VietNamNet Bridge – 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 - http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en. 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.
The bulletin of the Vietnamese Youth Association in Japan (VYSA) at www.vysaip.org 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.
Though 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.
On 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 email@example.com, 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.
“With 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 http://vysajp.blogspot.com.
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.