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...]

Vietnam promotes sending guest workers to key markets

Workers learn the Japanese language to prepare for working as orderlies in the country (Photo: VNA) Vietnam looks to encourage sending citizens to Taiwan (China), Malaysia, and the Republic of Korea (RoK) to work as domestic workers, and to Japan and Germany to work as orderlies and nurses, in 2015. It plans to export 100,000 workers for the year. Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said Vietnam’s key markets for guest workers are Taiwan, Japan, the RoK, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia. Data from the ministry’s Overseas Labour Management Department showed that compared to 2013, the number of Vietnamese guest workers sent to Taiwan increased from 46,000 to 60,000 with the number in Japan rising from 9,600 to 20,000 in 2014. A total of 7,000 guest workers were sent to the RoK, 5,000 to Malaysia, and 4,000 to Saudi Arabia, all of which show decreases of about 5,000 workers from the previous year. Thailand has begun to stand out as a … [Read more...]

Social News 17/1


Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border … [Read more...]

Labour export sets record

Labourers are given foreign language training before going to work abroad.   (Photo for illustration)

In 2014, the country sent 106,840 labourers to work abroad, an increase of 18.7% on the planned number. Statistics from the Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) show that this is the largest number of guest workers sent abroad over the past years. There was a remarkable increase in the number of guest workers to traditional labour markets, with 62,000 sent to Taiwan (China), nearly 20,000 to Japan, nearly 7,000 to Korea, nearly 5,000 to Malaysia, nearly 4,000 to Saudi Arabia, and nearly 1,000 to Qatar. According to MOLISA Deputy Minister Pham Minh Huan, in 2015, together with developing the traditional markets, the Ministry will study and exploit other markets which provide good employment and income for labourers, especially for trained labourers. In realizing the State guideline in sending labourers abroad, the Ministry has always given an orientation to enterprises in seeking and exploiting markets … [Read more...]

Vietnam sees bright prospects for labour exports in 2015

Guest workers wait for their procedures processed (Photo: VNA) The number of guest workers working abroad is predicted to increase in 2015, especially as an ASEAN Economic Community is established within the year, said Tong Hai Nam, Deputy Head of the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD). The Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is launching a project to support the conveyance of Vietnamese labourers to foreign markets in accordance with national agreements and labourer supply contracts between domestic companies with foreign partners, Nam revealed. According to MoLISA Deputy Minister Pham Minh Huan, the ministry will continue to seek out new markets with good working conditions and high wages, while simultaneously maintaining traditional markets in 2015. Emphasis will be also placed on intensifying training for qualified labourer sources, as well as promoting the signing of skilled-labourer contracts, Huan said. Vietnam sent a record-high 105,840 … [Read more...]

Labour exports reach record high of nearly 107,000 in 2014


Taiwan is the largest recipient of Vietnamese workers in 2014 NDO - Vietnam set a new record for guest workers abroad in 2014 with 106,840 workers, up 18.7% compared to the year's target, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labours, Invalids and Social Affairs. Vietnam's labour exports also faced difficulties in 2014 due to political unrest in Libya and limited labour contracts from the Republic of Korea (RoK). However, the number of workers sent to Taiwan (China) in 2014 jumped to 62,124, much higher than the previous years and two times higher than 2010, contributing to raising the total number of Vietnamese workers aboard to a record high. Taiwan was the largest recipient of Vietnamese workers in 2014, accounting for nearly 60% of total guest workers abroad. It was followed by Japan, the Rok and Malaysia. Japan received 19,766 Vietnamese workers while the RoK received 7,242 and Malaysia received 5,139. Vietnam also sent 2,516 workers … [Read more...]

Japan – a tiger economy for labour exports


(VOV) - For calendar year 2014 the export of temporary labour to Japan in terms of number of workers jumped 60% on-year to 16,283, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department. Meanwhile, a representative from LOD Human Resource Development Corporation in Hanoi said the character of the labour migration has changed with demand for female migrant workers on the upswing. The occupations of guest workers have also diversified to include professionals, factory workers, and domestic workers, while the tradition of Vietnamese construction workers, sailors, and nurses remains strong. Vinaconex Trading and Manpower Joint Stock Company said Japanese agriculture firms have been actively recruiting married couples to work in Ibaraki prefecture. Specifically Vietnamese workers aged between 25 and 30 with high school certificates and two-years of experience are in high demand. Nguyen Van Hiep, Vinaconex Director General, said the construction industry in Japan is a hot market for … [Read more...]

Vietnam hits record-high labour exports


Vietnam sent a record-high 105,000 guest workers abroad in 2014, 113 percent of the year's target, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department. Compared to 2013, the number of Vietnamese guest workers sent to Taiwan increased to 60,000 from 46,000, while the number in Japan rose from 9,600 to 20,000. A total of 7,000 guest workers were sent to the Republic of Korea (RoK), 5,000 to Malaysia, 4,000 to Saudi Arabia and 1,000 to Qatar. Compared to 2013, the number of workers in these four markets dropped by about 5,000. Nguyen Luong Trao, Chairman of the Vietnam Labour Export Association, said the country last year sent the highest number of guest workers to Northeast Asia, around 90,000, accounting for 86 percent of the total 40 labour-export markets. Tong Hai Nam, Deputy Head of the Overseas Labour Management Department, said that 2014 was not completely successful for the labour-export market as all 1,750 guest workers from Libya had to return due to political … [Read more...]