Foto’s Blog: An Excellent Form of Diplomacy in Vietnam

Mar 22, 2011   //   Foto's Blog, Vietnam  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: An Excellent Form of Diplomacy in Vietnam


NEW Phodographer Connie Kantar in Hanoi, Vietnam March 2011

Connie and her husband just returned from a vacation to Vietnam and Cambodia. Connie wrote that “All recipients of a Dog Meets World photo were extremely excited and appreciative. Thank you very much for introducing me to this outstanding idea. From my experience, it was an excellent form of diplomacy.

They also encountered a street musician in Hanoi seen above in the photo and she tells this story:

His name is Mr. Hai Tatri, a retired engineer and he plays the violin and the guitar. We had stopped to ask his friend, a calligrapher, if he would create a calligraphy for us. As we waited, Mr. Tatri struck up a tune, The Star Spangled Banner! Before we knew it, we were all singing along with him, he had a very good voice! as we belted out our national anthem in the capitol city of what was North Vietnam, a country with which we were at war so many years ago. He knew all the words (better than we did!)! It was quite a scene and event and he loved getting his photo on the spot with Foto!

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