ngoc nguyen

Tôi có thói quen luôn giữ ký ức về người cũ, dù rằng đó là ký ức vui hay buồn.

Thậm chí, có những người đã qua chỉ để lại nỗi đau, tôi vẫn cố giữ. Mà bạn có để ý rằng, những người khiến ta đau, khiến ta nhớ về họ mãi không nguôi, thường là những người chúng ta yêu thương thật sự.

Có người trách tôi dại. Giữ làm chi khi người ta đã không còn gì nữa.

Nhưng có sao đâu, giữ để có cái mà nhớ về, nhắc nhở bản thân vẫn còn cảm xúc cũng là một điều tốt.

Thử nghĩ coi, nếu có sáng thức dậy, trong đầu chẳng còn hình ảnh, gương mặt hay thậm chí là cái tên của bất kỳ ai, mọi ký ức chỉ là mảng trắng mênh mang.

Lúc đó, mới thật đáng sợ…

Nên thôi, còn nhớ được thì cứ nhớ. Mà còn thương được thì hãy cứ thương…

—  Nguyễn Ngọc Thạch

Vietnamese people form Germany’s largest group of resident foreigners from Asia. Federal Statistical Office figures showed 83,446 Vietnamese nationals residing in Germany in 2005 (not included are individuals of Viet origin or descent who have been naturalized as German citizens - between 1981-2007, 41,500 people renounced Vietnamese citizenship to take up German nationality). A further 40,000 irregular migrants of Vietnamese origin were estimated to live in Germany, largely concentrated in the Eastern states.

The Vietnamese community in Western Germany consists of refugees from the Vietnam War. The first boat people who fled the country after the fall of Saigon, consisting of 208 families (640 individuals), who arrived in Hanover in 1978. None spoke German. They received official aid such as social benefits and job placement assistance, as well as societal support for their successful adaptation to German life. By the eve of German reunification, West Germany had roughly 33,000 Vietnamese people, largely consisting of boat people and their relatives who were admitted under family reunification schemes.[

East Germany began to invite North Vietnamese to attend study and training programs in the 1950s; cooperation expanded in 1973, when they pledged to train a further 10,000 Vietnamese citizens in the following 10 years. In 1980, they signed an agreement with reunified Vietnam to provide training. The East German government viewed industrial trainee programs not just as a means to increase the labor supply to local industry, but also as development aid to the poorer members of the Socialist Bloc. By 1985, Vietnamese, along with Africans from Mozambique, comprised the main groups of foreign laborers in the DDR. From just 2,482 in 1980, the number of Vietnamese residents grew to 59,053 by 1989. Communities were concentrated mainly in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Dresden, East Berlin, Erfurt, and Leipzig. Their contracts were supposed to last for 5 years, after which they would return home. 

After Reunification, the government sought to reduce populations of former guest workers in the east by offering each DM 3,000 to return home. Tens of thousands took the offer, but they were soon replaced by a further influx of Viet asylum-seekers who had been contract workers in other Eastern European nations. Throughout the 1990s, German attempts to repatriate the new immigrants back to their country were not very successful, due to both Berlin’s reluctance to forcibly deport, and Hanoi’s refusal to re-admit; however, nearly 4/10 were barred from permanent residency. 

Today, about 10,000 Vietnamese people live in Berlin, of whom roughly 25% consist of Hoa (descendants of Chinese immigrants to Vietnam). Vietnamese, along with Koreans, form one of the only Asian groups in which men and women migrated to Germany in roughly equal numbers, at least among legal residents - in contrast, there are far more Thai and Filipino women than men in Germany, while the reverse holds true for Chinese and Indians.

Studies by German education experts show that Vietnamese children are among the highest performing pupils in Germany (50% gaining entry into Gymnasiums). Vietnamese students in Eastern Germany who grow up in poverty typically outperform their peers, such as Turks and Italians. Notable people from the Viet community include Philipp Rösler (Vice-Chancellor of Germany, Federal Minister of Economics & Tech & chairman of the FDP), Dang Ngoc Long (composer), Marcel Nguyen (Olympic gymnast & silver medalist), Minh-Khai Phan-Thi (actress & former presenter for German music channel “VIVA”), and Phạm Nguyễn Lan Phiên (piano prodigy, youngest piano student accepted at the Frankfurt College of Music).

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List of Victims at the Pentagon (Not Including Flight 77) #NeverForget #Sept11 #Pentagon

SPC Craig S. Amundson, USA
YN3 Melissa Rose Barnes, USN
MSG Max J. Beilke, Retired
IT2 Kris Romeo Bishundat, USN
Carrie R. Blagburn
COL Canfield D. Boone, ARNG
Donna M. Bowen
Allen P. Boyle
ET3 Christopher L. Burford, USN
ET3 Daniel M. Caballero, USN
SFC Jose O. Calderon-Olmedo, USA
Angelene C. Carter
Sharon A. Carver
SFC John J. Chada, USA, Retired
Rosa Maria Chapa
Julian T. Cooper
LCDR Eric A. Cranford, USN
Ada M. Davis
CAPT Gerald F. DeConto, USN
LTC Jerry D. Dickerson, USA
IT1 Johnnie Doctor, Jr., USN
CAPT Robert E. Dolan, Jr., USN
CDR William H. Donovan, USN
CDR Patrick Dunn, USN
AG1 Edward T. Earhart, USN
LCDR Robert R. Elseth, USNR
SK3 Jamie L. Fallon, USN
Amelia V. Fields
Gerald P. Fisher
AG2 Matthew M. Flocco, USN
Sandra N. Foster
CAPT Lawrence D. Getzfred, USN
Cortez Ghee
Brenda C. Gibson
COL Ronald F. Golinski, USA, Retired
Diane Hale-McKinzy
Carolyn B. Halmon
Sheila M.S. Hein
ET1 Ronald J. Hemenway, USN
MAJ Wallace Cole Hogan, Jr., USA
SSG Jimmie I. Holley, USA, Retired
Angela M. Houtz
Brady Kay Howell
Peggie M. Hurt
LTC Stephen N. Hyland, Jr., USA
Lt Col Robert J. Hymel, USAF, Retired
SGM Lacey B. Ivory, USA
LTC Dennis M. Johnson, USA
Judith L. Jones
Brenda Kegler
LT Michael S. Lamana, USN
David W. Laychak
Samantha L. Lightbourn-Allen
MAJ Stephen V. Long, USA
James T. Lynch, Jr.
Terence M. Lynch
OS2 Nehamon Lyons IV, USN
Shelley A. Marshall
Teresa M. Martin
Ada L. Mason-Acker
LTC Dean E. Mattson, USA
LTG Timothy J. Maude, USA
Robert J. Maxwell
Molly L. McKenzie
Patricia E. Mickley
MAJ Ronald D. Milam, USA
Gerard P. Moran, Jr.
Odessa V. Morris
ET1 Brian A. Moss, USN
Teddington H. Moy
LCDR Patrick J. Murphy, USNR
Khang Ngoc Nguyen
DM2 Michael A. Noeth, USN
Ruben S. Ornedo
Diana B. Padro
LT Jonas M. Panik, USNR
MAJ Clifford L. Patterson, Jr., USA
LT Darin H. Pontell, USNR
Scott Powell
CAPT Jack D. Punches, USN, Retired
AW1 Joseph J. Pycior, Jr., USN
Deborah A. Ramsaur
Rhonda Sue Rasmussen
IT1 Marsha D. Ratchford, USN
Martha M. Reszke
Cecelia E. (Lawson) Richard
Edward V. Rowenhorst
Judy Rowlett
SGM Robert E. Russell, USA, Retired
CW4 William R. Ruth, ARNG
Charles E. Sabin, Sr.
Marjorie C. Salamone
COL David M. Scales, USA
CDR Robert A. Schlegel, USN
Janice M. Scott
LTC Michael L. Selves, USA, Retired
Marian H. Serva
CDR Dan F. Shanower, USN
Antionette M. Sherman
Diane M. Simmons
Cheryle D. Sincock
ITC Gregg H. Smallwood, USN
LTC Gary F. Smith, USA, Retired
Patricia J. Statz
Edna L. Stephens
SGM Larry L. Strickland, USA
LTC Kip P. Taylor, USA
Sandra C. Taylor
LTC Karl W. Teepe, USA, Retired
SGT Tamara C. Thurman, USA
LCDR Otis V. Tolbert, USN
SSG Willie Q. Troy, USA, Retired
LCDR Ronald J. Vauk, USNR
LTC Karen J. Wagner, USA
Meta L. (Fuller) Waller
SPC Chin Sun Pak Wells, USA
SSG Maudlyn A. White, USA
Sandra L. White
Ernest M. Willcher
LCDR David L. Williams, USN
MAJ Dwayne Williams, USA
RMC Marvin Roger Woods, USN, Retired
IT2 Kevin W. Yokum, USN
ITC Donald M. Young, USN
Edmond G. Young, Jr.
Lisa L. Young

**Note: USA: USArmy. USN: USNavy

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Marvel Comics’ November 2014 Solicitations - 1980s Goodness

WOLVERINE EPIC COLLECTION: MADRIPOOR NIGHTS TPB
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT & PETER DAVID
Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA & GENE COLAN

He’s the best there is at what he does — but what he does isn’t very nice. And now, Wolverine has broken out of the X-Men and into his own solo series! Feeling the urge to cut loose, Wolverine travels to Madripoor — an East Indian island full of pirates, cutthroats and…just the way Logan likes it! There, he’ll take on ruthless crimelord Roche, meet the cunning Tyger Tiger, wield the mystical Black Blade, battle superhuman enforcers Roughouse and Bloodsport, and contend with drug kingpin Nguyen Ngoc Coy and his niece — the former New Mutant known as Karma! Plus: The Hulk comes to town, a formative battle with Sabretooth is revealed, and Wolverine hunts for the Gehenna Stone! Guest-starring Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman! Collecting WOLVERINE (1988) #1-16, and material from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #1-10 and MARVEL AGE ANNUAL #4.

504 PGS./Rated T … $34.99

MARVEL FIRSTS: THE 1980S VOL. 3 TPB
Written by DOUG MURRAY, JO DUFFY, AL MILGROM, LARRY HAMA, CARL POTTS, LOUISE SIMONSON, CHRIS CLAREMONT, WALTER SIMONSON & MORE
Penciled by MICHAEL GOLDEN, KELLEY JONES,KERRY GAMMILL, JOHN BUSCEMA, RON WILSON, TERRY SHOEMAKER, ALAN DAVIS, JOHN BOGDANOVE, JON J MUTH, KENT WILLIAMS, DAN LAWLIS & MORE

Say goodbye to the ’80s with one final volume of the decade’s breakthroughs and breakouts! Mutant mania launches three new X-teams, plus star turns for Cyclops and Colossus! The first shots are fired in the ’Nam, cyborg Coldblood suits up, and Nth Man and Shadowmasters prove that ninjas are “in!” The Spellbinders weave miracles, the Wolfpack howls, Speedball bounces, Quasar shines, and Wonder Man hogs the spotlight — but it’s hell on Earth when Mephisto arrives. Good thing Damage Control is here to clean up! Collecting THE ’NAM #1, COMET MAN #1, FALLEN ANGELS #1, MEPHISTO VS. #1, MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #31, SPELLBOUND (1988) #1, EXCALIBUR SPECIAL EDITION, X-TERMINATORS #1, HAVOK & WOLVERINE: MELTDOWN #1, SHADOWMASTERS #1 — plus material from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #22; MARVEL AGE ANNUAL #4; and MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #10, #17, #25-26, #29 and #38.

480 PGS./Rated T+ … $39.99

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My Top 5 (2013)

2013 was a nice year that finally passed.

Photography has been a world of joy and passion to me since I was a student. And this year was a wonderful year as I started to boost my joy to a new level

I had my first digital advanced camera in February, and in September, I was firing my first film roll. Those sweet moments are unforgettable.

It was tough for me to pick 5 out my photographs. I just don’t see any of them qualifying what I really desire. I want to remedy my unsatisfaction in 2014, to learn more about the night lights, to try shooting portraits and landscape, which I didn’t really do in 2013.

2013 also gave me great occasions meeting up with great photographers. I surprisingly met Andre Dayani on a local bus, and Shaun Hicks came to me on his tour. I had a great coffee time with Sebastian Loffer, one of my idols, and on November, Nguyen Ngoc Hiep showed me how marvellous a Mamiya RZ67 pro II is. Those must be my top experiences of this year.

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