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LE NGOC HUY - VU VIET DUNG

BIIEllHOOD
ETHNIC AND CULTURAL PUBLISHING HOUSE - 2011

In Vietnam, motorbikes are an essential means to make a living for poor labourers. Just like humans, every bike has its own soul and fate. The motorbike is one of the most common symbols in modern Vietnamese life. The country has over 20 million bikes, which are put to use from the most rural corners of the country to the largest cities; from the coastal dunes to remote mountain roads. No other means of transportation has proven more flexible and suitable for the livelihoods of Vietnamese people than the motorbike. Not only a means of travel, the motorbike cradles a heavy responsibility: "making a living" for so many people. As wheels turn through sun and the rain, dust and the hustle of outdoor markets and city streets, dodging every treacherous corner of hardship, they carry with them the tears of their owner's determination in the everlasting search for hope and happiness. 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, including mountains of fresh fruit and vegetables, potted trees and flowers, construction equipment, livestock or the entire extended family-all the while riding it as fast as they can. The bike's technical limitations don't matter. Neither do traffic laws. Driven by a natural and irrevocable mission we all share in bettering our own lives, people "bike" their living, knowing that their loved ones are depending upon the wages of their daily journeys. Using a motorbike in Vietnam has become an art form combining the art of loading, driving, and mapping the safest and quickest way to reach the destination without losing their way. The bike's fate is linked to its owner. Many in Vietnam draw their last breaths on their bikes. No longer a senseless object, the bike becomes a shoulder to cry on, a soul to share. The bike-load has become the bikelihood ...

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Vegetables and fruits

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Mats

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White radish

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Slaughtered pigs

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Eggs

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Daisy

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Chickens and Ducks

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Coconuts

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Truck lyres

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Oil cans

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Photo frame

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Shoes

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Bread

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Fresh fish

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Wheel

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Griddle

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Pomelos

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Grocery supplier

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Plastic bags

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Flour

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Bird cages

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Chickens

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Bike accessories

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Incense

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Vegetables

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Small crabs

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Rugs

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Plastic bags

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Vennicelli

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Bananas

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Ornamental fish

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Ornamental trees

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Phrynium leaves

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Jackfruit

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Garden hoses

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Iron nets

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Slaughtered pig

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Popcorn

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Chickens

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Water storage tank

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Omamental flowers

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Ceramic vases

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Used plastic cans

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Garden hoses

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Vegetables and fruits

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Plastic household products

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Mats

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Peach tree

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Vegetables

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Decorative

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Fruit boxes

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RubbersbJffs

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Mats

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Eggs

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Piglets

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Used tyres

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Racks for water

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Wood furniture

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Sugarcane

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Foam boxes

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Recycle

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We would like to express our thanks to 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 design talent. Thanks to Adam Bray, writer for CNN and Vietnam travel guides for Insight Guides, DK Eyewitness, Thomas Cook and Berlitz, for his contributions to this edition. It's been a rewarding opportunity for us to create and develop the second edition ofthis book for you, the reader. Through this book, we hope that you will gain a better understanding of how so many Vietnamese people 'bike for a living: We hope that you enjoy Bikelihood.

Photography: Le NgocHuy VuViet Dung Text: Nguyen Viet Hung Tran Ha Nguyen Adam Bray All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced without the prior written permission of SahaBook Corporation.

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Register No.: 649-2011 ICXB/1-29SNHDT. Publishing License No.: 90-11/QD-XB VHDT 300 copies, printed by Saigon 3 Printing Company. Size 26cmx18cm. Printed and deposited in August 2011.

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