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Families Around the World – Jan 31, 2011

In this series we look at some of the more interesting family stories from around the world over the past 7 days and this week we have some good ones!

Included in that list are stories from Vietnam, India, Japan, the USA and China.

Enjoy!

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Vietnam

We kick this week's edition of Families Around the World off with the story of a 9 year old Vietnamese boy who will shortlly become the youngest Asian to ever reach the south pole. Pham Vu Thieu Quang, who's expedition was funded by his family, is due to arrive at the south pole around the 3rd of February. 

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India

Here's coverage of a recent talk given by Mumbai High Court judge, A M Khanvilkar, highlighting his preference for mediation as a method for settling family disputes as compared to going through the court system.  

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Japan

Speaking about courts, from Japan we bring you news of a lawsuit against the Japanese government that has entered the court system, which claims that a civil law forcing women to choose a single surname after marriage violates their constitutional rights. the source of the problem is that the current "one surname per family" policy means women must adopt their husband's name after marriage

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USA

From the USA we have the story of Carlitos Galindo, a rising star in the sport of Polo traditionally dominated by the rich and Argentinians. Galindo, the child of Mexican immigrants comes from a long line of polo players known for their skill and speed on a horse. 

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CHINA

Finally, here's an amazing photo-blog of the world's biggest human migration which is now under way in China. Over 230 Million people will  travel to their family homes for the Lunar New Year over the next few days.

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That's it for this week's Families Around the World (FAW). If you have any amazing family stories you think our blog readers would like to hear about, feel free to put some info and a link in the comments to this post and we'll see if we can add it to next week's edition of FAW

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