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Chao Thi Yen: an inspiring ethnic minority young woman from Lao Cai Province (Dao Community)

It is not easy to escape from poverty and pursue dreams. But it is even more difficult if you are a girl and from a remote ethnic minority group. This was the case of Chao Thi Yen, a young woman from Dao Tuyển ethnic minority community, located in Nậm Chạc Village, Lào Cai Province (Viet Nam).
After finishing secondary school, Chao Yen wanted to continue studying at the university but due to cultural reasons, traditions and family pressures, it was not simple, on the contrary, it was very challenging. “In my hometown if you were able to write your name, it was enough. All the members of my community tried to convince my parents to not allow me to go to university”, remembers Chao Yen. But her expectations and dreams were very strong and luckily she had incredible support from her teacher who went every day to her house over the period of three years to persuade her parents. Finally, both Chao Yen’s determination and the teacher’s perseverance proved the difference.