Here are photos of some of the many people dear to Lina and me in Hanoi.

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Phuong worked with Linda and me in Quaker Service Vietnam from 1991 to 1993. She continues to do wonderful work as the director of the Center for Sustainable Community Development, in remote minority villages in the mountainous north.

Lady & Quang

Lady Borton is a researcher, writer and editor with long and deep knowledge of Vietnam. She introduced us to Hanoi and some of the subtleties of Vietnamese culture.  Here she and Quang, Phuong’s husband, are enjoying a good joke!

Thuan

Thuan (on the left), an expert on water and irrigation, supervised all our water projects in the early 90s. He designed and supervised the construction of dams, canals, filtration systems; clambered into water tanks to test the cement with his pen knife; and organized training courses in water management. His wife Binh and their son are also water engineers, here with one of their grandchildren at Tet, the New Year.

Computer Ha

Ha installed and kept our computer systems running.  He brought us out of the Dark Ages!

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Chinh, here with his wife, drove us to distant projects. He got us there and back safely, for which I will always be grateful.

Ha & Pup

Ha, Phuong’s daughter, now works for an international NGO. We were lucky to find her in Hanoi as she travels constantly from her home in Saigon to projects and trainings in Vietnam and abroad.

Bac Hoai

Bac Hoai was our night watchman and gatekeeper at 26 Lien Tri Street, where my family lived and where we had our office.

Mme. Ly

Anh and Dung, on the right, work with Phuong in CSCD. Anh, in orange, travels north with Phuong, while Dung keeps the books and the office. We are visiting Mme. Ly and her husband Hieu.

Ly & Hieu

Mme. Ly taught art at the Hanoi International School in the 1990s, and she also tutored Anna and Sam in art. She and Hieu are wonderful painters and lacquer artists.

Natasha at Cafe Cong

We met Natasha when she taught Anna Russian. We then came to know her as a gallery owner, expert on avant garde art in Vietnam and on the textiles of the Tai minority in northern Vietnam …

Lina and Tan

… and wife and now curator of the artistic legacy of Vu Dan Tan, an extraordinary artist.

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Tan stands with me at the door of his home with Natasha, and their gallery. This photo was taken in July 2009.

Tan's Grave

His tombstone, photographed the next spring, is almost as unconventional as his art.

Nyusha

Nyusha, daughter of Tan and Natasha, has studied in Hanoi, Moscow, Beijing and Toronto, and now works in a UN office in New York! She stands in front of some of her father’s work.

Mama

Mama, Tan’s mother, sits by the door and watches the life on the street pass by with keen interest and a sense of humor!

Dinner with Natasha

Hao

Hao is a journalist and translator who now runs her own NGO giving team building trainings for Vietnamese. She lives in Hanoi and her training center is in Soc Son, out near the airport.

Sasha

Sasha Butterfly is the world expert on Vietnamese butterflies. I met him when we were both extras in a French film about Dien Bien Phu! Here in 2013 with his wife Thao and their son Markusha.

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Thao and Markusha in 2016.

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Khuong, on the right, is a superb martial artist. He taught Taekwando to Anna, Sam and me. Here he is with his wife, two sons and a visiting friend.

Papi Kinh Do

The patriarch of Kinh Do Cafe, “Papi Kinh Do”, is now in his mid or late 90s. He speaks elegant French, remembers the visit of Catherine Deneuve when she was filming “Indochine”, and enjoys our visit. We go there for croissants, coffee, yogurt and conversation with him and his daughter Michelle.

Toothpicks

Two new friends who create remarkable bamboo sculptures from chopsticks! On his lap, you can see the completed figure of a street vendor carrying her wares in two baskets that hang from a bamboo carrying pole.

 

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