Various activities to mark International Children’s Day takes place in Vietnam

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Various activities to mark the International Children's Day took place in provinces and cities across Vietnam on June 1 st, which attracted the participation of children, including disadvantaged children. * More than 800 disabled children from 15 schools for the disabled, shelters and charitable centres in Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Tra Vinh Provinces, took part in the 16 th Culture and Sports Festival for disabled children in 2012. The event aims to create an interesting playground for the disabled and to help them integrate into community. During the Day, disabled children had an opportunity to play interesting games, to perform songs and dances as well to exchange with each other. * Children in Hanoi had a chance to enjoy circus and magic items by the artists, Ngo Huyen, Ba Anh, Quang Anh and Quan Anh on June 1 st. In addition, the four-day program "Festival to light up children's dreams", with many interesting activities, was opened at the West Lake Park on May 31 … [Read more...]

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by Thu Anh Too much, too soon There was a time when children grew up learning plenty of songs written for them - songs that told stories, songs that expressed the beauty of nature, songs about a beautiful place or songs about a national hero. Those songs are still being sung by children, but it seems that there are no new songs being composed for them. Instead children are turning to music meant for adults. Veteran musician Pham Tuyen said in a recent interview with the Lao Dong newspaper: "I worry when many children get excited about love that adults' songs, in both Vietnamese and English, deal with, and not about childhood and friendship." Musicians simply seem to have forgotten their most uncritical fans, he said, adding that fresh effort was needed to change this situation. Songs for children like Em La Hoa Hong Nhoû (I'm A Small Rose), Canh En Tuoi Tho (Swallow - Wings of Childhood) and Tuoi Hong (Pink Age) - composed respectively by Trinh Cong Son, Pham Tuyen and Truong … [Read more...]

Pham Tuyen – A musical historian

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Almost all Vietnamese would know the song Nhu co Bac Ho trong ngay vui dai thang (Uncle Ho seems to be with us on the festive day of the grand victory). The lyrics have gone into the hearts of all people, with a penetrating appeal to millions to indulge themselves in the joy of the nations triumph. Its author is composer Pham Tuyen, many of whose works over the past 50 years are closely associated with very particular moments of national history. For this very reason, quite a few people have remarked that his ballads constitute a music chronicle of history. Composer Pham Tuyen, 74, is living in the age in which work has become a secondary matter to everyone. Nonetheless, he keeps travelling to all corners of the land to draw inspiration for his creative work. His feet never seem to get tired along the passage of time. We met him when he had just returned from Hai Duong and from a long journey to Dien Bien Phu, and then making preparations for his trip to Hue. He has been invited to … [Read more...]

Kinh Do donates Mid-Autumn gifts to poor children

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On the occasion of the up-coming Mid-Autumn Festival later this week, Kinh Do Company has donated 10,000 gifts worth VND400 million to poor households, especially children in social sponsor centers and underprivileged students in remote areas. In the North, Northern Kinh Do Foodstuff Processing Joint Stock Company has collaborated with the Vietnam Children Sponsor Fund, the Hanoi Children Support Fund, the Vietnam Disabled Children Aid Association and local authorities to hand out over 2,000 gifts to disabled children and poor students in rural areas. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lien (L) from Kinh Do Company gives gifts and talks with poor children - Photo: Quoc Hung In the South and the Central, Kinh Do has cooperated with the HCMC Fatherland Front Committee to present 1,500 gifts including 1,500 moon cakes and other candies to poor children in charitable centers and unfortunate kids in Thu Duc, Go Vap, Nha Be districts and District 7 in HCMC. The company also cooperated with the HCMC Red … [Read more...]

A Shelter for Disabled Children

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Since 2001, Que Huong Charity Centre in Ho Chi Minh City has received and nurtured over 2,000 orphan and disabled children. Its success is attributed to the great efforts of the Centre's Director Huynh Tieu Huong who overcame her own misfortunes to build the shelter. Since 2001, Que Huong Charity Centre in Ho Chi Minh City has received and nurtured over 2,000 orphan and disabled children. Its success is attributed to the great efforts of the Centre's Director Huynh Tieu Huong who overcame her own misfortunes to build the shelter. Visiting the Centre, one can't help being moved when they see the orphaned and paralysed children, who look doltish with their deformities, being taken in and taught to write, sing, dance, work and play. In this great family, all the children live happily with the love of their mother, Huynh Tieu Huong. Born in 1968, Huynh Tieu Huong suffered a miserable childhood. She doesn't know her mother and father. At the age of six, she had to earn her own living by … [Read more...]

Chinese storytelling machines deliver inappropriate content to kids in Vietnam

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Numerous storytelling machines sold in Vietnam as kid’s toys have recently been found containing inappropriate content, including sex and drugs. The machines, many of which are Chinese-made, are easily found at many kid’s toy shops in Ho Chi Minh City. They are sold at a wide range of prices, from VND25,000 (US$1.15) to VND500,000 ($22.97). The most expensive kinds are machines shaped like a pillow which tell stories when users turn on a switch, as well as kitten-shaped tools which are activated when users touch them. The prices for these machines range from VND150,000 ($6.89) to VND500,000. The cheapest and best-selling kind is the machine shaped like a touch-screen phone, which parents often choose since they do not see the need to spend a lot of money on a toy as children will soon get bored with it. None of these are recommended for use for children under three, however, the content contained in these machines could shock even adults. Accounts of a man … [Read more...]

Thai giant SCG holds big party for local children

Phira Kulkatimas, general director of SCG Vietnam, gives presents to outstanding pupils in HCMC - PHOTO: NGOC CHI

Le Hoang SCG held a party for hardworking students in HCMC and another event for Disabled Children Training School in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. "During the past 100 years, SCG has been pursuing a sustainable principle which emphasizes social welfare and environmental preservation aside from developing business. As a leading firm in ASEAN, we understand the importance of the young generation and believe that children on June 8 will rule the world tomorrow," said Jaturong Kurowat, general director of SCG Concrete Roof Vietnam, a subsidiary of SCG. In HCMC, this is the fourth consecutive year the event has taken place at Hoang Van Thu Park, which is home to SCG Sharing the Dream, a public playground built by SCG in partnership with Khan Quang Do newspaper and Tan Binh District’s government in 2012. There were more than 350 outstanding poverty-stricken children from 24 districts across the city taking part in games and receiving lovely gifts as well as special treats from the … [Read more...]

June 1 – 7: PM pays official visits to Algeria, Portugal and Bulgaria

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1. PM pays official visits to Algeria, Portugal and Bulgaria Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung paid successful official visits to Algeria (May 31-June 2), Portugal (June 2-4) and Bulgaria (June 4-6) opening new charters in the development of friendship and comprehensive partnerships between Vietnam and Algeria, Portugal and Bulgaria. The Vietnamese PM and leaders of Algeria, Portugal and Bulgaria agreed that the Vietnam-Algeria, Vietnam-Portugal and Vietnam-Bulgaria comprehensive partnerships have seen positive development in all areas. 2. US Secretary of Defence visits Vietnam US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter paid a visit to Vietnam from May 31 to June 2 at the invitation of Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh. He had talks with Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh, and met with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Truong Tan Sang. During the talks, the two sides signed a joint vision statement on defence relations, defining the … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City hopes to pull in more tourists with fruit festival

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Ho Chi Minh City authorities are now re-enacting what can be considered hallmarks of the Mekong Delta to lure more tourists: fruit and floating markets. The Southern Fruit Festival 2015 has simulated a cultural characteristic of the Mekong Delta - floating markets - which can be found throughout the southern region, at Suoi Tien Amusement Park in District 9. A floating market, usually held in areas where water transport plays an important role in daily life, like the Mekong Delta, is a market where goods are sold from boats. The highlight of the Southern Fruit Festival 2015, which kicked off on Monday, is a floating fruit market where many boats are selling more than 150 kinds of fruit at prices 20-40 percent cheaper than the market rates. The boats are loaded with fruits from famous brands, including Hoang Gia pomelos (Vinh Long Province), Tan Trieu pomelos (Bien Hoa City), Hoang Hau dragon fruits (Long An Province), Luc Ngan lychees (Bac Giang Province), Cai Mon durians … [Read more...]

Social News 4/6

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Five million yen cash returned to scrap buyer Scrap buyer Huynh Thi Anh Hong was on June 2 recognized as the official owner of more than five million yen (US$42,073) she found in a scrap loudspeaker she had bought more than a year ago, according to local media. She bought the loudspeaker for some VND100,000 (some US$4.6) and found such a huge amount of Japanese currency hidden in a box inside the old loudspeaker on March 21 last year. She handed the cash to the police immediately after strangers surrounded their rented home in Tan Binh District, claiming they were owners of the money or asking for a share. A week later, some people showed up at the police claiming they were owners but failed to show convincing evidence . However, the police told Hong in late April that she could not take the money back since a woman named Pham Thi Ngot had claimed just a few days earlier that the money belonged to her husband Afolayan Caleb. However, the police of Tan Binh District dismissed … [Read more...]

“Adventures of a cricket” dramatized

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(VOVworld)- Over the past 70 years, the character Cricket in the "Adventures of a Cricket" by To Hoai has become a close friend to children in Vietnam and elsewhere in the world. The energetic brave cricket overcomes numerous difficulties and challenges to realize his dream. The Youth Theater has recently dramatized the story as a gift to children on International Children’s Day. Members of the Cricket families, dragonflies, mantises, and grasshoppers are brought to life vividly onstage of the Youth Theater. This is the second time in 20 years the Youth Theater has dramatized the "Adventures of a Cricket" using new ways of expression and conversation to excite the young audience. Bui Nhu Lai is the Director of the drama: "Stage drama by itself is not really interesting, so we begin the performance with an operetta song showing a lively dancing scene on a green grass field in the early morning to welcome a new day. Members of the Cricket family, dragonflies, mantis, and … [Read more...]

Video depicting Vietnam’s ‘river kids’ melts netizens’ hearts

The four-minute documentary "Thi Song Cu Chay" (Down the Stream) focuses on a group of kids in Long Xuyen, the capital city of An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta, newswire

A video clip capturing kids who live on a Mekong Delta river tributary has touched local netizens’ hearts, as it describes their rustic lifestyle and highlights their childish wishes. Vietnamplus reported. The short video, directed by Mai Huyen Chi with camerawork by Ta Nguyen Hiep, one of Vietnam’s emerging young short film makers, was posted on YouTube on International Children’s Day (June 1), which was observed in several countries. The clip has caused quite a stir among the Vietnamese netizen community, attracting almost 750,000 views, 40,000 likes and 20,000 shares on social media only one day after being uploaded, according to newswire Zing. "Thi Song Cu Chay," which has English subtitles, offers a haunting glimpse into the floating lives of the unkempt-looking kids, who live with their families on sampans along the river. Most of them are denied schooling, peddle lottery tickets, sell vegetables or scavenge for fish to help their parents eke out a … [Read more...]

Social News 3/6

Police seize 7,000 pirated books in Ha Noi Ha Noi Police seized more than 7,000 pirated books on Sunday in a sudden raid on a workshop that illegally printed books in Hai Ba Trung District's Truong Dinh Street. The workshop, owned by Duong Khanh Printing Co., Ltd, was caught printing more than 7,000 books, entitled Dac Nhan Tam (How to Win Friends and Influence People) by author Dale Carnegie, which is the registered property of First News-Tri Viet Publishing Co., Ltd. On Saturday, as many as 3,000 photocopies had been printed and sold to bookshops in the city. Director of the printing company Nguyen Van Dung was unable to show any contract signed between his firm and the publishing company. Dac Nhan Tam is one of the best-sellers of the company. This is the 10th case in which the book has been found to be illegally printed in the city. Programme for upgrade of canals gets more funds Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved VND5 trillion (US$229.2 million) more for a … [Read more...]

Thousands flock to Southern Fruit Fest

Pomelo on parade: Floats, designed in the shape of different kinds of fruits, joins a parade on the opening day of the 2015 Southern Fruit Festival on Monday. — Photo lehoitraicaynambo.com

VietNamNet Bridge – The Suoi Tien Tourist Park in District 9 received more than 10,000 guests on Monday, the first day of the 2015 Southern Fruit Festival. Visitors, who were mostly residents of HCM City and neighboring provinces and cities, brought their children to celebrate the day, which was also International Children's Day. The highlight of the festival was a floating fruit market, selling more than 150 kinds of fruit at prices 20-40 per cent cheaper than the market price. The boats were loaded with fruits from famous brands, including Hoang Gia pomelo (Vinh Long Province), Tan Trieu pomelo (Bien Hoa City), Hoang Hau dragonfruit (Long An Province), Luc Ngan lychee (Bac Giang Province), Cai Mon durian (Ben Tre Province), Vinh Kim guava (Tien Giang Province), and others. The festival also included an area displaying fruits that satisfy VietGap and Global Gap standards, a giant and rare fruit collection including a 50kg-waxy pumpkin, 4kg pomelo, black tomatoes, violet … [Read more...]

Toy market shows signs of decline on Children’s Day

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Children's toy sales showed signs of decline on International Children's Day, June 1, due largely to the lack of diversity in items and the lack of spending power of parents. Hoa, a shop owner on Hai Ba Trung Street in HCM City, said parents were only buying top-range toys in the VND90,000 to VND250,000 range, though mostly they were purchasing utilitarian gifts for their children, such as school bags or school supplies. Cam Lan, a shop owner on Phan Dinh Phung Street, said the demand for toys should be up by 10-to-15 percent from mid-May, "but we are even seeing fewer window shoppers this year." Despite discounts and promotional programmes, and extra activities at supermarkets, for Children's Day, which has become a tradition in Vietnam, sales were low. … [Read more...]

Uncle Ho Statue in a new place

The Uncle Ho Statue is now in front of the Headquarters of the Ho Chi Minh City Children's House

PANO - The Uncle Ho Statue, previously situated in front of the Headquarters of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee since 1990, has been moved to the city Children's House on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 3. The news was announced at a ceremony held by the city's authorities on May 31st in the presence of Politburo Member and Permanent Member of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat Le Hong Anh, former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Le Thanh Hai. Accordingly, the statue of President Ho Chi Minh with a little girl was placed at a new and solemn position in front of the house. The event, a meaningful activity for the city's children on the occasion of the International Children's Day (June 1st), also shows President Ho Chi Minh's special love for Vietnamese children in general and the Southern and the city's children in particular. At the ceremony, delegates offered flowers to the statue to pay tribute to the President … [Read more...]

Vietnamese boy wins Google doodle contest

A colourful doodle bearing the image of the traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) in Viet Nam appears in today's google's website.

VietNamNet Bridge – Google users accessing the website today will see its familiar symbol replaced by a colourful doodle bearing the image of the traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) in Viet Nam. The doodle, entitled The Tet that I Dream of, has been sketched by eight-year-old Le Hieu, from the southern province of Dong Nai, who has won the Doodle 4 Google contest, in which Google encourages Vietnamese kids to create doodles for its search engine. "This is the year of the goat, so I tried to use a goat's image in this doodle," Hieu said. "Dragon dance and the apricot blossom are the most beautiful images of the new year that I can think of. "Spring is my favourite season because during the Tet holiday, people can come together and have fun. Through the drawing, I wish happiness would come to everyone." The doodles make surprising and spontaneous changes to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists. The … [Read more...]

Vesak Day celebrated with grand ceremonies

Thousands of Buddhists attend a grand ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate Vesak.

Brightly lit flower floats in a procession to mark the Buddha’s birthday in Hue. NDO - Buddhist monks, nuns and followers throughout Vietnam have conducted grand ceremonies to mark Vesak Day, which celebrates the Buddha’s birthday, enlightenment and passing. The ceremony on June 1 at the Quan Su Temple in Hanoi saw President of the Vietnamese Fatherland Nguyen Thien Nhan join Buddhists in traditional rituals of bathing the Buddha, and releasing balloons and doves to pray for peace. Nhan sent his best wishes and extolled the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha’s charitable activities and contributions to national development throughout history. The previous day, in a festive atmosphere, Buddhists and local residents were carrying flowers, lanterns and Buddha’s relics in a large procession from Quan Su through major streets in central Hanoi. In Ho Chi Minh City, the main Vesak celebration was held on June 1 at the Vietnam Quoc Tu Temple with the attendance of … [Read more...]

Hanoi grand ceremony marks Lord Buddha’s birthday

A Buddha procession ritual from the Dieu De pagoda to the Tu Dam pagoda in central Hue city (Photo: VNA) The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS)’s central executive committee and the VBS’s Hanoi executive board held a grand ceremony at Quan Su pagoda on June 1 (the 15 th day of the fourth lunar month) to mark Lord Buddha’s 2559 th birthday. Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan extended congratulations to Buddhist monks, dignitaries, and followers and praised the VBS for encouraging Vietnamese Buddhists both at home and abroad to actively contribute to the national development, such as in expanding pre-school education, social welfare, vocational training, medical check-ups and treatment, and environmental preservation. He recognised the VBS’s efforts in enhancing its relations with international Buddhist organisations through various activities like exchanges, workshops, and charitable work, which have helped promote … [Read more...]