Art & Entertainment News Headlines 28/3

Live performances by two young jazz artists from Hungary - Alexandra Ivan and Andras Jasz left a deep impression on jazz enthusiasts in Hanoi on March 25.

Photos mark Liberation Day An exhibition featuring 100 photos to mark the 39th anniversary of Liberation Day (March 29th) in Da Nang and Quang Nam Province's Tam Ky City opened at Da Nang's Heritage Centre today. .The exhibition features photos of people, landscapes and cultural festivals from around the central region, and will run until April 4. The two cities, which used to form Quang Nam-Da Nang Province, separated into Da Nang City and Quang Nam Province in 1997. VN-Cuba strike book deal Viet Nam's Ministry of Information and Communications has agreed to swap the publishing rights for five books every year with Cuba, according to a memorandum of co-operation signed here yesterday. The two sides will also organise joint book talks and workshops, and help their publishing and distribution units to establish direct relationships, technical support and professional exchanges. Both sides will help advertise and distribute the publications in the two countries. Deputy … [Read more...]

Going yum cha in Cho Lon

Two men have dim sum at Hong Kong-style restaurant Tien Phat (18 Ky Hoa Street, District 5) / PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE

Yum cha literally means "drink tea" in Cantonese but it usually refers to the practice of both drinking tea and eating dim sum (bite-sized dishes) at tea restaurants in the morning or in the afternoon. When Chinese people, or rather Hainanese, first immigrated to southern Vietnam centuries ago, they also brought the practice with them. Thiet, chairman of the Hainanese Society in Ho Chi Minh City, said that after leaving China, where the Hainanese mainly made a living fishing, for Vietnam, his people switched to trading goods and opening tea shops. Thus, Saigon's tea shops - mostly concentrated in Cho Lon ("Big Market," the city's Chinatown crossing districts 5, 6 and part of 11) - were traditionally run by Hainanese people, and were located close to major intersections in busy business districts, he said. Although the shops - which served food and were more like restaurants - were mainly located in Cho Lon, they were also available on Tan That Dam Street, District 1. However, … [Read more...]

The Village of Artists

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The village of artists, called Ham Long, is located near the windy Sai Gon River, 10km from the hub of Ho Chi Minh City. It has this name because most of the owners of houses in the village are artists. Visiting the village, tourists have a chance to behold houses built in the traditional architectural style of the Vietnamese people, such as a Hue Ruong house, a house-on-stilts of the Muong ethnic people and ancient houses of the South. Each house is an artistic architectural complex that is designed beautifully by its owner. A garden in the shade of trees overlooks the Sai Gon River. The most striking feature of the village probably is the houses owned by painters Nguyen Hoai Huong and Ly Khac Nhu. The house of Nguyen Hoai Huong was built in the style of a Hue Ruong house that looks solemn and private while the house of Ly Khac Nhu looks rustic with a simple leave-covered roof. The artists arrange many works of art and unique miniatures in their living spaces, such as … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 7/3

Vietnamese war novel published in Iran The Farsi version of "Noi buon chien tranh" (The Sorrow of War), a novel by writer Bao Ninh, has been released in Iran. This is the first Vietnamese novel to be translated into the Farsi language, with 2,000 copies published by Iran's Ofoq private publishing house. Some Vietnamese books published in Farsi are President Ho Chi Minh's "Nhat Ky Trong Tu" (Prison Diary) and General Vo Nguyen Giap's "Hoi Ky ve Dien Bien Phu" (Memoirs of Dien Bien Phu). Nguyen Du's "Truyen Kieu" (Kieu's Story) is being translated by former Iranian Ambassador to Vietnam Seyed Kamal Sajjadi. In 1994, the English version of "The Sorrow of War" translated by Phan Thanh Hao was published. "The Sorrow of War" features an infantry soldier from Hanoi. With his youth and pains of adolescent love during the bloody battles of the war, and then his attempts, as a struggling writer in postwar Hanoi, to come to grips with the savageries he has witnessed, to make sense of … [Read more...]

The significant Suu years (buffalo years) in our history

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+ Tan suu (41) : Accession of the Queen Trung to the throne at Me Linh. She built palaces and fortified walls against the Chinese agressors, taking back the autonomy of the country after 150 years of chinese domination. + Tan suu (41) : Accession of the Queen Trung to the throne at Me Linh. She built palaces and fortified walls against the Chinese agressors, taking back the autonomy of the country after 150 years of chinese domination. + At Suu (905) : The Khuc reconquered independence, opened an era of vietnamese feudality. Profiting from the decadence of the Tang in China, Khuc Thua Du, a powerful landlord of Hong chau (Hai Duong), proclaimed himself chief of the country, independent from the Tang. The Khuc instituted central and local powers, divided the country into provinces, departments, cantons, communes, instituted the familial registers. They abolished the heavy forms of exploitation of the Tang, leaving only one form of taxes, the tax of rice-fields. Since then, our country … [Read more...]

Unlicensed websites to be shut down

HA NOI (VNS)- The Ministry of Information and Communications will temporarily suspend operations or shut down unlicensed websites, a senior official said on Saturday. Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Truong Minh Tuan, told the online newspaper Vietnam Plus that the suspension will remain in force until the websites received their licences. He said that the Department of Information and Communications and the Broadcasting and Electronic Information Authority would take action against websites that had not yet received their licences. … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Czech Republic to boost media co-operation

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At the working session (vietnamplus.vn) … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Czech Republic to boost media cooperation

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Deputy minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan and the Czech Republic's First Deputy Minister of Culture Katerina Kalistova … [Read more...]

Social News 16/9

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Drug patients return after fleeing rehab Nearly 30 of the more than 300 voluntary drug patients who fled from a voluntary rehabilitation centre in Hai Phong on Sunday have returned. The northern port city's People's Committee said when the addicts left the centre in Thuy Nguyen District, police took steps to ensure there was no social disorder. They urged agencies, sectors and families of the patients to encourage them to return. Director of the centre Nguyen Quang Toan said patients were voluntary and were free to come and go. This was why the centre has no fence, he said. He added that the patients disappeared following a recent decision to increase the detoxification period from two to four years. He said the centre had left its doors gate open to welcome the addicts back. Parents of some addicts said they would take the addicts back to the centre in the next few days, Toan said. The centre was established in 1996 and is providing treatment for more than 900 drug … [Read more...]

Social News 25/8

Vietnamese 'eaten alive' by crocodile in Australian outback Hai Phong City Authorities confirmed that 57-year old Tran Van Hoang was killed on August 22 by a crocodile in Australia. Hoang is a native of Dang Hai village, Hai An district, Haiphong. According to relatives of the victim, Hoang and his wife settled in Australia in late April 2014. While fishing he waded in the river to free a snag in his fishing line and was attacked by the crocodile. Australian authorities euthanized the crocodile to remove the victim's body. … [Read more...]

Quang Nam exhibition confirms Vietnam’s sovereignty

A collection of documents and maps, considered as legal evidence proving Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes belong to Vietnam, are on display in the central province of Quang Nam. Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan said that the exhibition aims to raise public awareness and responsibility of safeguarding the country's sovereignty over the two archipelagoes. The exhibits include copies of ancient maps and atlases, and documents in traditional Chinese, Vietnamese and French languages issued by Vietnamese feudal states and the French colonial empire in Indochina from the 17th to the early 20th century. All declare Vietnam 's sovereignty over the two archipelagoes. … [Read more...]

Exhibition proves Hoang Sa, Truong Sa belonging to Vietnam

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The exhibition's opening attracts many visitors (Source: qdnd.vn) … [Read more...]

Communications about Vietnam’s sea and islands enhanced

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(VOVworld) - A training conference regarding Vietnam's sea and islands took place in Da Nang City on Tuesday. Leaders and officials from departments of information and communications and reporters from radio and television stations nationwide attended the event. High on the agenda were the current developments in the East Sea, the Party and government's stance and policy on national maritime sovereignty, ways to handle the East Sea tension, and the struggle of Vietnam's law enforcement agencies to protect maritime sovereignty. … [Read more...]

Historical evidence of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos

The Ministry of Information and Communications held an exhibition on historical evidence of Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagos

(VOVworld) - The Ministry of Information and Communications has presented documents and atlas titled "Vietnam's Hoang Sa, Truong Sa-Historical Evidence" to Vietnamese People's Navy. The documents and atlas are part of those collected in Vietnam and other countries including China showing Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos. Vietnam's sovereignty over these archipelagos have been maintained since the 17th century in line with international law. Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan said the documents were collected and displayed to pay tribute to naval soldiers who sacrificed their lives to defend Vietnam's sea and islands sovereignty. … [Read more...]

Maps, documents affirming Viet Nam’s sovereignty exhibited in Ly Son

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Following a number of localities, Ly Son island district in the central province of Quang Ngai was the next destination of the exhibition "Viet Nam's Hoang Sa, Truong Sa - historical and legal evidence". … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 4/7

Vietnam travel handbook to be sold on Amazon Vietnam guidebook "Saigon Zoom In" giving information of downtown areas in Ho Chi Minh City as well as well-known tourism cities in Vietnam and its cultural experiences will be sold online. It is the first guidebook with the 11-part series "Vietnam Visual Travel Guide which is designed as a bookazine - a publication that combines elements of books and magazines by famous artist Nguyen Tri Phuong Dong. The guidebook will be reprinted periodically. It contains not only valuable information regarding where to go and what to do in Vietnam, but also vivid paintings, art, maps, diagrams and icons; accordingly, it provides addresses of café shops, restaurants and guidance to tourists. … [Read more...]

Maps and documents affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty exhibited in Ly Son

Visitors to the exhibition (Source: vtc.vn)

80 maps and 50 documents affirming Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes are on display at an exhibition which opened on July 2 in Ly Son island district, the central province of Quang Ngai. The exhibits are small part of historical and legal evidences collected in Vietnam and in the world, including China. The exhibition entitled "Vietnam's Hoang Sa, Truong Sa - historical and legal evidence" aims to raise awareness, unity and a sense of responsibility of Vietnamese people in and outside the country, especially youngsters, in protecting and affirming Vietnam's sovereignty over the two archipelagoes. The event, which is being held by the Ministry of Information and Communications and Quang Ngai provincial People's Committee, will run until July 4. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan highlighted the meaning of holding the exhibition in Ly Son island, home to Hoang Sa Flotilla, which … [Read more...]

Maps, documents affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty exhibited in Ly Son

Viewers introduced to historical and legal evidence confirming Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos

Following a number of localities, Ly Son island district in the central province of Quang Ngai was the next destination of the exhibition "Vietnam's Hoang Sa, Truong Sa - historical and legal evidence". The exhibition aims to raise awareness, unity and a sense of responsibility of Vietnamese people in and outside the country, especially youngsters, in protecting and affirming Vietnam's sovereignty over the two archipelagoes. Speaking at the event on July 2, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan highlighted the meaning of holding the exhibition in Ly Son island, home to Hoang Sa Flotilla, which safeguarded the national sovereignty over sea and islands hundreds of years ago. … [Read more...]

Sovereignty evidence over Hoang Sa, Truong Sa on display

VGP - Evidence proving Viet Nam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes are on display at an exhibition in Ly Son island, the central Quang Ngai province. The event, jointly organized by the Ministry of Information and Communications and the local authorities, aims to introduce to the public 80 maps and 50 documents collected from Viet Nam and other countries, including China. Collecting, verifying and publicizing evidence proving the country's sovereignty over the two archipelagoes is of significant importance, said Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan. … [Read more...]

Exhibition: Hoang Sa and Truong Sa of Vietnam-historical and legal evidence

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(VOVworld) - An exhibition entitled "Hoang Sa and Truong Sa of Vietnam-historical and legal evidence" opened in Quang Ngai province on Tuesday. The exhibit displays more than 100 maps, documents and objects, evidence of Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes. They included a Universal Atlas by Belgian geographer Philippe Vandermaelen, the founder of Belgium's Royal Geographical Society. … [Read more...]