father took me to his workplace at Saigon Headquarters.

I was very grateful to America for sending their forces to help South Vietnam fight the Communists. 

For a long time, America evoked warm fraternal feelings in me, as if it was a big brother looking after the young and bullied South Vietnam. I wanted to resettle in America after escaping from Vietnam. I was in deep sorrow after the September 11th attacks, just as if a very close friend was under attack.

In later years, when I connected to the Internet, I felt horrified to learn of the massacre at My Lai. Yet for that crime, what America did for the South was still too great to hate it.

I didn’t know of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam war until four years after I arrived here. 

Given the co-operation between South Vietnam and Australia in the fight against the Vietnamese Communists, I expected warm greetings from my Australian acquaintances when I emailed them. I spoke of how proud I was of my father who always marched with other Vietnamese veterans on ANZAC day. Instead I was shocked when one wrote back telling me that all the wars were barbaric and there wasn’t anything so glorious about them.

At the writers group that I joined in recent years, I heard the phrase “all the way with LBJ” and realised that my stories about the South Vietnam before and after the fall of Saigon reminded the group of the Vietnam war, the war that most Australians hated to be involved with.

In conversations with an Australian friend, I was made aware that it was normal for South Vietnam and its people to like America’s involvement but Australia was reluctantly dragged into the war because of its subservient and dependent allied relationship with America. In my naïve mind until then both Australia and America were both free world allies but gradually I began to understand why Australia dislikes America. My friend also told me that Australians felt that the Vietnam war was not their war. I was upset to hear that Australia didn’t care about communism. I told myself that this was likely because Australia hadn’t experience communism before.

I have a friend whose son served in Afghanistan and now is suffering from PTSD and is afraid of sitting in a restaurant because of all the noises.

These days I feel I understand how Australians felt at the time. Unless it affects my now country – Australia – I wouldn’t like my teenage and adult sons to fight in a war between two forces from within the same foreign country just because of their different religious ideologies, even though one side is evil, because I don’t understand their religions.

There is an eternal struggle between good and evil. Should the world take responsibility instead of the greatest amongst the good to fight all the evils? I can see that America has been involved in too many conflicts due to the world’s perception of it as a “beacon and guarantor of freedom” as well as “the sheriff”. I wonder if America ever feels exhausted.

I wore my head band made of poppy flowers to work on the 100th Remembrance Day. I printed the poem “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon and placed it on a visible area on my desk so I could have an occasional glance at it. Besides the famous stanzas that are always 
recited at every remembrance ceremony, my favourite lines are:

“They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables at home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.”

It’s forever a deep desire inside me to express my gratitude from the heart to the dead and alive past Australian and American soldiers but I feel that my Facebook comments are not enough, that they will just conjure bitterness in the people who were conscripted and got wounded for their country. The people who received hostile receptions on their return from their own people, and now don’t get due care from the government that sent them to war.

To those that fought in the Vietnam war, I eternally want to say: “Thank you soldiers!”.

A Spring morning,
The grieving ode,
Does bring sorrow.
The inflow pain,
Shadow the Remembrance Day.

Men with blond hair,
Men with fair skin,
With bare courage,
The savage wars,
Ravage their souls and bodies.

To those who died,
Were denied thanks,
Who tried to fight,
Vietnam tight war,
Despite the plight, South Vietnam thanks you!
(Yadu-style poem)

Image credit
by June Yaham.

It's been a deep desire in me, for almost forever, to express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart to the dead and alive Australian and American soldiers.

It’s been a deep desire in me, for almost forever, to express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart to the dead and alive Australian and American soldiers.

Thank you soldiers! poem


(Yadu-style poem)

A Spring morning,
The grieving ode,
Does bring sorrow.
An inflow pain
Shadows the Remembrance Day.

Men with blond hair,
Men with fair skin,
With bare courage,
The savage wars
Ravage their souls and bodies.

To those who died,
Were denied thanks,
Who tried to fight,
Vietnam tight war,
Despite the plight, South Vietnam thanks you!


My Own Stage

My dream of creating my own stage and drawing an audience has been buried beneath other priorities in my life.

My dream of creating my own stage and drawing an audience has been buried beneath other priorities in my life.

Comments about this post on ABC Open 500 Words – Dear unfinished business.

For me, music has always been a stream of inspiration, the medicine for dejection, and an elixir of zest.

I love to sing, and find myself perpetually absorbed by the songs on stages, TVs, radios,… In my adolescent, I would put fingers on my throat when singing to make the vibrato, and put my face inside a wash-basin to feel the echo and amplification of my voice.

In my 40s, I took private singing lessons and joined a choir that exclusively sang ABBA songs. However, I felt dissatisfied with only two public performances per year for the group. I managed to quench my thirst of singing through the occasional karaoke party but just like fashion, the trend died down after a few years. But wait there’s more!

The Wicked Witch

It has now been several months since I met Lantern. I decide, that I can wait no longer; I have to act on my promise.

It has now been several months since I met Lantern. I decide, that I can wait no longer; I have to act on my promise.

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I ducked into a store when I saw Lantern at a shopping centre because I haven’t fulfilled my promise made to her, whose family seems like they’ve been put under a curse by a wicked witch. As I know her family, and am older than her, Lantern sought me for help in her desperate attempt to save her parents’ marriage.

In recent years, Lantern’s mother has become sick and homebound. Lantern’s father, a pensioner laden with the stress of caring for his wife, sadness and loneliness, has been seeing another woman who is about ten years younger. But wait there’s more!

A Murder, a Paedophile, a Cougar and the Deported Chinese

My neighbourhood showed its seamy face under Communism in 1979.

My neighbourhood showed its seamy face under Communism in 1979.

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Mrs Chowmein was murdered!

It was the curious vagabonds who slept in front of the widower’s abode that discovered the rivulet of blood from inside the house, dripping down to where they were sleeping.

The vagrants formed part of the late-70s communist era’s phenomenon. They had previously belonged to the bourgeoisie groups, but forfeited their money and jewellery, anyways found themselves banished from their own homes to the barren land of the New Economic Zones before later finding their way back to the city.

I learned of Mrs Chowmein’s fate after waking up early to queue for the monthly family meat ration. I was struck with disbelief, fear and overwhelming sadness, I couldn’t accept the fact that there was a murder in my neighbourhood even though I read and heard about it everyday. My mind was numb for the whole day and I couldn’t help chatting to the crowd gathered in front of Mrs Chowmein’s house. But wait there’s more!