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

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(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

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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

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 protects rights of women migrant workers

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(VOV) - Integration has contributed to an increasing flow of guest workers from Vietnam and currently as many as 500,000 adults have migrated to more than 40 countries around the globe to work. The Overseas Labour Management Department also reports that over the past five years the average annual number of women and men guest workers has been on the uptick averaging 35,000 and 55,000 respectively. While integration may foster trade and investment, it does not necessarily create an environment that protects workers economic, social and physical security and increasing numbers of women have complained of low pay, long hours and substandard accommodation. The department said the problems encountered by the women were further compounded by language issues and a fundamental lack of knowledge and understanding of their basic rights. The women have been filling gaps, particularly as domestic workers, nurses, dressmakers and assembly line workers in electronics factories in the RoK, Taiwan … [Read more...]

Social News 1/4

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Operation Pacific Angel plane lands in Da Nang A C-130 transport airplane landed at Da Nang International Airport yesterday, as part of Operation Pacific Angel 15, running in Quang Ngai province from March 14 to April 3. The operation included an exchange between the United States Air Force and Viet Nam Air Force and Defence at the airport on the same day, on the capabilities of C-130 airplanes in humanitarian and disaster-relief missions. Operation Pacific Angel is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance exercise led by the United States Pacific Air Forces. The three key programmes of PACANGEL are health services, civil construction and expert exchanges on health matters, providing optometry, dental, women's health and physical therapy, as well as other health services for local patients. Over 2 million foreign visitors to Vietnam in first quarter The number of foreign tourists to Vietnam in the first quarter of this year is estimated to reach 2,007,884, down 13.7% … [Read more...]

Over 25,000 labourers sent oversea in first quarter of 2015

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Vietnam sent more than 25,766 workers overseas in the first quarter this year, up 10.7 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD) under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs. The figure represented 27 percent of the year's target. In March alone, as many as 8,560 went abroad under working contracts, mostly to Taiwan, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Middle East countries. Vietnam sent a record-high 105,840 guest workers abroad in 2014, 110 percent of the year's target, according to statistics from the OLMD. Compared to 2013, the number of Vietnamese guest workers sent to Taiwan increased to 62,000 from 46,000, while those working in Japan rose from 9,600 to nearly 20,000. According to Nguyen Luong Trao, Chairman of the Vietnam Labour Export Association, last year the highest number of guest workers went to Northeast Asia, around 90,000, accounting for 86 percent of the total 40 labour-export … [Read more...]

Over 25,000 labourers go to work abroad in first quarter

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In March, an additional 8,560 labourers went to work abroad, raising the total number of guest workers in the first quarter of this year to 25,766, accounting for 27.12% of the year’s plan and seeing a year-on-year increase of 10.7%, the Overseas Labourer Management Department reported on March 30th. According to the department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), in March, the guest workers were sent to Taiwan (China) (5,953), Japan (1,618), the Republic of Korea (262), Malaysia (328) and the Middle East labour market. In 2015, together with developing the traditional labour markets, MOLISA is studying how to expand others with better working conditions and income for labourers, especially for the skilled and semi-skilled. Accordingly, the ministry has encouraged labour export enterprises to seek contracts involving highly skillful labourers while paying attention to training labourers for the contracts. This year, some markets in the … [Read more...]

Over 25,000 labourers sent oversea in Q1

Vietnam sent more than 25,766 workers overseas in the first quarter this year, up 10.7 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD) under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs. The figure represented 27 percent of the year's target. In March alone, as many as 8,560 went abroad under working contracts, mostly to Taiwan, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Middle East countries. Vietnam sent a record-high 105,840 guest workers abroad in 2014, 110 percent of the year's target, according to statistics from the OLMD. Compared to 2013, the number of Vietnamese guest workers sent to Taiwan increased to 62,000 from 46,000, while those working in Japan rose from 9,600 to nearly 20,000. According to Nguyen Luong Trao, Chairman of the Vietnam Labour Export Association, last year the highest number of guest workers went to Northeast Asia, around 90,000, accounting for 86 percent of the total 40 … [Read more...]

Good signs of labour export at beginning of year

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In the first 2 months of this year, over 17,200 Vietnamese labourers went to work abroad, seeing a year-on-year increase of 23.5%, said the statistics from the Vietnamese Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). Labour export saw positive signs at the beginning of this year. At present, Taiwan (China) is still the biggest receiver of Vietnamese labourers with nearly 11,000 travelling there to work in January and February, accounting for 63.4% of the total number of Vietnamese guest workers. Taiwan (China) is considering receiving Vietnamese labourers to work in the fisheries sector and as domestic help. The MOLISA and the Overseas Labourer Management Department are doing their utmost to negotiate an expansion of opportunities for Vietnamese labourers in this labour market. Representatives from the Overseas Labourer Management Department, in 2015, apart from developing the traditional markets, labour export … [Read more...]

Social News 6/3

Old teacher holds free class for border children in An Giang A retired teacher has been offering free classes to poor children of mountainous An Giang Province for 18 years. Nong Na Nuong, 66, lives in a charity house in Vinh Tam Hamlet of Vinh Trung Commune in Tinh Bien District, and gets no pension because she had to quit teaching because of health problems in 1997. She gets support from a relative and her neighbours. But none of that has diminished her passion to teach. "I had worked as a primary teacher for 20 years before opening this free class for local poor children," she said. She teaches Vietnamese language and mathematics, at primary school level, and she attracts 10-15 students -- as many as 20 during summer. "We really admire teacher Nuong for her enthusiasm for education," siad Le Thi Diem, the mother of one of the students. "She refuses any tuition fees even though she has her own economic and health problems." Many of her students are ethnic Kkmer, and sometimes … [Read more...]

Vietnam protects guest workers in Thailand

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(VOV) - It is estimated that thousands of Vietnamese migrant workers fuel Thailand’s huge fishing and manufacturing industries as well as toil in restaurants and work as domestic helpers. Many of these workers do not hold legal documents authorising them to work in the country and as a consequence are vulnerable to exploitation and lack access to legal protection for fear that they would be deported. As a result, the Vietnam Overseas Labour Management Department working closely with the Thailand government has been taking the initiative to protect their rights. The majority of these workers are from farming villages in rural Vietnam and they send their salaries to their families back home. Many Vietnam migrant workers in Thailand As one example of the abuse, take the case of dockworkers at the Pae Pla Pier in Mahachai, Thailand. Guest workers earn between US$9–US$18 per day for carting barrels of fish from the fishing trawlers and loading on to seafood trucks. Another … [Read more...]