Năm 2018 khép lại với nhiều sự kiện đối với đất nước Việt Nam

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Năm 2018 khép lại với nhiều sự kiện đối với đất nước Việt Nam. Những tin tức đau lòng trong ngành giáo dục, nơi đáng lý ra phải là cái nôi nuôi dưỡng và phát triển tâm hồn của từng con người và tương lai. Những vụ đàn áp man rợ người biểu tình luật đặc khu vào tháng 6,7/2018: bắt bớ vô cớ, đánh đập, tra tấn ở Tao Đàn, Tp. Hồ Chí Minh sẽ mãi là vết đen thể hiện sự thất bại của một thể chế một đảng nơi tất cả tiếng nói khác biệt đều bị dặp tắt một cách thô bạo, đừng nói đến chuyện được lắng nghe hay tôn trọng. Và những ngày gần đây sự đe dọa đến từ phương Bắc đã không còn trên giấy bút hay lời nói mà đã hiển hiện trong từ tiền bạc vùng biên giới, các dự án kinh tế, năng lượng, đến những vũ khí trên biển “trôi dạt” đến sát da thịt của người Việt.
Bên cạnh đó, Luật an ninh mạng với các điều khoản ngăn chặn tự do biểu đạt và quyền riêng tư của từng người đang như một bóng đen đe dọa những người Việt cất lên tiếng nói công chính vì đất nước.
Livenguide ra đời không phải để đối phó hay chống Luật an ninh mạng hay một dự luật, thông tư, nghị định nào. Tất cả những thứ đó là những sản phẩm thời đoạn của những thể chế tạm thời để giới hạn con người. Livenguide được tạo ra và phát triển trên nền tảng những giá trị hướng thượng, toàn cầu và trường tồn. Đó là tôn trọng tự do biểu đạt, tôn trọng quyền riêng tư, để từ đó mọi người sống làm việc và yêu mến nhau, tôn trọng nhau và tôn trọng môi trường, ngôi nhà chung của tất cả chúng ta, không phân biệt bất cứ điều gì, kể cả chính kiến.
Những năm qua mạng xã hội và sự phát triển vũ bão của công nghệ đã cho phép chúng ta kết nối với nhau nhiều và dễ dàng hơn, cho chúng ta nhiều thông tin và hiểu biết hơn. Nhưng mạng xã hội cũng tạo nên một cuộc sống trên bàn phím, màn hình smartphone với những ám ảnh của yêu ghét và lấy đi của chúng ta thời gian quý giá để thực sự gặp nhau, sống và làm cho đời sống thật có ý nghĩa hơn.
Đó là nguyên nhân và lý do của Livenguide: chúng tôi tạo một mạng xã hội để mọi người có cơ hội GẶP nhau, sống cùng với nhau, đi và làm cùng với nhau, học nấu ăn, du lịch, đi bộ vì môi trường, nói chuyện từng nhóm bạn, bàn cách và tăng ý thức để giảm đến không con số người chết một cách vô lý vô lối là 30 người sau một đêm chiến thắng của đội bóng quốc gia…
Chúng tôi tin rằng những thay đổi thật sẽ đến khi chúng ta GẶP mặt nhau thật sự. Livenguide đang phát triển để việc gặp nhau này càng dễ dàng hơn nữa. Các bạn có thể để ý thấy Hoạt động các bạn tạo ra luôn nằm trên cùng của trang nhà của minh. Những cảm xúc- trạng thái- status sẽ trôi theo thời gian, chỉ có những Hoạt động của bạn làm cùng người khác sẽ có ảnh hưởng và để lại dấu ấn.
Với niềm tin và cách thức đó, chúng ta có quyền hy vọng một năm 2019 tươi sáng hơn. Vì chúng ta sẽ cùng nhau là một phần của ánh sáng đó.
Chúc mọi người một ngày cuối năm 2018 đầm ấm bên người thân và năm mới 2019 đang đến thật nhiều hạnh phúc.

“I, I hate all that social network and Instagram. If I ever there were none of them, my kid would not behave likewise!”

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“I, I hate all that social network and Instagram. If I ever there were none of them, my kid would not behave likewise!”

I keep silent but I can understand and share his frustration.

Social network, specially Instagram, creates an unreal world particularly harmful for children. For a growing up girl or boy at the age of 13 or 14, sticking to a phone is unfortunately becoming a norm these days. What they post and see 24 hours a day seven days a week!? How many hours, no: more exactly should be minutes, that your children listen to you? And even when they listen how can you assure that they do really listen, not just hearing and thinking of something else between their two posts or reflecting on some photos of their friends or preparing fingers for some instant messages that they will tap so vigorously a few seconds later on their “smart” phone?

I have read a few months ago some serious journals criticizing Kim Kardashian for a post praising extreme fasting to make girls and boys look slim. I was asking myself what the heck these journals need to care about a post by that woman called Kim.

I can see the reason now. Children follow, like, admire, listen to, be influenced by those celebrities much more than by any one else. And they make group in Instagram or the likes to share these obsessions. No more teachers, much less parents, can interfere in these worlds full of silly, stupid, self harming ideas. It is dangerous. Think about it again. I say it again and again, it is very dangerous. In this respect, these social network platform are very harmful! It is not easy to prevent children against the invasion of these scourges but I can say that it is much more difficult to correct when the harm was done.

The development of IT and social network put parents under huge difficulty bringing up their children. No one is ready for this yet because it is all new, just appearing less than 10 years ago.

To some extent social network is not that good either for adults. Are we sure not enslaved by the image that we give to ourselves on social network. Are we letting this virtual life dictate your real one?

Quand les falaise calcaires de Dover éloignent

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Quand les falaise calcaires de Dover éloignent, deviennent une bande blanche sur l’horizon et mélangent avec la mer et le ciel pour en faire tous qu’une, je me rend compte que je suis sur le chemin de quitter l’Angleterre pour la France. Le vent est fort et il fait froid dehors sur le bord du bateau, je reviens à l’intérieur qui est aujourd’hui particulièrement déserté. Nous sommes le 23 Décembre, un jour avant Noël, et sur le bateau il n’y a que quelques uns qui sont soit touristes soit des Français se précipitant à leurs familles pour les jours de Noël et le Nouvel An.
Mes amis vietnamiens du Canada viennent de m’appeler par Skype disant que nous leur manquons. Ils sont partis de France pour le Canada il y a quelques ans. Comme nous ils sont de gens qui voyagent ce monde et ne savent plus où on peut appeler pays ou maison.
Nous parlons de la vie, des choses de tous les jours. Depuis longtemps nous ne parlons plus du Vietnam. Ce pays lointain qui devient presque un pays comme tous d’autres pour plusieurs de mes amis. C’est seulement la langue vietnamienne qu’on partage qui nous définit comme vietnamiens. Et un jour si nous ne parlons plus en vietnamien, comme le cas de nos enfants vivant à l’étranger ?
Je vois sur la télévision des policiers attaqués par des manifestants et des jettages de feu. Dehors les quais de Calais apparaissent avec ces grues et lointains sont des immeubles en couleur grise tant familière. Bienvenue en France !

 

Knock – knock on our front door

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Knock – knock on our front door. “Don’t open it, let me open it” I shouted and rushed down the stairs and opened the door.
“Hello, don’t want to disturb you but would like just to thank you for your help last time.” In front of our house stood the our neighbour lady. We had helped her a few days ago to open the door of her house, more exactly it is the house living her 87 years old mother who got stuck inside. The poor old lady had locked the door from interior and slipped and fallen down on the floor of the bathroom. Luckily her daughter, who was now over sixty I guessed, had came to visit her at the right time and ran to our house to call for help. At that moment I had just also flew all the way back from Australia and had not even entered my house. We had managed afterwards to break the key chain of the door, using a lot of our tools and kits and screws and hammer. The ambulance had arrived just a bit later.
“Oh, don’t worry. How is your mother?” I replied and asked.
“She is better now. Broken two bones in her arm and bumped her head to the bath. A few days in hospital but much better now. Luckily that you were there and helped.” She replied and handed me a box of Lindt chocolate and a Thank you card. It is a very English culture to offer small gift as a thank for help.
“You should not. Good that your mother is OK.” I told her.
“Yeah, old age you see. I live with her now. It is not safe to leave her alone.”
“You are a very good and happy child to your mother. Much more than me.” I told her.
“Thank you. You see. My sister lives also nearby, but she does never come to see her mother since 20 years.” She told me.
“So bad, isn’t it. Would you like to come in and have a tea?” I asked her.
“No, thank you. I have to come back home now. Should not let her alone for long.” She replied and waved goodbye to me and rushed back to her mother’s house on the other side of the road.
It was rainy outside, a fine good and steady rain. It was always rainy in this country these days of the year. Not that sunny sky of Sydney any more.

Language is just one clear sign of the cultural gap for people living abroad, religion could be another

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Language is just one clear sign of the cultural gap for people living abroad, religion could be another.
In most Vietnamese families, the spinal religion can be considered as the cult for ancestors, and the respect for elder people, included their parents. This religion/culture creates the mental and spiritual skeleton of the family and help it strive. It helps to bring the story from one generation to another, make the children proud of their origin and guide their decisions and acts.
Although this culture/religion is very important, it can be considered as a culture trait rather than an organised religion. Unlike Christianity or any other religions, it isn’t well defined and does not involve establishment and timely gatherings for worshiping and learning. The cult for ancestors and respect of elderly are not a religion to practice with enshrined books or Bible. It can be lost, diluted if not cared for enough. Living alone in a new country, far from the bigger families, having no grandparents, this religion/culture can be forgotten and not practiced in everyday family life, creating a cultural gap or fracture. Compared with native children of native families with established religions like Christianity or Muslim or even those without religion but having a tight net of family and relatives, these Vietnamese immigrant families could suffer some spiritual disadvantages and drawbacks.
This is particularly true nowadays when children are under continuous attractive invasion from social media. Without a solid background that hold them back, they are like mayflies who precipitate to the attraction of social media with all nonsense praising for self harming and self indulgent hobbies of posting and texting. It is a lot of time lost. Following by other dangerous things like bad influences, self centering, being obsessed by physical appearance, self harming.
I have stated from the beginning that the context of this worry is for family abroad. However cultural/spiritual fracture and its consequence could also involve family living inside of Vietnam nowadays.
To some extent family is like society and like politics, we need always the conservatives that hold back against the negative effect of the progressive trends. We do never know.

TO MARRICKVILLE

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TO MARRICKVILLE
“In Sydney, Vietnamese from the South live mostly here in Cabramatta or in Bankstown. Those from the North gather in Marrickville, nearer to the city center.” Anh Hung told me after ordering the noodle.
“Yeah, I would like always to see how different people live and organise their life. It is always interesting to be with the people.” I said.
“You will see that there are differences. People from the North just came to this country and are more ready to do silly things, from money laundering to planting grasses.” Anh Tuan said.
The waiter brought us bowls of Quảng noodle. They were big, but not that big as the one I ate in Bankstown a few days ago.
“Living too long under Communism they tend to be feared of nothing. They rushed their life to even illegal things with short termist view about life and the country that welcomed them.” Anh Hung said.
“We here from the South have gone through different regimes and the war, we know what is right and wrong and appreciate better the hospitality of Australia.” Anh Tuan added.
We went on to speak about Vietnam, the election for the leaders of the democratic Vietnam (http://baucudanchulink.wordpress.com) and Livenguide, its purpose and development so far.
Anh Hung and anh Tuan are both from Soc Trang, where I was born. They were students to my father nearly 50 years ago when he was beginning his teaching career in a high school in South of Vietnam before being an military officer. What amazed me is that they can now remember and speak about their teacher so well after so many years. Maybe because the students and the teacher of those times were connected not only by years in high school but also as comrades and friends in the war and even in the re-education camps that pushed up like mushrooms after that. And when these student left Vietnam to live in free countries like the US or Australia, they did not forget their teacher. They sent us things from abroad, those that help the family going through the difficult years after 1975 as described in a song of Viet Dzung Gui ve Cho Em…, that I can never thank you enough.
The love and mutual duty connecting my father as teacher and his students are so deep after so many years. I thank my father so much for giving me the chance to be so nicely treated by his students wherever I go to in this world. I am asking myself how in 50 years my children would see my friends in another country during their journey into life.
What shall I leave to my children in 50 more years?
We said goodbye, hoped each other the best and promised to meet again soon, in Australia, Europe or Vietnam.
“So where do you go now?” Anh Hung asked me.
“To Marrickville” I replied. It was so sunny outside and the sky was so blue.