The kind-hearted expatriates

Ms. Huong and Mr. Binh presenting gifts to the disabled children in Tuy Hoa city

Tet festival is etched in the memories of expatriates who send their hearts to their native land place with a constant memoirs. As for Vietnamese overseas, the nostalgia is sharper. From thousands of miles away, their feeling towards the homeland is expressed through the warm shares. Ms. Han Thu Ha, living in the U.S, confided, "From Phu Yen Newspaper online, I’ve read the column ‘Together relieving A/O pain’ about the desperate circumstance of the family of the elderly Tran Thi Guong (aged 90, living in Phong Nien village, Hoa Thang commune, Phu Hoa district), I feels so sorry for her. My relatives and I send VND 20 million to help her". Despite being 90 years of age, everyday, she has to care her two daughters (Miss Nguyen Thi Ngan, Miss Nguyen Thi Nhung) with three meals by putting each spoon of porridge or rice. The two daugthers cannot move, just lying in bed; their faces are bewildered by sequelae of Agent Orange/ dioxin. A few years ago, from dawn every … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Social News 8/2

Bach Mai Hospital to remain open during Tet The Ha Noi-based Bach Mai Hospital, one of the central hospitals in the country, will for the first time operate as usual during Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival. PhD Duong Duc Hung, head of the hospital's general affairs and planning department, has said that the hospital will operate four consulting rooms to receive patients during the nine-day Tet holiday. In the renal department, all health staff will work as usual to ensure that none of terminally-ill patients suffer body swelling due to a long wait for treatment or shortage of drugs. The hospital will also open one more emergency room, mobilise four health staff teams and arrange ten more beds. Doctors and nurses will be on duty round-the-clock on these days, Hung said. Patients who wish to be discharged from the hospital will be served as usual. The hospital's board of managers will have a hotline number 096 985 1616 to receive and resolve any complaints about the service quality and … [Read more...]

Government News 5/2

VN celebrate ties with Russia, Czech Republic The Vietnamese Embassy in Moscow and the overseas Vietnamese community in Russia celebrated the 65th anniversary of Viet Nam-Russia diplomatic ties and Tet on Monday at a ceremony. Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Son stressed that the friendship and cooperation between Viet Nam and Russia have been fostered by mutual trust, warm sentiment and resolve through many generations. The bilateral partnership had produced success across many fields, from politics, economics, culture and tourism to energy and military, contributing to both countries' modernization and development, as well as to regional and world peace and development, Son said. Son expressed the firm belief that the comprehensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Russia would grow and the two countries would always support each other, regardless of any change in the world. On the Russian side, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Asia Department III Andrey Tatarinov … [Read more...]

Social News 5/2

HCM City to use loans for kindergartens The HCM City People's Committee has approved the use of bank loans to build 72 public kindergartens worth a total of more than VND 2.7 trillion (US$128 million). The public kindergartens will be built by the end of the year. Of the public kindergarten projects, Cu Chi District accounts for the largest number (14), followed by Binh Tan District (nine) and Binh Chanh and Can Gio districts (seven each). To speed up the progress of building public kindergartens, the HCM City People's Committee has decided to start a bank loan programme to build public kindergartens. The move represents the city's determination to speed up the progress of building kindergartens, according to Nguyen Dinh Thai Chau, the municipal Department of Education and Training's Finance and Planning Division. Phan Thi Thang, deputy director of the municipal Department of Finance, said last year the city had 117 public kindergarten projects that needed capital for … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 1-10 (daily updated)

Frankenstein Theatre Performances in Vietnam ADGE Europe presents TNT Theatre Britain in: FRANKENSTEIN The Monster and the Myth By Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith inspired by the Mary Shelley novel and the Hollywood movies. Performances in English HANOI OPERA HOUSE Wed 18 Mar 2015, 8 pm - HCMC OPERA HOUSE Fri 20 Mar 2015, 11 am 20 and 21 Mar 2015, 8 pm Tickets information below From ADGE: FRANKENSTEIN is one of the most potent modern myths. TNT revives its internationally acclaimed production in autumn 2014. Too many stage versions and even films ignore that this story is not a novel but a myth that has grown out of Mary Shelley's original; so our production combines Boris Karloff's immense impact with that of the original story to create a fascinating and entertaining new work. This FRANKENSTEIN is a Gothic comedy and a gripping a horror thriller that explores the darker themes within the myth. Should scientific research be held back by irrational prejudice or religious … [Read more...]

Korean Culture Classes for Vietnamese Wives

Each class has about 32 participants who are the wives-to-be in South Korea. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP

We visited a class in Thanh Xuan District at a time when Vietnamese wives were learning how to prepare Kimchi (picked napa cabbage), a traditional dish of South Korea, with instructions from a native teacher. Here the instructor covered everything from the prosaic to the paramount, from Kimchi and snowy winters, to emergency numbers and dual citizenship. The participants were also provided with a "Guide to Korean Life". The booklet is filled with photos of traditional clothing, instructions on the differences between Korean and Vietnamese child-rearing, tips to deal with in-laws, and a reminder that having a refrigerator doesn’t mean one should keep food for more than a week. Seeing their eagerness for each lesson in class, we acknowledged their desire for a happy life when going with their husbands to this country which is very different from Vietnam culturally. Bui Thi Huong, a participant of the class, talked with us while preparing Kimchi. For her and those who are going … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 20-31 (daily updated)

Symphony Concert with Spanish Conductor David Gómez Ramírez Fri 30 Jan 2015, 8 pm Vietnam National Academy of Music 77 Hao Nam, Hanoi You are invited to a symphony concert with: Conductor: David Gómez Ramírez Piano Soloist: Vu Ngoc Linh and the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra Program L.V. Beethoven Overture Egmont P.I. Tchaikovsky Concerto No 1 for piano and orchestra Interval F. Mendelssohn Syphony No.3 About Conductor David Gómez Ramírez David Gómez Ramírez is one of the most promising young conductor and composer in Spain. He has been director of the Lira Saguntina Symphony Orchestra in Valencia, as well as director of the Conservatory of Music "Joaquin Rodrigo" in Sagunto, Valencia since 2007. He has been the resident conductor in Seville and Coutances (France) Orchestre. During the past seven years, he has conducted all the major Spanish orchestras and he appears as a guest conductor in Europe (Italy, France, Portugal, The Netherlands, in Asia and in South … [Read more...]

Social News 7/1

Fire burns down 12 houses in Ca Mau A gold shop in Thoi Binh District in the southern province of Ca Mau caught fire yesterday evening (January 6). The fire quickly spread to and burnt down eleven more houses nearby. At around 6:45 p.m, the fire started from Tan Phat gold shop and then quickly spread to nearby houses at Thoi Binh Market area due to strong wind. Local police sent three fire engines and many firefighters to the site. The incident caused power loss for Thoi Binh town for a short time. By 8:00 p.m, the fire was controlled. According to initial statistics, at least two gold shops and 10 houses were destroyed, causing big loss. Luckily, no human loss was reported. The investigation is being conducted. Three fishermen die of strange snails Though border safeguards in the central province of Ha Tinh yesterday rushed to save three fishermen but their efforts have been unrewarded. As being informed that three fishermen in serious condition after they ate snails, border … [Read more...]

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien listed Vietnam’s top most outstanding athletes 2014

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien is ranked the first position.

The organizational board announced top ten of Vietnam’s outstanding athletes, coaches and paralypic athletes, coaches 2014 on December 31. According to final result, swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was ranked the first in a list of top ten of most outstanding athletes, with 1077 points that brings an unexpected result compared to previous prediction. Leading experts predicted ever that Wushu athlete Duong Thuy Vi and weightlifting athlete Thach Kim Tuan would unopposed candidates for the title. Last year, Anh Vien also had been ranked the first position among Vietnam’s top outstanding athletes 2013. This is the second consecutive times that Anh Vien earned the noble title. Weightlifting coach Huynh Huu Chi was voted with 439 points as first among Vietnam’s top outstanding coaches. Swimming coach Dong Quoc Cuong stood the first position in list of Vietnam’s top outstanding paralympic coaches. Here is a list of top ten of Vietnam’s top outstanding … [Read more...]

Swimmer Anh Vien named the most outstanding athlete of the year 2014

Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien. Photo:

PANO - With 1,077 points, swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien topped the list of the top 10 athletes in 2014, according to the results of the vote counting announced on December 31st by the organizers of the votes for outstanding athletes, coaches, and athletes and coaches for disabled athletes. Anh Vien is followed by marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh, weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan, Wushu artist Duong Thuy Vi, gymnast Phan Thi Ha Thanh, sprinter Quach Thi Lan, Karatedo fighter Nguyen Hoang Nga, rider Nguyen Thi That, badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh and track and field star athlete Bui Thi Thu Thao. The top 5 coaches are Huynh Huu Chi (Ho Chi Minh City) in weightlifting, Dang Anh Tuan (An Giang) in swimming, Nguyen Thi Nhung (the General Department of Sports and Physical Training) in shooting, Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy (Hai Phong) in gymnastics and Phan Quoc Vinh (Hanoi) in Wushu. The top 5 athletes with disabilities are swimmer Vo Thanh Tung (Ho Chi Minh City), weightlifter Le Van Cong (Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...]

Anh Vien named Best Athlete of 2014

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien

(VOV) - Outstanding swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has won the title "Best Athlete of the Year", successfully defending her top list for the second time. According to the ratings announced on December 31, Vien received the highest votes with 1,077 points, followed by shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh (975 points) and weight-lifter Thach Kim Tuan (944 points). Duong Thuy Vi, who grasped the only one gold medal for Vietnam at the 17th Asian Games (Asiad) in the Republic of Korea, secured the 4th place. Other 10 ten athletes were gymnast Ha Thanh, runner Quach Thi Lan, bike racer Nguyen Thi That, and badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh. Here’s the top 10 list: 1) Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (swimming) 1,077 points 2) Hoang Xuan Vinh (shooting): 975 points 3) Thach Kim Tuan (weight-lifting): 944 points 4) Duong Thuy Vi (wushu): 678 points 5) Phan Thi Ha Thanh (gymnastics): 677 points 6) Quach Thi Lan (track-and-field): 381 points 7) Nguyen Hoang Ngan (karatedo): 228 points 8) Nguyen Thi … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s sports 2014: New wind from young generation

There are not so many impressive records of note from 2014, however, the nation’s sports sector is seeing new wind from the young generation.

ASIAD 17 in the Republic of Korea was the biggest event for the athletes, "It is a really special occasion, seeing both happy and sad moments for the Vietnamese delegation. We were unable to reach the target, but did witness serious effort in the attempt", said Mr Lam Quang Thanh, Head of the delegation. Bagging one gold, 10 silver and 25 bronze medals and placing 5th after Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar in the medals tally, Vietnamese athletes have demonstrated their power, especially the senior artists of the Olympic events. Weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan, 20, is one of them. His record of lifting 294kg had broken the events records beyond all expectations. 2014 ends smoothly for the athletes from Binh Thuan province with one gold and 2 silver at the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships held in the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace, Almaty, Kazakhstan from November 8th to 16th, with the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) selecting him as the best young … [Read more...]

This holiday season, express your gratitude for youth sports

Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien

(VOV) - As we near the end of 2014, it’s a great time to reflect on the past year and pay tribute to the things we are most grateful for— and Vietnam can be so thankful for the presence of youth sports in our children’s lives. As a nation, we should be thankful for the sports blessings that have been bestowed upon us, says Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Lam Quang Thanh. This year local youth attended the 17th Asian Games (ASIAD) in the Republic of Korea (RoK) and ranked 5th overall on the medal tally – after Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar. They won a treasure trove of 36 medals including won one gold, 10 silver and 25 bronze said Thanh, adding the athletes performed admirably and gained valuable experience, which is certain to benefit them in future competitions. It’s worth noting that the young competitors performed particularly well in swimming and weight-lifting, which bodes well for … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/12


Ha Tinh to preserve 200-year-old dwelling The Ha Tinh Museum is preparing a plan to preserve a 200-year-old "typical Vietnamese house", officials say. The museum staff said they discovered the house in mountainous Huong Son Commune, Huong Khe District during a recent investigative trip. The house is in good condition with all original structures intact, from the gate to the main building. The gate, built with laterite bricks, has complicated carvings on it. The main building includes three sections of a wooden frame that are similar to the nha ruong (wooden house with many beams and pillars) found in Hue. Traditional carvings of birds and flora were also found on the wooden beams. The house's roof is covered by the yin-yang earthen tiles and its walls are made of unbaked clay. Writer Bui Ngoc Tan passes away after long cancer fight Writer Bui Ngoc Tan, 80, passed away on Thursday after many years fighting cancer. Tan was born in 1934 in the northern city of Hai Phong. He … [Read more...]

Hai Duong wins three more golds

Hai Duong's sports delegation on December 9 competed in the events of fencing, pencak silat, rowing, archery, boxing, diving, and women's volleyball.>> Tran Thi Len wins first gold for Hai Duong>> Hai Duong delegation currently in 7th place Hai Duong's sports delegation on December 9 competed in the events of fencing, pencak silat, rowing, archery, boxing, diving, and women's volleyball at the 7th National Games and won three golds, seven silvers, and one bronze. Athletes of Hai Duong's rowing team had an excellent competition day as the finalists in seven events. Rowers Le Thi An and Nguyen Thi Trinh grabbed one gold medal in the women's lightweight coxless pair event and together with rowers Pham Thi Hue and Nguyen Thi Huu snatched another gold in the women's heavyweight coxless four event. In addition, the rowing team also pocketed three silvers and one bronze. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/12


Vietnam Idol kicks off sixth season The 6th season of Vietnamese version of the US television show American Idol has been kicked off on November 28. Viet Nam Idol features contestants between the ages of 16 and 30 who have never taken part in a singing competition. Auditions will be held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2015. The three judges will whittle the top one hundred contestants down to 16, ten, two and finally one. … [Read more...]

Social News 8/12

Traffic police officer faces investigation Police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau yesterday started an investigation into a traffic police officer who allegedly crashed his BMW into a group of militiamen while on patrol on Saturday morning, killing two and seriously injuring at least five others. The policeman was identified as Lieutenant Pham Hong Tuan of Chau Duc District's Traffic Division. According to initial reports, a group of militiamen from Lang Lon Commune and Ngai Giao Town in Chau Duc District were on patrol and had stopped by the roadside in Ngai Giao for a break. The BMW was apparently speeding and crashed directly into the group. … [Read more...]