2017 Projects

Vietnamese deaf students: they’ve got eyes!

The gang's all here! photo:  Nguyen

The gang’s all here!
photo: Nguyen

February 2017  Tuy Hoa, Vietnam

The first thing we had to learn was how to pronounce the name of this south-central Vietnamese city:  Twee Wha.  Located in the province of Phu Yen, the city is on the South China Sea, with a long, undeveloped beach and rough water.  Our sponsors were MCNV (Medical Committee Netherlands Vietnam), with whom we

MCNV staff, two Thuys: upper right and lower left!

MCNV staff, two Thuys: upper right and lower left!

worked in 2016.  So after a quick meeting with them in Hanoi, where they were celebrating a late Tet with a talent show… we flew to Tuy Hoa.

 

 

Thuy #1 rocks while Thuy #2 applauds.

Thuy #1 rocks while Thuy #2 applauds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thuy #2 came with us to Tuy Hoa and brought us to the center for physically and mentally challenged youth where we were to teach 7 students and 5 teachers.

1st day of workshop:  note Vietnamese coffee.  Thank you, Thuy #2

1st day of workshop: note Vietnamese coffee. Thank you, Thuy #2

 

 

 

 

1st day, 7 am, in time for the weekly flag ceremony.  Because the students are deaf,  they sign the national anthem to the beat of an enormous and very loud drum.

Flag Monday

Flag Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here they are:

Tran Thi Tuyet Duong photo:Thai

Tran Thi Tuyet Duong
photo:Thai

Duong, pronounced Yung, is the school’s vice-principal .  She was also our energetic, patient, giggly sign-language interpreter. She has been working here for 24 years and plans to teach what she has learned in this workshop to other children.

Assignment:  use macro photo:  Duong

Assignment: use macro
photo: Duong

 

 

 

 

Nguyen, translator, photographer, problem-solver, friend

Nguyen, translator, photographer, problem-solver, friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thai, age 13, loves photography but wants to be a mechanic.  He loves cars, motorcycles, and bicycles.

Thai photo:  Duong

Thai
photo: Duong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assignment:  photo of someone at work photo:  Thai

Assignment: photo of someone at work
photo: Thai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tram, pronounced Cham, is a new teacher who loves working with disadvantaged chlldren.

Tram photo:  Dat

Tram
photo: Dat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assignment:  mystery photo photo:  Tram

Assignment: mystery photo
photo: Tram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 18, Dat’s only family is his mother.  He hopes to  work to support his mum and himself in the future.

Dat photo:  Tram

Dat
photo: Tram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Field trip to the beach
photo: Dat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huong has been teaching here for 24 years.  She loves her students because they are disadvantaged.

Huong photo: Thanh

Huong
photo: Thanh

 

 

 

 

Asssignment: Shoot something moving photo: Huong

Asssignment: photo of something/one moving
photo: Huong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanh photo:  Huong

Thanh
photo: Huong

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanh is 12 years old and loves taking beautiful photos of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assigment: photograph an orange 5 ways photo:  Thanh

Assigment: photograph an orange 5 ways
photo: Thanh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoa has two daughters.  He has taught here for 14 years and loves seeing the children develop and grow every day.

Le Van Hoa photo:  Tien

Le Van Hoa
photo: Tien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assignment:  photo of someone working/playing photo:  Hoa

Assignment: photo of someone working/playing
photo: Hoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tien, 15,  loves basketball and wants to be a basketball player; he also wants to be a fisherman because he grew up in a fishing village.

Tien photo:  Hoa

Tien
photo: Hoa

Assignment: portrait of someone not in this workshop photo:  Tien

Assignment: portrait of someone not in this workshop
photo: Tien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dao has taught here for two years.  She hopes to take more beautiful photos after this class and to travel more to new places she can photograph.

Dao photo:  Hop

Dao
photo: Hop

 

 

 

 

Assignment:  Capture a mood photo:  Dao

Assignment: Capture a mood
photo: Dao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hop, 16, never knew how to use a camera, but she does now.  She wants to be a shoe maker because she wants to protect people’s feet.

Hop photo: Dao

Hop
photo: Dao

 

 

 

Assignment:  Capture a mood photo:  Hop

Assignment: Capture a mood
photo: Hop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thien photo:  Hop

Thien
photo: Hop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thien, 17, wants to be a tailor because she loves designing new clothes. She enjoys taking photos and hopes to take photos of the clothes she designs.

 

 

Assignment:  Photo of someone at work photo:  Thien

Assignment: Photo of someone at work
photo: Thien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because these students were born deaf, it’s hard for them to express themselves verbally.  So our translator Nguyen and vice-principal Doang helped them with their artist statements.

IMG_4335

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we talked less and went on field trips to the market, to the beach (one block away), and to the old tower built by the Champa people.

Tower built by Champa people, early Vietnamese

Tower built by Champa people, early Vietnamese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the beach

At the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach field trip with wind

Beach field trip with wind

 

 

 

 

At the market photo:  Hop

At the market
photo: Hop

 

 

Conference photo:  Nguyen

Conference
photo: Nguyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nat, Nguyen, Duong

Nat, Nguyen, Duong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing the exhibition:

Editing photos for exhibition

Editing photos for exhibition

 

What to leave in, what to leave out...

What to leave in, what to leave out…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final selection!

Final selection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting the photos on the board

Getting the photos on the board

 

 

 

 

 

Looking good!

Looking good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many hands make for quick work

Many hands make for quick work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dat shows his photos to some younger students

Dat shows his photos to some younger students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nguyen explains what's on the MY STORY certificate

Nguyen explains what’s on the MY STORY certificate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations! photo:  Nguyen

Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department of miscellaneous photos…just for fun!

Duong is protected from everything!

Duong is protected from everything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duong and Huong are protected from everything!

Duong and Huong are protected from everything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographer shooting photographers photo:  Nguyen

Photographer shooting photographers
photo: Nguyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo:  Nguyen

photo: Nguyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



One Response to “Vietnamese deaf students: they’ve got eyes!”

  1. Helen Opie says:

    What a lovely time your photo missive has given me! Thank you. I found it was easier or different relating to this one than previous posts and think it is because there were more photos of you two showing you engaged with your group. You are familiar to me and made a strong bridge into this group of ‘strangers’ (from my viewpoint) so that I could relate to and distinguish among them better. Greetings to you from me,
    Helen O

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