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每日英語跟讀 Ep.K074: About Vietnam - Vietnamese man with five metre hair says lifelong grow-out is divine calling 越南5公尺長髮男子與落後生育觀念

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每日英語跟讀 Ep.K074: About Vietnam - Vietnamese man with five metre hair says lifelong grow-out is divine calling

While coronavirus lockdowns caused many men across the world to grow their hair longer than usual, none compare with Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Chien who has gone almost 80 years without a trim.


The 92-year-old from the southern Mekong Delta region is the proud owner of five-metre long dreadlocks, owing to his belief in a faith that prescribes leaving untouched what a person is born with.


"I believe if I cut my hair I will die. I dare not to change anything, not even combing it," Nguyen told Reuters in his village about 80km west of Ho Chi Minh City.


"I only nurture it, cover it in a scarf to keep it dry and clean and looking nice."


Nguyen, who worships nine powers and seven gods, believes it was his calling to grow his hair, which he bundles up under an orange turban.


He was required to trim it when at school, but left after third grade and decided never to cut, comb or wash it again.


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Vietnamese woman having abortions twice in two years 沒人談性:2年內墮胎2次的越南女子

20-year-old Huong has had two abortions in two years. No one had ever talked to her about sex: not her parents, not her teachers - and her friends knew as little as she did. She is not alone.


A lack of sex education at home or in school in Vietnam, has resulted in some relying on abortion as a form of contraception, experts say.


Parents edge away from the topic of safe sex and society "has no idea what sex education is and how to do it," said 23-year-old Linh Hoang.


Together with three friends all in their early 20s, Linh runs sex education start-up WeGrow Edu in Hanoi, where they stash gift boxes filled with sanitary pads, pregnancy tests and condoms - as well as vital guides on how and when teens might use them.

黃玲和3名同樣20歲出頭的朋友,一起在河內經營一家名為WeGrow Edu的性教育初創公司。她們會在禮物盒中裝滿衛生棉、驗孕棒、保險套,以及教導青少年何時及如何使用的重要指南。

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