More Vietnamese prefer fists to words

T.V.T. (lying) is seen receiving treatment at a local hospital after being stabbed by his drunk brother-in-law three days ahead of the 2015 Tet. Photo:

A worrying number of Vietnamese people, particularly youths, now do not think twice about the use of violence to straighten out disputes, even nonsensical trifles, which leaves behind tragic, fatal consequences. More than 6,200 people were hospitalized nationwide from February 15 to 22, the first eight days of the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday that technically ended on Monday, for treatment of injuries caused by fights, the Ministry of Health reported the same day. This figure is higher than that during the two previous Tet holidays. Of this year's victims, 15 died due to their critical condition, the ministry said. There are several different reasons, including nonsensical ones, behind such clashes. The culprits and even the victims are typically prone to letting violence and "demons" get the better of themselves during the vocal fights, which quickly escalate into bloody, fatal brawls. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has launched a forum for its readers to share their opinions … [Read more...]

Spring fests in Vietnam turn ugly with brawling, jostling (photos)

Visitors are shown thronging at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi on February 23, 2015, or the fifth day of Tet (Lunar New Year) for calligraphic works. Photo:

Overcrowding, fighting and rough shoving are common grievances at Vietnamese festivals, several of which have just kicked off and run for several days or even an entire month. Though Tet (Lunar New Year), which began on February 19, is technically over in cities, the springtime festive atmosphere is far from over, with festivals of different scales blossoming across the country for several days on end, or even running until the end of the first lunar month. As in previous years, the major festivals have each drawn thousands of visitors. Therefore, elbowing and scrambling are almost inevitable. The Giong Temple Festival runs annually in Hanoi’s outlying district of Soc Son from the sixth to the eighth days of the Lunar New Year, or from Tuesday to Thursday. On Tuesday morning, groups of outraged local youths beat each other with clubs after failing to snatch away the offering items from a palanquin procession, which is traditionally believed to bring good luck in the … [Read more...]

A Journey to Vi-Giam Folk Singing Region

« Vi-Giam folk singing is two ways of singing without accompaniment which have been created and handed down by people in Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces during their production and daily activities. People sing Vi-Giam songs while they lull their child to sleep, work in the fields, row a boat, weave cloth or husk rice. So the singing is often named after Jobs or activities such as Vi Phuong Vai (fabric guild), Vi Phuong Non (conical hat guild), Vi Phuong Cui (wood guild), Vi Treo Non (climbing the mountain), Vi Do Dua (rowing the boat), Giam Ru (lulling), Giam Ke (reciting) and Giam Khuyen (advising). These two ways of singing are usually performed alternately, hence they have the name Vi-Giam.» Vi-Giam folk singing has an extremely strong vitality. It not only existed in the past but has constantly developed in the hearts of people in Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces (Nghe Tinh). That’s why people in these provinces have a famous saying, "only when people here no … [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...]

Vietnamese animation: Hope for the brighter future

Scenes of some favourite Vietnamese animations namely, Tit and Mit, Under the tree, The adventure of Bee

(Cinet)- "Little flowers" screening on the Vietnamese televion used to be the most expected program of children in 1980s,1990s. The period of time "lack of culture" passed over , everything has changed… The golden age In 1960, the first black and white animation named "It serves the Fox right" ( Dang doi thang cao) debuted to public, making the milestone for establishing Vietnamese Animation. In the years 1960-1975, regardless of plentiful difficulties in war, tens of animations were born with some kind of films, namely drawing film, paper cutting film, Doll film… Besides, many qualified films obtained the high prizes in National as well as International Film Festival, including " A kitten" (Meo con) – gained the Siver pelican in Mamaia Film Fest in 1966, certificated in Frankfurt 1967, " the story about Giong" ( Chuyen ong giong) – gained The Golden Dove in Leipzig international film fest certificated in Moscow film Fest in 1971…Along with the … [Read more...]

Spring Festival to introduce Hanoi’s specialties

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PANO - The Hanoi Spring Festival 2015 from February 4th to 10th at the Quan Ngua Sporting Hall will introduce traditional trade villages, food and tourism of the capital city of Hanoi. The event's highlights are typical festivals of Thang Long-Hanoi, namely Giong Saint, Huong (Perfume) Pagoda and Co Loa, which are all introduced at pavilions. Some 300 other stalls will promote Hanoi’s culture, special dishes and tourism among domestics and internationals visitors. Moreover, folk games and artistic performances during the festival are hoped to lure more tourists to the capital city. The festival, organized by the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism is in response to the National Tourism Year-Thanh Hoa 2015, contributing to preserving and promoting traditional cultural values of thousand-year-old Thang Long-Hanoi. Translated by Ha Thanh … [Read more...]

Vietnam tourist attractions open for free, offer diverse activities during Tet

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A number of relics in Hanoi, Hue, and Hoi An Ancient Town will be open to tourists for free during Tet (Lunar New Year), while a myriad of activities are poised to take place in several other localities to celebrate the holiday. Hanoi The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided six of the capital’s relics and scenic spots will be open free to visitors on Lunar New Year’s Eve and the first two days of the new year, or from February 18 to 20. The spots are Ngoc Son and Quan Thanh Temples, Tay Phuong, Thay and Huong Pagodas, and Duong Lam Ancient Village. Pyrotechnic shows are also expected to light up 30 spots in the city on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Five high-range firework shows are set to sparkle over Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, Thong Nhat Park, Lac Long Quan Garden, Van Quan Lake, and My Dinh National Stadium. The other 25 low-range firework shows will take place in other areas. Authorities in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, … [Read more...]

Pre-1975 monuments in HCM City

Quach Thi Trang Statue in front of Tran Nguyen Han Monument.

VietNamNet Bridge - Many monuments built before the country’s unification in 1975 are located at HCM City’s most important traffic hubs. Emperor Quang Trung, real name Nguyen Hue (1753 - 1792), was the second emperor of the Tay Son Dynasty. He was a talented political leader with many nation-building reforms, a brilliant military leader with great victories in stabilizing the country and fighting foreign invaders. Kien Thuc … [Read more...]

Vietnamese myths featured in music

Spirited performer: Le Cat Trong Ly rehearses for her Vui transnational tour, held a few years ago.— Photo Courtesy of Le Cat Trong Ly

Vietnamese singer Le Cat Trong Ly along with American artists will depict six legendary Vietnamese myths through singing, live visual arts and an interactive dance tonight in HCM City. The American electronic duo, Space/Panther, will collaborate with Ly to create a digital fictional book about the six myths. Le Cat Trong Ly used one of the legends in composing her first song Chenh Venh when she began her music career. She wrote the song after reading the myths about Tien Dung and Chu Dong Tu. Inspired by the Vietnamese stories, the production will take the audience on an exhilarating ride through a land of fantasy. The legendary story of the fairy Au Co and dragon king Lac Long Quan represents the origin of the Vietnamese people, and the myth about Son Tinh and Thuy Tinh represents the seasonal patterns in Viet Nam. The story about Thanh Giong concerns a young boy who becomes a giant, brought by the gods to fight off invaders in Viet Nam, and another myth revolves around Chu … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people nationwide celebrate New Year

‘Street Lighting’ program featuring thousands of colorful lights in Can Tho

Like people elsewhere worldwide, Vietnamese people throughout the country had many joyous activities on New Years' Eve and expressed good wishes for happy and prosperous New Year to each other, last night. The much awaited event was a 15-minute firework display in combination with light art performances at the Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1. The art of visual effects in motion pictures gave audiences an opportunity to enjoy images of national flag, Party flag, President Ho Chi Minh’s portrait and the city’s icons. Another low-range firework display took place at the Dam Sen Park in District 11. The city has seen many cultural events, including the 2015 New Year Festival in September 23 Park; a ‘Street Lighting’ program featuring thousands of colorful lights in the City Center; and art performances at Labor Culture Palace, in front of Thu Thiem tunnel's gate in District 2, in Rach Mieu Indoor Stadium in Phu Nhuan District, … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City bustling with numerous New Year activities

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A series of festive activities will be held across Ho Chi Minh City to welcome the New Year 2015. One of the highlights is spectacular firework displays on New Year’s Eve (January 1). A 15-minute firework display in combination with light art performances will be set up at the Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1. The art of visual effects in motion pictures will give audiences an opportunity to enjoy images of national flag, Party flag, President Ho Chi Minh and the city’s icons. Another low-range firework display will take place at the Dam Sen Park in District 11. The city will also see many cultural events, including the 2015 New Year Festival in September 23 Park; a ‘Street Lighting’ program featuring thousands of colorful lights in the City Center; and art performances at Labor Culture Palace, in front of Thu Thiem tunnel's gate in District 2, in Rach Mieu Indoor Stadium in Phu Nhuan District, Nga Ba Giong Martyr Monument in Hoc Mon District, … [Read more...]

Heritage Linkage: Specific Actions Needed

Although it has a long history and rich, characteristic culture, Vietnam has not paid due attention to linking its heritages to serve tourism to raise heritage values.

Apart from 21 World Heritage Sites, Vietnam has more than 40,000 monuments and landscapes, of which 3,000 monuments are rated "National Relics" and more than 5,000 monuments are rated "Provincial Relics." Some relics have been used for tourism development. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has the most World Heritages like Ca Tru singing, Doctorate Stele at Literature Temple, Thang Long Imperial Citadel and Giong Festival. These heritages are very important for tourism development. Mr Mai Tien Dung, Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Hanoi, said, cultural heritages play an extremely important role in tourism development in Hanoi and heritage values are valuable only when they are attached to tourism. Firstly, through tourism, heritages are introduced to domestic and international friends. Secondly, only through tourism, valuable heritages can be restored and preserved. Understanding the tremendous value of World Heritages to tourism development, the … [Read more...]

PetroVietnam’s war veterans care for policy beneficiaries

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PANO - The War Veterans' Association of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) has handed over gratitude houses to heroic mothers, war invalids and sick soldiers in Thai Binh province in celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army and the 25th anniversary of the All-People's Defense Festive Day. The PetroVietnam presented a house of comradeship to the family of Nguyen Thi Giong in Quynh Hung commune, Quynh Phu district, a war veteran's wife who has been leading a hard life in a severely degraded house. The 45sq.m house was built at a total cost of VND 93 million, including VND 50 million from the group's gratitude fund. Besides, the group also inaugurated other houses to war veteran Dinh Van Binh in Tran Lam ward, Thai Binh City and heroic Vietnamese mother Dang Thi Khieu in Vu Thu district. The unit also contributed VND 100 million to build new houses for heroic Vietnamese mother Pham Thi Hat, whose brothers and son sacrificed … [Read more...]

Social News 23/12

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Farmer turns down VND30m offers for giant chicken A farmer in Hung Yen Province has grown what he hopes will be an award-winning giant chicken, weighing seven kilograms, and has refused offers of more than VND 30 million to sell it. Han Minh, from Dong Tao Commune, Khoai Chau Distrist, wants to enter the chicken in the annual chicken fair later this month. The commune is renowned for its breed of giant chickens, which can have legs bigger than a man's arm. Han Minh said, "Some people offered me over VND 30 million for my seven kilogram chicken, but I want to sign it up for the upcoming fair." Dong Tao's chickens, which take up to two years to grow to full size, are much sought after for their unique appearance, and as a luxury status symbol for the Tet holiday. The chickens usually fetch prices of VND 300,000 to VND 400,000 per kilogram. Expressway crack repairs completed The Viet Nam Expressway Corporation has finished fixing a 73m crack that appeared between Km82 and 83 of … [Read more...]

Scarcity drives up prices for Tet treats

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HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — The supply of speciality fruits in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta for the coming Tet (Lunar New Year), which falls in mid-February, will be scarce because unfavourable weather has affected output, according to farmers. In recent days, the price of speciality fruit like Nam Roi grapefruit, green-peel and pink-flesh grapefruit and Hoa Loc mango has risen because of low supply. Nguyen Van Khanh, who grows Nam Roi grapefruit in Hau Giang Province's Chau Thanh District, said the price of Nam Roi grapefruit was VND3,000 a kilo higher than the same period last year. Nam Roi grapefruit is selling for VND13,000-16,000 a kilo. Traders at Nam Roi grapefruit orchards have left deposits in advance to buy fruit for Tet at VND20,000-30,000 a kilo, but orchard owners do not have much to sell, Khanh said. This year, only 20 per cent of the flowers of Nam Roi grapefruit bore fruit, as bad weather affected output. Dam Vinh Hung, owner of Huong Mien Tay, a fruit exporting … [Read more...]

Social News 18/12

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Ha Noi told to fight sexual harassment in public transport The National Committee for Traffic Safety asked the Ha Noi People's Committee to combat sexual harassment against women and girls on public transport. Accordingly, relevant agencies must identify locations, public transport routes and road sections where sexual harassment often occurs. The city must also improve lighting in areas where women are vulnerable to sexual assault, broadly announce telephone numbers for police in case of emergency and give instructions and advice on how to avoid and what to do when encountering sexual harassment. Women should be provided training in necessary skills to protect themselves in public places, and authorities should encourage them to report sexual harassment and other physical abuse, the committee said. Additionally, the city must tighten control over areas where sexual abuse is common in order to discover and punish criminals. Deputy chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee … [Read more...]

Disadvantaged residents in North receive cow

At the ceremony (Photo: SGGP)

Military-run Vietnamese mobile network operator Viettel in coordination with People’s Committee of the northern province of Cao Bang and Border Guard Steering Committee yesterday held a ceremony to give seeding cows to poor residents in the province’s Trung Khanh District. State President Truong Tan Sang and representative of the program "Bo Giong Giup Nguoi ngheo bien gioi" (Seeding cow for border poor residents) handed over 50 cows to disadvantaged people in Chi vien, Dam Thuy, and Phong Nam of Trung Khanh District of Cao Bang Province. Each one year old seeding cow weighing from 130 kilogram worth VND50 million (US$2,340) will help residents stabilize and improve their family economy. To support residents in breeding cows, Viettel Corporation also gave each family a mobile phone for connecting the steering board when they need guideline. In addition, Viettel Corporation provided 20,000 tons of cement for building and upgrading farm houses. Speaking at the ceremony, … [Read more...]

2014 outstanding entrepreneurs and lecturers honored

30 outstanding entrepreneurs and lecturers were honored in Hanoi,    on Sunday. (Photo: vov.vn)

(VOVworld) – 30 outstanding entrepreneurs and lecturers were honored in Hanoi, on Sunday. A ceremony was co-hosted by the Vietnam Young Entrepreneurs Association, the Thanh Giong Intellectual Gateway, and TOPICA E-learning Program. At the event, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and Vietnam Youth Union awarded 5 entrepreneurs who have helped youths set themselves up in business. 30 entrepreneurs have led projects to assist youths in business and share their experience with youths via E-learning. … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City to welcome New Year with myriad festivities

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Many activities to welcome the upcoming New Year will kick off from December 20 in Ho Chi Minh City, the local People’s Committee said Tuesday on its website. Several streets in the downtown area including Ham Nghi, Le Loi, Dong Khoi, Le Duan, Nguyen Van Troi and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, as well as well-known places such as District 1’s Lam Son Park and Con Rua (Turtle) Lake will be decorated with lights from December 20 to January 5. … [Read more...]