Commentary: The passing of Nguyễn Công Hùng has stirred the outpouring of public love and admiration on the internet in Vietnam.
Nguyễn Công Hùng was handicapped and able to move only one finger. Born in 1982, despite the physical disadvantages due to an unknown condition of muscular dystrophy, his mind and spirit were strong and helped him to become an expert in information technology.
Through his entrepreneurial skills and charity works, he was so loved and admired by all walks of life that he was frequently called “hiệp sĩ công nghệ” or IT Knight.
He has lived life to the fullest, from travelling to different places, attempt to run for National Assembly office, experiencing love and being a real patriot by publicly denouncing China’s aggression.
If 90 million Vietnamese citizens had his spirit, Vietnam would have nothing to fear from the giant northern Middle Empire.
The handicapped information technology expert Nguyễn Công Hùng, 31, died on December 31, on a business trip from HCM City to Vinh Long Province.
The burial was held in Hung’s hometown on the afternoon of January 3. Currently, the family did not know the cause of the sudden death of Hung.
Born in 1982 in Nghi Loc, Nghe An province, Hung grew normally as other children until he reached the age of two. The boy was shrunken with muscle disease. The family brought him to many hospitals for treatment, but no results, Hung had to sit in a wheelchair for life.
Despite the disease, Hung studied very well, especially in mathematics and fine arts. At the age of 15, when Hung was in poor health, he could only move only one finger. His sister suffered from the same disease so Hung had to be absent from school.
This time, Hung got familiar with computers and the internet. Intelligence and willpower, extraordinary courage helped Hung become an IT expert, even with a finger that could move. From here, the idea of helping people with disabilities by information technology flashed.
In 2003, Hung formed the “Circle of Unity” group to realize his idea. In 2004, he opened an IT training center for people with disability at his home.
In 2005, he was granted the title “IT Knight” by E-Chip magazine of VietNamNet Newspaper. In 2006, Hung was one of 10 people to win an inaugural Volunteer Award for his work on improving services for disabled people.
He ran a social enterprise called “The Will to Live” that assists the disabled in getting vocational training and finding work. Their courses cover English, web programming, and IT skills for the office. More than 750 people have graduated from the courses, half of whom have already secured jobs.
Hung also set up a website for this purpose, The Will to Live, which had more than 30,000 members around the world as of 2006.
Compiled by S. Tung