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The first memory of my school is the hours under the flickering kerosene lamps, in the sketchy shack set up in the middle of the forest for city children to evacuate to the countryside to avoid bombs.

I started elementary years in the North when the war against America was fierce. Our children at that time had no idea of ​​a stable learning environment.

I study everywhere I can, from my home, in an evacuation place, to the woods. I learn from anyone willing to teach, from my mother, my neighbor’s aunt, or my elder brother or sister in the village. It was not until 1972 that I knew what a real school was when I returned to Hanoi after the bombings stopped.

For our generation, war and its consequences have created a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity – today called the world. VUCA.

However, those challenges could not bury our thirst for learning and passion for knowledge. I read and memorized every book I could get my hands on, be it history, literature, or biology. In a way, that was the “liberal education” that I created for myself.

However, my VUCA world at that time was small and closed. Everyone has the same starting line, and faces the same challenges. But for today’s young people, the world VUCA is facing is completely different.

It is a place where changes take place day by day, hour by hour and are unpredictable due to the rapid development of science and technology. Automation and artificial intelligence, while bringing great value to society, also lead to unprecedented economic turmoil as many industries – from assembly-line work to retail and law – in danger of disappearing quickly. It is a world where, as scientists predict, about 80% of the jobs in 2030, less than 10 years from now, have not yet appeared.

During the past years, and now, when the Covid-19 pandemic is upsetting the old normal order of life, we educators often ponder the question: Education, especially education What can university do to prepare today’s young generation so that they can firmly cope with the uncertain future out there? Will traditional university models designed to train only a narrow major still be suitable for unimaginable changes?

There has been too much debate about higher education reform, about the higher education philosophy that Vietnam should pursue. But I think, in the end, we need to return to the true mission of higher education, which is “helping learners adapt and manage the changes taking place in society”. I believe that the university of the 21st century must teach students how to “learn how to learn”, so that they know how to forget the knowledge that is no longer relevant, learn and continuously recreate knowledge and skills. new capabilities as the Covid-19 crisis itself is teaching us.

That is also the reason why from day one, we founders of Fulbright University Vietnam decided to pursue a liberal arts education model – a proven model of equipping learners with ability to adapt to change in work and social environments through a broad knowledge base and vital skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and creativity.

But the journey to convince society of new educational options and experiences has not been smooth. I still vividly remember the first days five years ago, when we invited some parents and education experts to talk about liberal arts education. There are many questions and doubts about the practicality of this approach. Given that most Vietnamese believe that going to university to get a career, many cannot understand why students have to spend at least the first year at Fulbright to learn about many areas of fundamental knowledge, from science to science. from the natural sciences, to the social sciences, to the humanities and the arts, before deciding on a particular major.

But just two years after Fulbright took on the first batch of students, the answer became increasingly clear. Recently, I received a sharing from a human resources director of a large Vietnamese technology company, she said that their CEO highly appreciates Fulbright students who are intern here because of their presentation skills, advice and ideas. Critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork are much better than expected. Some students have received official job offers from the company even though they have only completed their sophomore year of university and even though they have not yet chosen a major. For us educators, it is a meaningful encouragement.

In the famous “human capital” theory, Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker once pointed out that human capital usually accounts for 70% – 75% of a country’s potential for prosperity. Asian countries, from South Korea to Japan, are cited as examples of economies that have used education to drive growth. Although they have very few natural resources, they have invested heavily in the education system, especially higher education in order to develop human resources and reap the rewards.

Vietnam is no exception if they want to follow their successful path. In order to achieve better socio-economic achievements, Vietnam must successfully transition to knowledge-intensive and high-value-added economic activities. But whether we like it or not, we still have to admit to each other the fact that there is a big gap between the urgent need for high-quality human resources and the state of Vietnam’s higher education, which is clearly reflected. The unemployment rate is increasing day by day.

What can we learn from the current Covid crisis? That is, perhaps: delaying action in preparing for change comes at a heavy cost.

Change is no longer in the future tense. It is happening right now, here, and requires each of us to rethink how the VUCA world will shape the lives of each individual, each community, and the country to which we belong.

That journey, more than ever, must begin with education.

Dam Bich Thuy

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Vietnamese character


At a small meeting in Paris, writer Nguyen Thanh Viet recounted a story that moved him.

By chance in a store in the US, he heard an Asian man talking on the phone with his son while shopping. The writer knew he was Vietnamese when he heard the question: “Son, it’s father. Have you eaten yet?”

Those words, spoken in English, were insignificant, even a little disturbing. But Nguyen Thanh Viet said: “In Vietnamese, it is everything”. And he was so moved that he almost cried when he heard those dear words, even though he couldn’t speak much Vietnamese.

“Have you eaten yet?”, to Vietnamese people who are hesitant to express their feelings, is “I love you”. It was a small thing, even insignificant, but it confirmed he was Vietnamese. It is something a little metaphysical, which cannot be learned or imitated but can only be felt. “As long as I am touched by what belongs to the Vietnamese people, then I will remain Vietnamese,” Nguyen Thanh Viet said.

Sociologist specializing in Southeast Asia, Benedict Anderson, while studying nationalism, coined and popularized the term “imaginary community”. Accordingly, a country is defined not only by hard borders but also as a “soft” community artificially built over time by people who consider themselves to be in that group. The nation is also an “imaginary community” because most of the people in that community do not meet each other, but are only connected through common habits, ideals or interests.

Of the nearly 100 million Vietnamese people around the world, few have met more than 10,000 people in real life, but they are upset every time they hear the news that China is operating in the South China Sea, when their homeland encounters natural disasters, or their compatriots go through many hardships. lost in the last pandemic. The imaginary community could be thousands of people marching everywhere against China, remittances sent home or it could be very small features like the question “have you eaten?”.

There are things that are so essential but so familiar that we forget their existence until they are gone. Culture and ethnicity are the same.

We all have friends who are studying or working abroad. Having a “green card” is already difficult, the journey to truly integrate into a new nation is even more difficult. Many of them are caught in the middle of two worlds: they feel lost in their new country while their home country greets them with an unfamiliar name – overseas Vietnamese. How will their patriotism be shared, when “patriotism” has always been an exclusive feeling – only for one and only one source.

Vietnamese people today continue their journey towards the world, going all the way to study, make a living or seek their life-changing dream. Vietnam is always in the group with the most students in the US, Australia or the UK. Questions of ethnicity, patriotism, and ancestry probably continue to plague many people. Which side will the new generation of Vietnamese lean towards, the homeland where they were born or the new homeland?

The stronghold of “ethnicity” and “national culture” has never been shaken as violently as it is now. But perhaps in that danger of survival, we will have the opportunity to re-evaluate our nationality and reflect on the fate of other cultures.

What makes millions of Vietnamese across five continents call each other compatriots? There are things that are not necessarily named, defined, or detailed in resolutions and documents. So are cultural and ethnic identities. Millions of people with millions of different ways of feeling and vibrating about “Vietnameseness”, that will be the strongest protective net for Vietnamese culture.

A culture can only last if it values ​​the openness and freedom to feel of each individual. Cultural policy, therefore, needs to ensure freedom of thought, promote culture and real creativity, so that a new culture has the collective strength to last. That is, the role of cultural policy makers is to open up rather than reframe values, to define what is national, what is cultural, and what is not.

In order for Vietnamese culture to develop in a pluralistic and clashing world, the mindset of untying, minimizing restricted areas, and creating conditions for culture to develop more naturally must be encouraged. In fact, in the age of globalization, no one “forbids” anything. It’s not hard to find a banned movie online. Most recently, the success of the “Korean wave” did not come from prohibition but from the encouragement of the development and investment of cultural products by the majority of the private sector. No one criticized the Oscar-winning “Parasite” or “The Squid Game” watched by hundreds of millions of people as non-Korean, although the story in the film criticized the dark corners of society very heavily.

If everyone has the right to have “Vietnamese” according to their feelings, Vietnamese culture will have millions of protective nets. Globalization has brought civilizations into collision and we are faced with a choice: open and adapt or resist in a cultural jihad like Don Kihote fights windmills.

If we still struggle to fix values ​​that always change over time, we will still be stuck in our own imaginary cage.

Nguyen Khac Giang

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At school or at home?


The first online parent meeting of the school year turned into a debate: whether to send your children to school or continue learning online at home.

At the beginning of the meeting, the teacher said “welcome”, our parents looked at each other through the camera. My daughter’s high school is like a “village school” even though it’s located right in the city. Most of the parents are poor workers, public servants, traders, none of them are “giants”.

The meeting heated up when the teacher said that the city’s Department of Education had just released a draft of 15 safety assessment criteria to prepare for the return of students to school.

Many parents worry that students have not been vaccinated. If you wait for a safe epidemic to send your children to school or wait for them to receive two injections, they may not be able to go to school until mid-2022. Now, the school consults with parents to decide, surely many people disagree because it is not safe. Someone always said: “I don’t want to bet my child on Covid”.

The teacher continued, that “100% of the teachers in our school have received two injections”. The school has medical staff, an isolation room, and a school psychology counseling room. All teachers and staff have been trained to handle cases of cough, fever, difficulty breathing or suspected Covid at school.

“In my opinion, you are already high school students, you should also start learning how to adapt to life with the Covid epidemic,” she said. Schools can be divided into shifts, classes, play and leave at different times, minimizing concentration. Building school discipline in the time of Covid is also a way for students to participate in a civilized society, learn to be orderly and compliant, and be safe outside of the family. “Parents who have a need to speak please feel free,” she encouraged.

A gentle female parent said that, according to her, students need to be able to go to school safely, not wait until it is safe to go to school. But anyway, the children’s age is still impulsive, the school must take many measures to stabilize the learning spirit during the epidemic season, so that parents can rest assured.

A middle-aged parent immediately replied: “I don’t agree with the idea of ​​going back to school. I think online learning is very good, taking tests is also good, but taking online exams is better, as evidenced by last year, students The online semester exams are all good. To be honest, my husband and I only have a son, if something happens, we will die.”

A young man who looks like a student, probably meeting on behalf of his parents, would like to say: “In my opinion, these children, even though they are high school students, only have a big body but their minds are still very young, good especially for them to learn online”.

A father gently continued: “My child is a very obedient child. From the beginning of the year until now, every day of the year I study online, not only is my child fine, but the whole class is fine. So why go to school when it is extremely difficult. pictures for both students and parents?”.

After about ten times of opinions, speaking in two camps, going to school and at home, a father asked for permission to have an opinion, concluding: “Actually, no one wants their children to be in danger. In my opinion, parents We should respect teachers’ opinions. In order not to have regrets happen, for the future of their children, I urge parents not to turn small things into big things to hurt their children’s souls.” . Then he continued to comment on the school from micro to macro, what the educational strategy should be…

After a round of applause through the camera, the atmosphere was silent. All parents are silent. The teacher announced the meeting was over. The question of going to school or studying online is still there.

Choose to go to school safely or wait until it is safe to send your child to school?

Fear is a feeling that appears in parents, not in students. My children and their friends are all waiting to go back to school. Once parents and schools are afraid, extreme measures will be introduced. People are afraid only when they can’t find a solution.

Students need to learn to adapt, and with adult help, they will understand risks and be prepared instead of fearful. Perhaps this is an opportunity for us to teach them new habits such as taking their temperature, drinking water from a separate cup, washing hands often, safely interacting with friends, keeping a distance of two meters from everyone, wearing a mask. properly, disinfect hands regularly, do not touch surfaces and objects, especially in public places.

This is also an opportunity for the school to teach them about a future of living with the virus so as not to discriminate against classmates or people around them who unfortunately have Covid, maintain personal hygiene to prevent epidemics but not be afraid to the point of being infected. The virus takes control of his life. Helping students to adapt safely is also an important life skill, even if there are any epidemics in the world in the future.

As a parent, I’m scared too. But if only because of fear, it is forbidden to let children go to school, meet friends and teachers, it will be a disadvantage and pity for them. Students need to be go to school safely You don’t have to wait until it’s safe to go to school. Many countries have safely adapted to Covid, are we still struggling and defensive?

Nguyen Thi Thu Hien

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Slow-exploding landmines


My staff and I both understand, doing “three on the spot” is like walking on a road full of slow-explosive landmines.

I received a letter asking the business to stop doing “three on the spot” after 15 days. Vaccines just gave me chills, but the dispatch gave me a fever. After requiring businesses to apply “three in place”, the local regulator issued a written request for us to stop.

On August 1, the Provincial People’s Committee and the Management Board of Tra Vinh Economic Zone asked businesses in the area to “actively and flexibly apply the three-in-place option to maintain production”.

As a high-tech company in the province, our products are exported to 63 countries through signed long-term contracts. Doing business with foreign customers is very principled, if the delivery is late or not of the right quality, you may have the contract canceled and have to compensate for all related costs of their company.

After two weeks of planning, according to regulations, we have to send an official letter to the Management Board of the Provincial Economic Zone requesting the implementation of “three on the spot”. After receiving the approval letter from the Board, we selected 387 employees to join the company to implement the model. My company has nearly 800 employees, a quarter work from home, more than a quarter have to temporarily stop work and receive benefits equal to the regional minimum.

In the early morning of July 28, 2021, employees packed towels into the factory. Before that, we contracted with the provincial hospital to go to the company to conduct a PCR test for Covid-19 and everyone got negative results.

The model is applied in a factory on 20 hectares in Long Duc Industrial Park. We have two large cafeterias that serve three meals to our employees. The private farming area of ​​nearly 10 hectares in Long Tri island provides clean and fresh food for the canteen.

Employees are divided into small groups, staying in separate buildings according to each production department. Meeting rooms and offices are converted into residences. The company’s regulations are very strict, employees are not allowed to go near the fence and not be in contact with outsiders.

The company’s security team is responsible for the outer ring, taking on additional tasks of receiving goods and food. They must not come into contact with the delivery person and the company’s employees. The delivery person arrives, leaving the goods in the specified place outside the fence. An hour later, security guards dressed in protective gear came to disinfect, lined up on trucks that were always parked outside the fence with UVC lights for sterilization. More than thirty minutes later, the driver got out of the fence, drove inside the company and delivered to the department. The team of drivers, even though they have been vaccinated with two vaccines, are not allowed to come into contact with the security team. All signed documents are done through the mobile application.

Inside the company, we strictly implement 5K from the beginning of the translation. During working hours, employees exercise on site at 10 am and 15 pm to avoid office sickness. After work, they are encouraged to jog, exercise, yoga or play badminton, tennis, volleyball and football. Staff clothes, after bathing, are served to be washed and dried and delivered the next day.

After more than two weeks, nearly 400 employees have gradually gotten used to living and working on-site, feeling safer. On the morning of August 15, 369 people were rapidly tested and vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. People are happier and more confident because they have added a vaccine barrier to fight the epidemic.

But around four o’clock in the afternoon, I received a dispatch requesting the enterprise to let employees rest for 14 days at home after the injection, and at the same time stop “three on the spot”.

“You guys are getting ready to go home,” I went to the engineers’ break room and said. Everyone exclaimed: “Wow, what’s wrong, uncle?”. A grandchild said, now that we return to the inn, we will starve to death. Before, we come down here to work, eat three times a day in the company, go back to the motel room to sleep overnight. Currently social distancing, there is no voucher at the hostel to go to the market, but if you can buy food, you can’t cook with pots and pans, even if you want to go home, you can’t. Another child asked: “Why am I doing so well that I have to stop?”. I said, “Children who want to stay at the company should write to the board of directors asking to stay with a good reason. We will try our best to fight. I’m also worried if we let them go.” .

I try to find an answer to the reason why businesses are forced to stop “three on the spot”. On July 30, a company in the same industrial park discovered a case of F0, the company was blocked, all employees were not allowed to leave the factory. With each passing day, the plant becomes a “virus incubator”, F1 becomes F0 and F2 becomes F1. Ten days later, there were nearly 200 cases of F0 here. Even the seven key militiamen on duty became F0 and a source of infection in the community. That business has not yet done “three on the spot” has become the outbreak. A garment company about 25 kilometers away from us with nearly tens of thousands of employees also discovered many F0 cases due to infection from family members returning home from epidemic areas.

Enterprises with F0 have become a concern of local leaders. Since some companies have F0 in the province, all other businesses that receive orders have to shut down when we don’t have any F0 shifts.

I again wrote an official letter to the Provincial Committee with letters from employees to “beg” for the company to continue operating. Two days later, the Chairman and Vice President of the province held a meeting at the office of the committee to hear me express my wish to continue implementing the “three on the spot”.

“Do you dare to commit to taking all responsibility before the law if the disease spreads?”, the provincial president asked. Without hesitation, I replied, “A thousand percent sure, I promise.” The leaders promised to review and reply soon.

At six o’clock on August 19, I received a letter from the Provincial Committee allowing the model to continue. Like a vaccine, it helps the company fight the “bankruptcy virus” that according to the General Statistics Office has “killed” more than 80,000 businesses in the first eight months of this year.

I know, business doing “three in place” is like walking on a road full of “slow-exploding F0 mines” if you don’t step carefully and skillfully. Enterprises successfully implementing this model must have enough facilities along with the mind and responsibility of leaders not only inside but also outside the company’s fence.

The whole country is not alone my company is doing “three on the spot”, although we are still trying to find a more optimal model. Our factory was not closed at the last minute, but thinking about thousands of other companies, I see that, once a business is doing well “three places” that must be anxious, running everywhere to get a job. continue to operate, something is wrong in the government’s perception and business management system. We entrepreneurs expect this approach to be considered for adjustment.

Covid-19 has changed every aspect of our lives, but we have to accept to find the way. The head of the Government yesterday issued a new message in the national anti-epidemic view: “This war is still long, we have to live with the epidemic… adapt and do it right.”

“Accommodating” also means that we do and correct at the same time. Confusion is not scary if corrected in time. The scariest thing is that each person is not determined to overcome the fear of responsibility, causing himself and the people around him to fall in this great battle.

For businesses, the latent F0 in factories and unpredictable and jerky policies are all slow-exploding mines.

Nguyen Thanh My

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Who can go out?


Are people coping with the social distancing regulations? Basically no.

Because everyone understands, staying at home if not really needed is for their own interests.

On forums, online shopping groups, anyone who asks to buy and sell non-essential items, or has a hint of an intention to circumvent the law, many people will remind them to give up that intention. Cases of deliberately walking seven kilometers in the morning to buy vermicelli or taking dogs out for a walk, when sanctioned, are consensual.

The shop is closed, all kinds of utensils and snacks are no longer provided. Parks and public places are manned. Basically, most people no longer need to go out. Those who are still on the streets at this time, the vast majority have a good reason.

But in fact, the number of new infections in Ho Chi Minh City is still very high even though the city has applied a distance of more than two months and only restricted people to go out after 18 hours. A series of neighboring localities also apply the same.

Explaining the number of Ho Chi Minh City, health experts give two main reasons, the high number of community infections and the delta strain with strong infectious properties.

So, the key issue here is to limit contact or limit movement?

Contact poses a risk of direct virus transmission, and movement if distanced and protective equipment is ensured, transmission is only possible when creating direct contact and usually at a distance of less than two meters.

Supermarkets, people’s markets, offices, factories, and essential production facilities still have potential risks of direct or indirect infection. Even measures to distribute shopping vouchers according to different days and times can only limit but not guarantee no virus infection.

Limiting contact, maximizing indirection of forwarding and delivery activities, in the form of intermediate delivery points, is it a solution? The way many countries have done, the shipper brings the goods to the door, put it in the box in front of the door or leave it, press the box’s code or ring the bell. The person who realizes to pick up the goods after the shipper has gone, holds an alcohol-soaked towel to wipe the surface of the goods.

Agricultural products and necessities will be channeled and gathered at transshipment points, then redistributed after a safe enough time. We have no shortage of cold storage systems. The production and export of agricultural products over the years has formed a widespread packaging and cold storage system in most of the specialized farming areas from the South to the North.

More broadly, traffic on national highways. The stagnation came immediately when the vehicles had to turn around at the gateways of some large cities, even unable to circulate even though the vehicle was only passing through the area. Thus, the consequence of some orders, has restricted circulation, not just limited contact.

Road transport accounts for about 72.3% of total freight volume, according to the General Statistics Office. In the first 11 months of 2020, the country’s transportation reached 1.6 billion tons of goods. With such a huge number, how much damage is the stagnation of national highways at the gateways of provinces and cities when the delivery service chain is the backbone of the economy?

Green channels, routes and vehicles that have been registered with priority transport vehicle identification cards issued by the Directorate for Roads and the Departments of Transport of provinces and cities are only temporary solutions. unable to meet the transportation demand is too large.

The necessity to have a negative test certificate, and it is only valid for 24 hours is creating a helpless scene when thousands of people wait for a test every day, both working hard and at a very high risk of infection. . Not to mention, the number of 24 hours or three days is a very emotional time frame if not meaningless, because the subject can contract the virus at any time. But if you want to go to the street, transport, that half of A4 paper is still required.

We want to limit social contact for fear of contagion, but it pushes people into situations where sometimes they are forced to contact and cause congestion everywhere. The pandemic is posing a need to clarify concepts from paper to road.

Two days ago, I tried to order a grocery bag through the electronic app. Very quickly, the order was closed and the delivery man brought it to my door in about 20 minutes. I opened the door to receive the goods, saw the shipper with austere figure, dark skin, long-sleeved clothes, masks, mica glasses, tight helmets.

“How are you still running?”, I asked, “Ah, the carrier has an essential service subscription, I only carry essential goods.”

The word “essential” is used as a guide to getting out. Only go out for essential purposes, and only essential items are transported, bought and sold.

But the word “essential” is very difficult to concretize. The story of the leader of Nha Trang city apologizing to a worker who went to buy bread and water is a typical example for the “oscillation amplitude” of this concept.

Separating the two goals of “limiting contact” or “restricting movement”, even dividing the group “to the road specializing in contact” separate from the group “to the road specializing in movement and transportation”, can greatly reduce under great pressure from people and businesses.

Because, for certain citizens who can still order food bags online within a few kilometers in the city, as I have shown, restricting movement is not a typical solution.

Gia Hien

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Bread is food


I was dissatisfied with the words of the ward deputy to the worker Tran Van Em, but I was also happy that his leader spoke out in a timely manner.

Mr. Nguyen Sy Khanh, Chairman of Nha Trang City People’s Committee has publicly apologized and accepted responsibility for the mistakes of his subordinates – Vice Chairman of Vinh Hoa Ward – Tran Le Huu Tho with Mr.

In the video of the case of handling administrative violations under Directive 16 on social distancing filmed by Mr. Tho himself, the deputy of the ward said that “bread is not essential” but “food”. Fortunately, the city’s leaders soon published a list of essential goods and affirmed that bread is also an essential food.

It was a right, timely and dignified action. If it is wrong, accept it, accept it as correct, decisively and frankly. Immediately, the overwhelming support of many comments on social media made me think of how we are inundated with news today.

In these emotional tumultuous days, it must be admitted that the cadres’ conduct was wrong. The keyword “bread” immediately caused laughter and laughter for the community. What’s different about the story is the subsequent quick correction by the city’s leadership.

Such an attitude is well received because perhaps this is not often seen in our society. Therefore, I sincerely hope the community will recognize that as a bright spot. Because more than ever, in addition to fighting the Covid 19 epidemic, we also have to fight a number of other epidemics: Translating fake news, negative news, and translating “policy interpretation”.

Fake news, as we know, has been rampant with the pandemic since the beginning of 2020. Fake news confuses people, causing unnecessary panic. From “last-minute news” such as the army will use helicopters to disinfect the whole city to the number of people who died from Covid 19 and were abandoned by hospitals. The management agency has sanctioned countless cases, but fake clips and announcements still crept everywhere, in closed groups, whispering to each other. Fake news wreaks havoc on the Internet community’s immune system.

But there is still a news that is considered “drinking bait” for netizens still exists. It’s a delta variant of fake news, which is “half-baked-half-truth” news. Like the story of citizen Tran Van Em who went to buy bread, many people just repeated “non-essential bread” over and over, ignoring the city’s sincere apology and request.

There are news that only live half a life – stop at the point where it gets annoying. As the story of the lack of ventilators in Ho Chi Minh City hospitals is shared crazy, but the transfer of 299 ventilators to Ho Chi Minh City on July 18 or the addition of 800 ventilators on July 19 was almost ignored.

The way many people use social media for bad purposes, or unknowingly only care about the negative, causing the public to be led astray is called “drink news”. Buttons that share bad news become “disgusting share buttons”, only half the truth is shown, in order to create emotion and outrage. The destructive power of this type of media causes negative psychology, mutual distrust and erosion of social capital. That is the real epidemic that is spreading dangerously.

The brother’s accident also poses another problem, which is not new now, which is the role of officials at all levels, everywhere, in the implementation of common guidelines.

With decentralization and decentralization, localities can independently issue epidemic prevention directives in their localities. From the general direction of the central and provincial levels to the ultimate enforcer, many policies have been interpreted based on the capacity and sometimes the will of each person. According to the leader of Nha Trang City, Mr. Tho had “insufficient awareness” leading to “improper handling of the spirit” of Directive 16.

Not only “bread” and “essential goods”, over the past time we have argued about concepts such as passports, negative tests, isolation, medical declarations… a lot of confusion between anti-epidemic boundaries.

When Hanoi was “closed to the cage” on June 22, 2021, the restaurant was open until 9 pm. But in some places, when I took my family out to dinner, the official vehicle of the ward staff went on patrol and called for restaurants to close at 20 o’clock. Shippers are angry but do not dare to argue because “for fear of being ignored by them, it is difficult to do long-term business”.

What makes me feel ridiculous is not the ward’s request to close earlier than prescribed, but the tone of voice shouting at people. The cadres have a young face, only about the age of the children of many shippers, but the way they say it really makes me angry.

“Is that woman deaf? If you sit there, don’t turn off the lights and close the door”, “Everyone get up and go home, don’t eat or drink anything, don’t you feel scared? then they also “you”, “me” or say nothing to the elderly, threatening to collect all the goods.

I understand that they are doing hard work, with the same fear of epidemic prevention and some people’s lack of awareness, but that is not a reason to shout or bully. If I were like those who opportunistically like, record clips and post them online, there would be more stories for society to discuss. Reporting like that definitely helps me “float” without worrying about being penalized.

The story of the bread makes us question, are the current anti-epidemic concepts uniformly understood and consistently implemented? Although soon after that, the locality issues a document listing what is considered essential goods, but this is also the time when the Government or functional ministries come up with a clear conceptual system for consistent application across the country. the whole country instead of letting each enforcement officer understand and apply it in his own way.

In the midst of blurred lines, only the weak suffer. We do not know how many situations of injustice may have occurred in places, how many short people have become pitiful violators because of spontaneous interpretations in policy implementation.

In “Creating News”, Danish international journalist and speaker Ulrik Haagerup introduces a new concept of news: the world’s best news. The stories in this category are as follows: The number of children dying each day is now 17,000 fewer than in 1990; 90% of the world’s population has access to clean water; the annual deforestation area has decreased by 3.1 million acres; The number of deaths from malaria has decreased by 42% since 2000.

The good news above is akin to “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” aka “Crusoe Therapy” by German journalist Stefan Klein. Simply put, when we look at a glass half empty or half full, we will locate a negative or positive attitude towards an event. Therefore, I don’t know if Mr. Tho has apologized to Mr. Em or not, but I still think: “Bread is the best news of the day”.

Hoang Anh Tu

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