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Global Nomad — By jcampos on April 18, 2010 at 11:43 am
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Ice Cream Sales, Northern Vietnam

The oldest of three regions, Northern Vietnam is said to the birthplace of both Vietnamese people and culture dating back to some 2000 year ago. Since then, cities such as Hanoi, Hai Phong and Nam Dinh City have exploded in both size and population density, thus leaving many inhabitants at the mercy of poverty.

Large families have been hardest hit, often resulting in children having to abandon their studies, if having started at all, to adopt a life in street selling. The item of choice in Norther Vietnamese cities as well as hill stations is ice cream. As odd as it may seem, ice cream sales by their children provide countless families with a little extra income each day, affording them the opportunity to care for the entire family, thus avoiding the harsh alternatives of selling or abandoning their children.

So next time you are wandering the busy streets of Hanoi or the quiet tracks of a hill station, be sure to indulge in an ice cream treat if offered as the benefits run far deeper than can be seen at first glance.

Copyright Jennifer Campos 2010

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