Children, teachers get quality helmets

Quality helmets have been provided to more than 4,000 students and teachers at eight elementary schools in HCM City's Districts 12, Binh Thanh, and Binh Chanh under a road safety campaign. The campaign is organised by the National Traffic Safety Committee, Ministry of Education and Training, and Asia Injury Prevention Foundation. Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) More workers sent abroad this year According to the Overseas Labour Management Department, the number of workers sent abroad reached 91,143 in the first 10 months of this year, or 4.76 per cent higher than the full-year target. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people look towards the fatherland’s sacred sea and islands


(VOVworld)- A program themed "A great family of Vietnamese ethnic groups and national construction and defence" has been held in the National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism on the outskirts of Hanoi. More than 200 representatives from 32 ethnic groups from 8 cities and provinces attended the event. Various activities on the theme of seas, islands, borders and national sovereignty were held. The program opened with the ritual worshiping the god of the sea (Po Riayak) of the Cham fishermen of the central province of Ninh Thuan. … [Read more...]

Tribal Disneyland prepares to show-off nation of 54 cultures

Dispelling bad spirits: A shaman from the Ta Oi ethnic group is the centre of a ritual to cleanse a newly-built house on stilts at the Viet Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism. — VNS Photos Trinh Bo

by Le Huong A vast complex of houses and spiritual structures from the 54 ethnic groups from all over Viet Nam is still a work-in-progress by the State. The tribal Disneyland, known as the Viet Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism, is situated in Dong Mo District. It is far larger than the complex built for the Museum of Ethnology much closer to the city. Putting the final touches to a tray of offerings on grassland near a newly built stilt house, the shaman from a village dedicated to the Ta Oi ethnic group is ready to begin worship to clear any bad spirits away from the dwelling and provide blessings for the future. The villagers are from central Quang Tri's Ta Rut Commune in Dakrong District. Surrounding the shaman, younger men and women dance, sing and play gongs to provide the right atmosphere. Their activities quickly draw a crowd of curious people. The shaman then leads the procession around the new house. He sprinkles pig's blood on every corner, every wooden … [Read more...]

Pa Co gong culture finds defiant protector


Loud and clear: Playing gongs plays an important role in cultural and spiritual activities, including funerals, of the Pa Co. — VNA/VNS PhotoHo Cau A Pa Co ethnic man in the central province of Quang Tri keeps in mind that the cultural beauty of his people should be preserved by the younger generation. Thanh Thuy reports Ho Van Ing, 67, takes another sip of rice wine. "I've led a life with many ups and downs." We huddle closer to the flickering fire to stave off the cold. Outside, the mountainous mist descends on the sleepy Vuc Leng Village. Ing, wearing shorts and a vest, seems oblivious to the chill. We lean forward and he begins to tell us his story. As an ethnic Pa Co man, Ing has devoted his life to the preservation of the unique traditions and way of life in his remote village, located in Quang Tri's mountains. Born into the family of a respected village leader, Ing soon became accustomed to important village events, such as weddings, festivals and funerals. From a very young … [Read more...]

Keeping some traditional values of gong performance


(Cinet)- Quang Tri organized the Arieu Ping and gong festival in Ta Rut commune of Dakrong district to honour the traditional cultural values of gong performance in the local ethnic minority groups on January 27. Gong performances are closely tied to community cultural rituals and ceremonies of ethnic groups, with gong sounds mean to communicate with deities and gods. On November 25, 2005, in Paris, the space of gong culture in Central Highlands was recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. For ethnic groups, the gong is a musical instrument of sacred power and with every gong there is a god who gets more powerful as the gong gets older. The festival marks a wide range of activities such as procession and incense offering ceremonies, gong performance, a buffalo festival and an archery contest together with folk music and dances with the hope for a happier and wealthier new year. "God of gong" is the protector of the community so the gong … [Read more...]

Festival honours ethnic groups’ culture


The central province of Quang Tri on January 27 held the Arieu Ping and gong festival in Ta Rut commune of Dakrong district to honour the traditional cultural values of local ethnic minority groups. The festival featured a wide range of activities such as procession and incense offering ceremonies, gong performance, a buffalo festival and an archery contest together with folk music and dances with the hope for a happier and wealthier new year. Arieu Ping is the biggest festival of the Pako ethnic minority group to pay homage and tribute to the deceased. Meanwhile, gongs have been used to celebrate special occasions, including new house celebration, grave leaving ceremony, weddings, ritual parades and funerals for more than 3,000 years in Vietnam. Gong culture is an inseparable part of the ethnic minority groups’ spiritual life as it is seen as a tool that helps them connect with the heaven. The festival has been held in rotation among communes in Dakrong district to … [Read more...]

Photos by mountain dwellers


Fifty ethnic minority people from many provinces in Vietnam have been trained to become amateur photographers, under a photovoice project, part of the "Our Culture" project, organized by the Institute for Studies of Society Economy and Environment (iSEE). Their works were displayed at Hanoi's Ly Thai To flower garden last week. VietNamNet introduces some pictures, which are also stories about the daily life and culture of ethnic minority groups in Vietnam. Prior to an important event in daily life, such as building a new house, selecting a location to build house, doing business, going hunting or in marriage, Pa Ko people often see chicken's leg. Before looking at the chicken's leg, right after the chicken is stuck, the host has to pray related gods on what he wants to see.The chicken's leg has 4 toes, each represents one sacred thing. The big toe shows god or bad luck. The index toe represents us. The middle toe is the protection and support god (Ging Ka niq), normally the … [Read more...]

Illegal gold exploitation pollutes Dak Rong River

VietNamNet Bridge - Illegal gold exploitation has caused serious pollution along the Dak Rong River in the central province of Quang Tri. According to Dak Rong District Police, dozens of companies have been exploiting gold in the district, but only five have licences. One mineral exploitation company in the district was granted a licence by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, while the other four have been licensed by the provincial People's Committee. "Local police have tried to fine and stop unlicensed companies mining in the area but they continue to repeat their violations," said Ho Quang Than, head of the district police. … [Read more...]

Youth cycle for a greener Viet Nam


VietNamNet Bridge - Vu Thi Xen, 24, is the founder and face of an award-winning project to promote environmental issues among young people. Xen has devoted much of her youth to green issues. The first time Xen understood the importance of environmental preservation was during an encounter with a club called Cycling for Environment. … [Read more...]

School children infected with gold fever


A gold rush in Ta Rut Commune in the central province of Quang Tri is causing headaches for local authorities, who had no idea how to address the social problems the latest dash for cash has caused. In the fast-flowing muddy current of Dakrong River, two men take soil from the river bed and wash it. Many local children had given up school to look for gold, hoping for a better life … [Read more...]

Escaped Crocodiles Add New Threat to Worst Flooding in 30 Years

A crocodile is recaptured.

Flooding said to be the worst in three decades continues to savage central Viet Nam, claiming 21 lives so far, while authorities and residents hunt down hundreds of crocodiles let loose by flood waters last weekend in Khanh Hoa. In central Quang Nam province, six of 17 districts are flooded, 15,000 households are displaced and hundreds of hectares of farm land has been seriously damaged. In the province's historic Hoi An town, nine of 13 wards are under 1-5 metres of water. Local authorities have sent canoes and helicopters to evacuate victims, 10,000 of whom have been moved to higher ground. National Highway 1a is completely blocked by water. In Dai Loc District, four have died and over 90 percent of homes are flooded, as is the case in Phu Vang District's Phu Mau Commune. Cam Kim Commune is completely isolated and some 6,000 inhabitants are awaiting helicopters. In Duy Xuyen District's Duy Hai Commune, 65 fishing boats have been swept out to sea. In the city of Da … [Read more...]

Speed limits increase on three highways

The Ministry of Transport has approved an increase in the speed limits on the HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway and Thang Long Boulevard and Belt Road No.3 in Ha Noi. Vehicles can now travel at up to 120 kilometres on these roads. Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) Viet Nam sends 83,000 guest workers abroad More than 83,360 guest workers went abroad to work in the last nine months, meaning 95 per cent of this year's target has been achieved, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Overseas Labour Management Department. … [Read more...]

Over 83,000 labourers go to work abroad in 9 months

The Overseas Labour Management Department has recently said that since the beginning of the year until late September, 83,369 Vietnamese labourers were employed abroad, accounting for 95.83% of the year's plan. The department took statistics from enterprises showing that in September alone, the number of workers travelling abroad was 9,642, including 5,421 labourers going to Taiwan (China), 1,892 to Japan, 1,085 to the Republic of Korea, 425 to Malaysia, 422 to Saudi Arabia. The over 83,000 figure, saw a year-on-year increase of 132.63%, according to the department. The leading markets that received Vietnamese labourers were still Taiwan (49,956 labourers), then Japan (14,498 labourers), the Republic of Korea (5,700 labourers), Malaysia (4,258 labourers), the Saudi Arabia (2,829 labourers), and other markets./. … [Read more...]

Gov’t responds to Ebola threat in Vietnam

Deputy Director General of the Overseas Labour Management Department Tong Hai Nam

(VOV) - At present, an estimated 23 Vietnamese guest workers are working in Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa. In the context of the increasingly uphill battle to combat the virus, the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has asked enterprises with staff in the region to follow strict safety procedures before, during and after their assignment. Deputy Director General of the Overseas Labour Management Department Tong Hai Nam, granted an interview to a VOV reporter on the issue. … [Read more...]

Report: VN staff in Malaysia used as forced labour

HA NOI (VNS)- Viet Nam authorities will re-examine the living and working conditions of Vietnamese labourers in Malaysia, especially those in the electronic sector, to see if there have been any abuses. International labour-rights group Verite said last week that 32 per cent of nearly 200,000 foreign workers in the industry were being used as forced labour. It added that 40 per cent of the abused workers were from Viet Nam. In a report titled Forced Labour in the Production of Electronic Goods in Malaysia, A Comprehensive Study of Scope and Characteristics, Verite presented findings from a two-year investigation funded by the US Department of Labour. … [Read more...]

Majority of Vietnamese labourers return safely from Libya

Labourers returning from Libya welcomed home (Photo :

So far, 1,758 of 1,763 Vietnamese labourers have safely returned to Vietnam, wrapping up the country's program to send labourers to this labour market due to the political instability, according to the Overseas Labourer Management Department. The department, under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) said that right after political instability was reported in Libya, MOLISA worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and relevant agencies to bring the Vietnamese labourers home. Presently, there are 2 Vietnamese labourers volunteering to stay in Libya even after being encouraged by their families, enterprises and the Vietnamese Embassy in Libya, to return home. Accordingly, MOLISA has asked the embassy and enterprises to hold regular contact with these labourers to provide support if needed. A further three workers are said to be missing after extensive searches by all relevant authorities in both Vietnam and Libya. According to the Overseas … [Read more...]

Social News 4/9

HCM City has stem cell assoc The government of HCMC has licensed the establishment of a stem cell association to serve hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. According to health experts, the biggest problem with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a limited number of donors as Vietnam's current population policy encourages each family to have two children only. Stem cells can only be extracted from biological siblings, making it difficult for patients to have homologous bone marrow transplants. … [Read more...]

Nearly 74,000 Vietnamese labourers working abroad

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In the first 8 months of 2014, the number of Vietnamese labourers working abroad reached 73,700, the Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs reported. The number accounted for 84.74% of the year's plan, a year-on-year increase of 134.52%. In August alone, statistics from labour export enterprises showed that nearly 9,400 labourers were sent to work abroad, mainly to the Taiwanese (China), Japanese, Korean, Malaysian and Saudi Arabian markets. However, some 1,550 labourers working in Libya had to return home as the country fell into chaos. By August 22, 6 of 11 companies had fulfilled their obligations, bringing of 1,391 labourers home. The remainder were expected home by the end of August./. … [Read more...]