== Spanking in Vietnam ==
=== Judicial corporal punishment ===
Old photographs like [http://www.corpun.com/jcppix.htm#13372 this] and [http://www.corpun.com/jcppix.htm#17348 this], both at [[World Corporal Punishment Research]], suggest that [[judicial corporal punishment]] was ordered by the local courts during the French colonial period. The offender was laid flat on the ground, his limbs pinned down by others, and was beaten on the buttocks. This practice was similar to that used in ancient China.
It has now ceased, even though it is unclear whether the government banned it or not.
=== School corporal punishment ===
Formal [[school corporal punishment]], however, still exists in Vietnam today, and is applied to both [[schoolboy]]s and [[schoolgirl]]s. Even though Vietnam was colonized by the French, these punishments appear to resemble [[UK|British]]-style [[caning]]s, as a thin [[rattan]] [[cane]] is used, or in other cases, a type of [[paddle]] or long [[ruler]]. The student either adopts a [[standing position]] or [[lying position|lies flat]] on a desk or bench, and receives the strokes on his or her
bottom over clothing. The beating is sometimes given on the hand ([[hand caning]]). These punishments do not seem to be as harsh as those in other countries like [[ Singapore]] and [[ South Korea]], and at times, may appear to be more comical than serious.
== See also ==