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liKELIHOOD

LE NGOC HUY - VU VIET DUNG

BIIEllHOOD
ETHNIC AND CULTURAL PUBLISHING HOUSE - 2010

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Photography supplied in partnership with Lonely Planet Images

In Vietnam, motorbikes are means to make a living by poor laborers. And just like humans, every bike has its own fate and soul. The motorbike is one of the most common sights in the Vietnamese life. The country has over 20 million bikes, which present themselves together with their owners - poor laborers, small traders - everywhere, from the most rural corner to the largest cities, from the coast to the remote mountain roads. No other means of transportation has proven more flexible, suitable for the livelihood journey than the motorbike. Thus, not only a means of travel, the motorbike bears in its cradle a heavy responsibility: "making a living" for so many. As the wheels turn through the sun and the rain, the dust and the hustle of life, dodging every treacherous corner of hardship, they bring with them tears of determination in the everlasting search for smiles of joy and hope, however rare they

may be. On and on, the poor motorbikes are squeezed to their last drops. The bike carries on its back a small world. People burden it with everything and anything they can, and try to ride it as fast as they can. The bike's technicallimitations don't matter. Neither do traffic laws. Driven by a natural and irreversible mission, people "bike" their living, knowing that their loved ones are waiting for the bacon to come home. The bike's fate is attached with its owner. Some drew their last breaths on their bikes. No longer a senseless object, the bike becomes a shoulder to cry on, a soul to share. And the bike-load has become the bike-lihood ... Using a motorbike in Vietnam has become an art - the art of loading, driving, and how to map the safest and quickest way to the destination - without breaking the traffic rules, of course ...

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Piglets

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PVC pipes

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Rattan baskets

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Used lyres

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Eggs

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Rubber stuffs

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Decorative apricot blossom

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Mats

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Kumquat tree

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Lunch plastic boxes

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Coconuts

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Piggy banks

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Ceramic vases

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Lunch plastic boxes

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Oil cans

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Ceramic vases

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Slaughtered pig

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Vermicelli

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Plastic household products

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Vegetables and fruits

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Grocery supplier

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Chickens

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Iron nets

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Fruit boxes

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Vegetables

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Votive offerings

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Incense

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Pomelos

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Plastic buckets

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Vegetables and fruits

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Truck tyres

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Ornamental flowers

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Vegetables

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Boiled corns

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Used plastic

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Jerrycans

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Tissue

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Spondias dulcis

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Slaughtered pigs

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Phrynium leaves

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Mats

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Mattresses

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Pig

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Ornamental flowers

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Instant noodle boxes

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Bird cages

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Water plastic barrels

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Street vendor

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Phrynium leaves

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Food products

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Food products

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Daisy

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Lion head

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Instant noodles

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Bananas

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Slaughtered pigs

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Funeral wreaths

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Vegetables

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Vegetables

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Calabash

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Rugs

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Fresh fish

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Construction tools

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Tissue boxes

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Fruits

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Ceramic vases

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Mats

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Kumquat tree

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Chickens

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Tissue

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Mats

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Garden hoses

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Flowers

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Bananas

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Firewood

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Wheel rims

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Griddle

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Garden hoses

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Rattan products

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Rugs and brooms

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Peach tree

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Coconuts

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Plastic bags

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Dried vennicelli

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Mats

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Flour

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Plastic cords

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Garden hoses

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Desk

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Chickens

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Slaughtered pigs

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Plastic products

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Bamboo chairs

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Plastic bags

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Plastic baskets

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Ornamental trees

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Bamboocylin_

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Vegetables and fruits

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Jerrycans

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Plastic bags

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Flowers

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Sedge sheets

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Mattress

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Ornamental fish

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Goats

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Popcom

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Bike accessories

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Still coconuts

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Plastic tables

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Eggs

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Brooms

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Small crabs

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Foam boxes

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Cloth

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Slaughtered pigs

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Artificial flowers

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Jenycans

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Chickens

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Recycled wastes

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Bikes on the rails

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Bananas

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Water storage tank

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We would like to express our thanks toward two photographers, Le Ngoc Huy and Vu Viet Dung. They spent a great amount of time to take lively photos of Vietnamese bikes for this book. Thanks to Nguyen Viet Hung and Tran Ha Nguyen for their support in developing the content. Special thanks to Le Ngoc Huy for his skillful and excellent designing talent. A very special thanks goes to Lonely Planet Images for the photography partnership with SahaBook. It's been a great opportunity for us to coordinate on creating and developing this photo book and bring it to you. Through the book, we wish that you all can have a better view of how many Vietnamese people are biking a living with their lives. 'Blkellhood; one word says it all. We hope that you will all enjoy this.

Photography: Le NgocHuy VuViet Dung Lonely Planet Images Text: Nguyen Viet Hung Tran Ha Nguyen All rights reserved. No part ofthis book may be reproduced without the prior written permission of SahaBook Corporation. ISBN:978-604-70-0031-9

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