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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE ItTHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, April 3, 1973 American life difficult for war brides By ANN' BLACKMAN SPRING LAKE. N.C. V.lien Xen Thi Richie lets her thoughts drift back to Vietnam, sh3 remembers seeing movies of America "so pretty and beautiful" and nothing about the muddy trailer park near Fort Bragg where she lives today. United States Army Special- ist 5 Dennis Richie asked her to marry him, convincing her to leave the resort town of Vung Tau on the South China Sea where she said she worked as a bargirl. "When in Vietnam, he went my Mrs. Richie ex- plained through an interpreter "In America I follow his." But 5he admits it's not easy. Xen Thi Richie is one of about Vietnamese war brides who have come to Amer- ica in the last four years. She 'has tried to adapt quickly, but everything is different: the customs, food, language, man- ners, weather. Unlike Mrs. Richie, many of the women faced problems even before leaving Vietnam; bribes to obtain a passport, red tape around the marriage proced- ures, arguments with her fam- ily, doubts about his. Mrs. Richie, a delicate wo- man with striking black hair, finds herself in a small coun- try town miles away frccn the big-city skyscrapers she said she had dreamed about. Her biggest disappointment, she HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 328-2860 FOR PICKUP SERVICE OR LEAVE AT 412 1st AVE. S. said, is that she is dependent on her husband to drive her everywhere. "I can't walk from the house to the store or the she said. "My husband must drive me, and much of the time, he is too busy." So, much of the time she stays home. TALK IS CHILD-LIKE Richie, a thin man who has been in the army nine years, said talks to his wife like a small child because she speaks little English. And still, much is misunderstood. Money is a problem because his dollar doesn't stretch as far as it did in Vietnam. A few trailers away, U.S. Army Force S. Sgt. Edward G. Miller of Baltimore lives with his camera shy Vietnamese wife and their three-month-old son. Miller, a hefty man with a tattoo on his arm and a good cross around bos neck, said he speaks "only the dirty words" I in Vietnamese. I One Vietnamese woman who has lived in America for five years said she is most bothered by the fast pace. "Everything is slow down at she said. "You don't rush for everything. You have siesta at lunchtime." "At home I had three maids. Here I have a dishwasher and a vacuum cleaner, but I have to do all the work myself." Samuel M. James of Dur- ham, counsels 20 of the 100 Vietnamese-American couples living in the Fort Bragg area. said communica'don, money and home-sickness are three big problems most of these cou- ples face. "If they don't speak each other's language on an in-depth level, they can't talk when they're angry, crying or when they Jan.es said in an in- terview. James said many of the Viet- namsse women have trouble adapting to American customs. EATO CATALOGUE CLEARANCE SPRING COATS, SUITS AND JACKETS Look at the value in this grand group of women's spring coats, suits and jackets all priced 'way 'way low for quick clearance. Value that seldom comes your way and right when you are looking forward to Spring. Better be prompt for best selection. (1) MISSES' SPRING Coats Here's exciting value in a group of Spring coats all priced to put money in your pocket. Of course they are in a broken size range which explains the low prices but sizes 10 to 18 in the group. Assorted colors and styles. Each 1459 to 32 .99 (2) MISSES' Jackets LOW, LOW PRICED Out they go we're clearing a group of jackets taken from our catalogue stock. As- sorted fabrics, styles and colors in pant coat lengihs. Broken size range but sizes 10 to 18 in the group. Each 7" to 17 .99 (3) WOMEN'S SPRING Suits A group of women's spring suits... some with pants others with skirts. Choose from assorted styles, fabrics and colors. Broken size range but sizes 12 to 18 and to in the group. Each 15 .99 to 29 .99 M Weer, Moin SHOP EATON'S WEDNESDAY 9 TO AND THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FROM 9 Til 9. BUY LINE 328-8811. USE YOUR EATON COME TRUE CARD FOR CONVENIENT SHOPPING. The little folks of the woods and the land of make believe will soon entertain the public at the annual ice carnival produced by the Lethbridge Figure Skating Club. This year, Winnie the Pooh and Friends take to the ice on April 13 and 14 with shows at 8 p.m. and a special mati- nee at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Henderson Lake ice arena. Winnie and friends The cast includes an array of mushrooms, flowers, trees, bees, and of course Pooh Bear. Shown are Grant Sorenson as Owl, and left to right, Kelly Baver, Brenda Custom and Carol Obrigewitch. Tickets are available at Leister's Music Store and Lakeview Drugs Ltd. Eastern women overcoming tradition PORT ELIZABETH, South Af- rica (AP) Nazla L. Dane of Toronto, president of the Inter- national Federation of Business and Professional Women has found change in a woman's lot in the Middle and Far East where she has re- cently travelled. Now half way through her three-year term of office, she has already visited 41 of the 53 affiliated countrise representing half a million women and in- tends to visit them all before she hands over to her successor. Her present tour, lasting 82 days, is taking her through 23 countries with just a day or two in each city. Miss Dane, an educationist and businesswoman, said she has found dramatic change? in those countries where women were stepping out of a role im- posed by centuries of tradition. Iran, where the Shah wanted to lead the women into the 20th century before the advent of the 2lst century, was such a coun- try. Now equal opportunities in ed- YWCA news Tennis racquets are in full swing badminton birds are flying high. Swimmers are sporting the wet look, and the ladies getting fit are having their ups and downs. The new session of YWCA programs is now underway. Those wlio have failed to register are asked to please note that the following classes are now filled: Monday keep fit class at the civic centre Tennis lessons Mom and me swim classes Tuesday recreational swim Wednesday afternoon tiny tots creative movement Thursday morning swim les- sons Yoga Similar sessions will be m the new program commencing in September. Interested per- sons are advised to watch the news media for registration dates. The Lethbridge YWCA Syn- chronized Swim Club recently I made a gocd showing at the fwi meet in Ralston. Alia. Coin- :peting against the Brooks Sea Gu33s i contact 227-2284, I ucation existed for both sexes i and women were taking their place in business and profes- sions. In the short time of three years, due to the efforts of these women, the national income had increased by nine to 10 per cent annually. IMPRESSED IN JAPAN From Iran Miss Dane trav- elled to Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. The women of Bangladesh had an excellent BPW project and were deter- mined to make their country a viable one. In Korea, too, Miss Dane said she found BPW a lively organi- zation and in Japan there was a real break through. It was one of the most exciting places she bad visited. There the older women still walked two paces behind the men in the family but the younger women were walking alongside the men and demand- ing that things should be differ- ent for their sex. Miss Dane said there are still far too many discriminations against women and only when there was complete equality on merit in every phase of life would her organization's mem- bers have worked themselves out of a job. But Miss Dane is not a mem- ber of women's lib. "I have nothing against women's lib and if they can im- prove the situation for women In any way I am perfectly happy that they should work for us without knowing it. "But in Canada many of the young women's liberators are becoming members of our or- ganization because they want to do something about women's Mb but they want to do it in a more square fashion as we Miss I Dane said. LEGION BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY at 8 p.m. JACKPOT BLACKOUT IN 58 NUMBERS OR LESS (Increasing number per week until wen) 1st GAME JACKPOT 5th GAME (X) 10th GAME JACKPOT IN 53 NUMBERS FREE BUS SERVICE HOME AFTER BINGO MEMORIAL HALL PUBLIC MEMBERS AND GUESTS NORMANDY LOUNGE Children under 16 not allowed Sponsored by ladies Auxiliary to Canadian LtfiM Dollar for dollar, CIL wants you to get the best hiding power money can buy. Want to change your scene quickly and easily? Use CILTONE Satin Latex from CIL Its beautiful flat finish covers almost any color with one coat. 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