Local youth hold Silent Party for the deaf

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A group of local youth will hold a Silent Party in Ho Chi Minh City October 22 to raise awareness of non-verbal communication skills, and to raise money for a deaf charity, Saigon Tiep Thi newspaper reported.

The event, which will include food and drinks, plays and games, will take place in silence as way to understand each other's body language, according to organizers.

According Do Thien Huong, a member of Silent Party, there are over 6,500 languages in the world, together with systems of signals and symbols.

"However, studies say [in many cases] only seven percent of information is transmitted through language, whereas body language transmits 55 percent. This very ability however is mostly ignored," Saigon Tiep Thi quoted Huong as saying.

"The event aims to create a new language environment for people to practice and experience," said Huong. The club is supported by the city's cultural club for deaf people.

Participants will be instructed by club members to express their ideas through signals and body language to communicate with others during the event.

Like the same event held in Hanoi that welcomed 300 visitors, all proceeds from the 450 tickets for the event at 2B/30 Bach Dang Street, Tan Binh District, will be donated to needy young deaf people, according to Saigon Tiep Thi.

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