Different cultures

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By © Teresa Saunderseducation journalist and children’s writer

Respect and understanding between different cultures is the key to world peace. Read Nhung’s story to find out about and celebrate diversity

“My name is Nhung. I am ten years old and I live in Vietnam. My parents are rice farmers. We also grow fruit and vegetables, and we have a buffalo, chickens and ducks. I like to feed them because it helps my parents.

We are Dao people. We wear very different clothes. Women wear wooden hats and colourful embroidered costumes. We also speak a different language. Most of our people can’t afford to buy land and, like my family, they rent from the government.

I get up at five o’clock and cook rice soup, then walk to school. Lessons are in Vietnamese, but I like learning it, even though it is a different language. I only go to school in the morning as I have to look after my sisters so my parents can work. I miss going to school.

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