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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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Harder than Acting

They're the sand embedded in my shoes that wear me out, and yet all I can do is grit my teeth and smile.

They’re the sand embedded in my shoes that wear me out, and yet all I can do is grit my teeth and smile.

Comments about this post on ABC Open 500 words – Faking it.

It is easier to act in a play than fake liking ‘them’! To me acting is genuinely living as the character, thinking and reacting as if I was them. When my facial muscles want to contract, my hands shake and my heart beats faster and louder, I find it is actually harder to betray my body, my feelings and put on a happy face in front of ‘them’.

I often wonder, “Why did you have to marry into my circle, so for the group’s sake, I have to keep the relationships in harmony?” Then I remember the time my father was incarcerated in the torturous communist jail, the maltreatment the Communist gave my family and my deadly escape from Vietnam.

Passing through the threshold of the door, I felt relieved that I had held my façade, successfully giving a strong handshake and a warm smile to ‘him’. He migrated here under the sponsorship of his sister. But wait there’s more!

The immigration tricks

The girls register their names at trendy upmarket bars in Saigon or Hanoi.

The girls register their names at trendy upmarket bars in Saigon or Hanoi.

<<Facts, pictures, video clips related to the story – marriages between children of Vietnamese high-ranking Communist Officials and overseas Vietnamese>>

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It’s Saturday morning and as my sons are older now, their soccer matches start late in the afternoon so I have more time to sleep in. As my children are growing into independent and capable adults, I find that I have more time to myself to spend on news, emails, Facebook and writing yet compared to ten years ago, I cannot do much after work and at the weekends as my physical and emotional energy are declining on the path of life. But wait there’s more!

Living with the enemy

My days as a happy refugee have long ended. I feel overwhelmed by the vision that one day, this class of emigrant communist officials who were brought up with communist ideals will become powerful economic giants, influential intellectuals, elite public servants and overtake this country where I’m taking refuge and turn it into a communist one.

My days as a happy refugee have long ended. I feel overwhelmed by the vision that one day, this class of emigrant communist officials who were brought up with communist ideals will become powerful economic giants, influential intellectuals, elite public servants and overtake this country where I’m taking refuge and turn it into a communist one.

<<Facts, pictures and video clips related to this story – the Vietnamese Communists living amongst the Vietnamese refugees abroad.>>

My days as a happy refugee have ended. These days I live with the descendants of the communist officials of my other country – Vietnam. But wait there’s more!

Living with the enemy’s related information

 TYCOON LE HONG THUY TIEN OUTSIDE HER HIGH-SECURITY RIVERSIDE VILLA IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM. THE COAT OF ARMS ON THE GATES APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN MODELLED ON THAT OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY.


TYCOON LE HONG THUY TIEN OUTSIDE HER HIGH-SECURITY RIVERSIDE VILLA IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM. THE COAT OF ARMS ON THE GATES APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN MODELLED ON THAT OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY.

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1.Overseas scholarships grant in Vietnam.

Mark A. Ashwill – an international educator in Vietnam talks about education corruption relating to granting overseas scholarships in Vietnam. (Link to Mark A. Ashwill post on 15/10/2012) But wait there’s more!

And thirty years later … poem

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(Couplet-style poem)

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The defector returns to her country,
She hears the cry, the moan of history.
She learns the wealthy communist devils
Want to migrate and mixed with other peoples.
The communist elites deem Vietnam fearsome:
“Polluted air, unsafe food and poor health system”.

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by Women in the Black.

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My Adolescence and the Extinction of a Social Class poem

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(Sonnet-Shakespearean-style poem)

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The Communists think equal wealth’s for all,
Severe campaigns were planned in secrecy,
One’s for the old regime’s money downfall,
One’s to eradicate the bourgeoisie. But wait there’s more!