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Meet the American who cleans Hanoi’s walls
Updated at Monday, 21 Aug 2017, 15:25
The Job Prize of Bui Xuan Phai Award went to American Paul George Harding. Harding, an American veteran, is being recognized for his efforts to clean advertisements posted illegally on public walls, inspiring local youth and hundreds of his Vietnamese students to do the same.
A veteran of the American war in Vietnam now spends his days cleaning the walls of Hanoi and teaching English to Vietnamese students. His mission to rid Hanoi of advertisements posted illegally on public walls has inspired local youths and hundreds of his students to do the same.
Over the past month, residents of Nguyen Ngoc Vu Street in Hanoi’s Cau Giay District have spotted a strange ‘Westerner’ diligently removing posters from local wells, regardless of the weather.
The man’s name is Paul George Harding, a 69-year-old American who has found purpose in his new home, in a country he once fought against. His mission is simple: if every Hanoians spend some time to remove a single poster every day, the city’s walls would be beautiful in no time.
Paul first came to Vietnam in 1969 as a soldier during the American war in Vietnam, where he served for four years. After returning home having experienced the full brutality of war, Paul became an anti-war activist, working to end it.
Paul said coming to Vietnam was his way of apologizing for the suffering his country had caused to the Vietnamese people. Upon seeing the walls of the Vietnamese capital littered with posters and flyers, Paul decided that he had to act.
Meet the American who cleans Hanoi’s walls.
Meet the American who cleans Hanoi’s walls.
The Job Prize of Bui Xuan Phai Award went to American Paul George Harding.
The Job Prize of Bui Xuan Phai Award went to American Paul George Harding.
Harding, an American veteran, is being recognized for his efforts to clean advertisements posted illegally on public walls.
Harding, an American veteran, is being recognized for his efforts to clean advertisements posted illegally on public walls.
A veteran of the American war in Vietnam now spends his days cleaning the walls of Hanoi and teaching English to Vietnamese students.
A veteran of the American war in Vietnam now spends his days cleaning the walls of Hanoi and teaching English to Vietnamese students.
His mission to rid Hanoi of advertisements posted illegally on public walls has inspired local youths and hundreds of his students to do the same.
His mission to rid Hanoi of advertisements posted illegally on public walls has inspired local youths and hundreds of his students to do the same.
Over the past month, residents of Nguyen Ngoc Vu Street in Hanoi’s Cau Giay District have spotted a strange ‘Westerner’ diligently removing posters from local wells, regardless of the weather.
Over the past month, residents of Nguyen Ngoc Vu Street in Hanoi’s Cau Giay District have spotted a strange ‘Westerner’ diligently removing posters from local wells, regardless of the weather.
The man’s name is Paul George Harding, a 69-year-old American who has found purpose in his new home, in a country he once fought against.
The man’s name is Paul George Harding, a 69-year-old American who has found purpose in his new home, in a country he once fought against.
if every Hanoians spend some time to remove a single poster every day, the city’s walls would be beautiful in no time.
If every Hanoians spend some time to remove a single poster every day, the city’s walls would be beautiful in no time.
The Job Prize of Bui Xuan Phai Award went to American Paul George Harding.
The Job Prize of Bui Xuan Phai Award went to American Paul George Harding.
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