Vietnamese students in Japan relying on social networks on earthquake and tsunami days

Published: 17/03/2011 05:00



Social networks
have become important for fellow-travellers and Vietnamese students that
connect students with the outside world and relatives in Vietnam, helping them
survive and wait for aid.

In the last
few days, on the social network Facebook, information has been updated
regularly, through which Vietnamese students seek relatives and friends, and
contact parents in Vietnam.

A website
has been set up which bridges people in the earthquake and tsunami stricken
areas and their relatives and friends - .
On the website where people communicate in English, there are two parts “I’m
looking for someone” and “I have information about someone”, where information
has been updated regularly.

bulletin of the Vietnamese Youth Association in Japan (VYSA) at has become the “spiritual
fulcrum” for many Vietnamese parents who are seeking information about their
children now studying in Japan.

Chatting on
Skype and Yahoo Messenger proves to be the mostly used communication channel.
These, together with mobile phones, which have been regularly interrupted due
to bad transmission, have been the useful tools for the Vietnamese community to
communicate in the miserable days.

having traveled to many places, Do Quoc Viet, a Vietnamese student in Sendai, the epicenter, always keeps his Yahoo Messenger at
“available” mode and writes some words about his situation so as to reassure
his parents in Vietnam.

Seven years
ago, when sending his son to Japan
to study at a university, Nam
accessed to a website to seek information. Now, when Japan
is shaken by earthquake and tsunami, Nam once again accessed to the
website, and the information he can find on the website has brought warm
feelings to him.

Facebook, one can read the words that make everyone feel touched.

“Your old
parents are expecting your information, Saky Hien Telephone 819075632675”; “I
hope someone can help. I have an elder sister in Japan, Dao Bich Ngoc, who has a
Japanese husband. We tried to contact her, but we failed to do that”.

To Chinh, a
VietNamNet’s reader, with nickname ,
has received many replies from the Vietnamese students and people in Sendai and their families in Vietnam who are seeking help.

Hong Quang,
who is working in Sendai, also said that through
Skype, he has received a lot of calls from parents who asked about the
situation in Sendai
and about if the area is affected by radioactive.

Skype, I even could see the images of the earthquake in Sendai and could take pictures right on March
10,” To Chinh said. “Especially, I can update information about the people in
the epicenter”.

The notices
on VYSA prove to be the most awaiting information for now. Realizing this, the
Vietnamese Embassy in Vietnam
posted the information about the trip to Fukushima
and Sendai to
pick up Vietnamese people on March 16.

In an
effort to avoid network congestions, VYSA even set up another website at

Since March
12, sharing sympathy towards the Vietnamese community in Japan, VYSA’s collaborators, including Binh
Khiem, Anh Minh, Minh Hang, Le Minh, Ngoc Tu, Phuoc Dai, Quynh Anh, Thu Hong,
Ngoc Huyen, Thu Huong and Ngoc Anh have been updating information about the
situation and sending the information to Vietnam from 0.30 to 22 o’clock
every day.

On March
15, the Vietnamese Young Scientists’ Association in Japan introduced the documents on
the impacts of radioactive and the ways to prevent from radioactivity affection.
“This is really an important document which has warmed my son’s and my heart,”
said Ngoc Nam, who lives in
O Cho Dua residential quarter in Hanoi.

Van Chung

Provide by Vietnam Travel

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