Children’s book fair opens

HCM CITY (VNS) — The HCM City-based Books Distribution Corp (Fahasa) yesterday kicked off an exhibition of children's books "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with Friends and Books" at three bookshops in HCM City. On display were 15,000 Vietnamese-language books selected from local publishers such as Tre, Kim Dong, Dinh Ty, Minh Long, Dong A, and Tan Viet. These include well-known picture books for Vietnamese children such as De Men Phieu Luu Ky (Cricket's Journey); Than Dong Dat Viet (Vietnamese Child Prodigy), and Dat Rung Phuong Nam (Forestland from the South). On display were over 10,000 foreign-language books from overseas publishers such as Little Tiger Press, Penguin Group UK, Hechette Book Group, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Parragon, Harper Collins, and Usborne. The exhibition is taking place at Fahasa's bookshops at Xuan Thu, 391 Tran Hung Dao Street, District 1; Nguyen Hue, 40 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1; and Sai Gon, 60-62 Le Loi Street, … [Read more...]

Vietnamese join hands to protect territorial sovereignty

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A trans-Vietnam walk, a photograph album and a series of comic strips that were made last year are all aimed at showing the same thing: patriotism and sovereignty protection. >> 'Fists' should be prepared for sovereignty protection: Vietnam rear admiral The walker, the photographers and the writer made their own products to contribute to the manifestation of the Vietnamese people's love for the fatherland and their determination to safeguard national territorial sovereignty in response to China's illegal deployment of its Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig in Vietnamese waters from early May to July 16, 2014. Vo Manh Tuan: a two-month walk Vo Manh Tuan, a young teacher with a Master's degree at Kon Tum Vocational High School in the Central Highlands city of Kon Tum, reached his final destination at the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City on September 22, 2014 after walking 2,000 kilometers from Hanoi over two months. During his trans-Vietnam walk, the 28-year-old took along … [Read more...]

Vietnamese teen wins US oratory prize

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Child prodigy Do Nhat Nam has won another accolade, this time a prize for oration in the US where the 14-tear-old is now a student in Texas. Child prodigy Do Nhat Nam Nam won first prize in the Dallas Diocesan Speech League’s oratory category, representing his school St. Paul The Apostle, where he has been a student since September. Feted as a "Vietnamese child prodigy", Nam was recognised as the youngest translator in Vietnam at the age of seven. His book How I Learn English cemented his reputation. Nam’s mother, Phan Ho Diep, said he Nam had to go through a number of elimination tests to earn the right to represent his school in the contest, in which he talked about his dream of becoming a superman who can save the world. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese comic book on sovereignty stirs up Chinese concerns

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The Chinese press has given many pages recently on Vietnam's first comic book affirming sovereignty over the Spratly and Paracels archipelagos. The first volume "Hoang Sa, Truong Sa - khang dinh chu quyen" or Paracels, Spratly - Affirming Vietnamese Sovereignty, was published in September. While the publishing of the book received great support and appreciation from local readers, several Chinese newspapers have disputed claims made in the book. Several local experts said the situation has proven the influence of the book and indicates the initial success of Vietnam's long-term effort to protect sovereignty over the islands based on much evidence. Dr. Nguyen Nha, former consultant to the book's authors, said, "Comics about Hoang Sa and Truong Sa are a positive start of a new communication strategy to convey messages of patriotism and knowledge about the country's sea and island sovereignty to the young generations in a simple way." The ten-volume comic series follows the … [Read more...]

Comic popularises Vietnam’s sovereignty

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The first volume, entitled Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagoes: Sovereignty Affirmation, was presented to young readers on Wednesday in HCM City. Patriotic prodigies: Cover of the Paracel and Spratly Archipelagoes: Sovereignty Affirmation Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes is the main theme in the latest volumes of the widely popular comic series Than Dong Dat Viet (Vietnamese Child Prodigies). The first volume, entitled Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagoes: Sovereignty Affirmation, was presented to young readers on Wednesday in HCM City by Phan Thi Education, Communications and Entertainment JSC. The 100-page comic book is about the adventures of Trang Ty (Prodigy Ty) and his friends, including a princess from the Nguyen dynasty, to discover the islands. Alongside the dramatic details of the adventures, the book also features historical facts, proving that Viet Nam's sovereignty over the two archipelagoes has been … [Read more...]

Comic popularises VN sovereignty

Patriotic prodigies: Cover of the Paracel and Spratly Archipelagoes: Sovereignty Affirmation.

HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes is the main theme in the latest volumes of the widely popular comic series Than Dong Dat Viet (Vietnamese Child Prodigies). The first volume, entitled Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagoes: Sovereignty Affirmation, was presented to young readers on Wednesday in HCM City by Phan Thi Education, Communications and Entertainment JSC. The 100-page comic book is about the adventures of Trang Ty (Prodigy Ty) and his friends, including a princess from the Nguyen dynasty, to discover the islands. Alongside the dramatic details of the adventures, the book also features historical facts, proving that Viet Nam's sovereignty over the two archipelagoes has been exercised for several centuries since the Nguyen dynasty. In creating the book, the editors have referred to several historical documents. Historian Nguyen Nha, a researcher in the history of the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa … [Read more...]

Child prodigy’s interview stirs up the public

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VietNamNet Bridge - Do Nhat Nam, 11, called a "Vietnamese child prodigy" for his brilliant achievements obtained so far, has raised a big controversy in the society after giving an interview to a local newspaper and talking about his dreams and sharing his experience in learning English. Do Nhat Nam At the age of 11, Nam has become very well known in Vietnam for the achievements that no one could imagine could be made by an 11-year-old boy. He was the MC at a VTC program for children. He is now the English teacher for the children who suffer from cancer. Nam is the youngest translator who has published his own book. He got high results at the international English tests. The title of the "youngest autobiography writer in Vietnam" has been granted to the boy for the bilingual book "To da hoc tieng Anh nhu the nao?" (How do I learn English?). When asked about the books Nam likes reading, he said he likes politics, science and informatics books. He also said that he doesn't like comic … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s island sovereignty depicted in comics

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Maps proving Vietnamese sovereignty over the Paracel (Hoang Sa) and Spratly (Truong Sa) islands have been added into new volumes of a local famous comic named Vietnamese Child Prodigy or Than Dong Dat Viet. Between September 4 and 25, 773 people showed their support for the comics on a Facebook page that can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/tddvtshs. The page was set up before Phan Thi Company launched the new volumes to gain publicity. According the company, the story line was based on documents about Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands and includes historical details related to Vietnamese island sovereignty. They said that they hoped the comic would help provide Vietnamese children with some awareness of the island sovereignty issue. … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT 24/2

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More bronze drums to be made Kinh Do Investment and Media Company and the AMC Investment and Development Joint Stock Company, under the patronage of the Viet Nam Cultural Heritage Association and the Viet Nam Historical Science Association, plan to cast 37 bronze drums. … [Read more...]

Parents concerned over violent comics, DVDs

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VietNamNet Bridge - Educators and parents are concerned that many of the most popular books for children, especially those translated from foreign languages, contain too much violence and other adult content. "When we were teens, we liked Vietnamese stories eulogising national heroes and examples of children doing well at home and school, but now these books are old-fashioned for most children," the father of an 11-year-old boy grumbles. Children prefer Japanese and Chinese comics and books like Skip Beat Manga, A Half of Ranma, and Inu-Yasha which depict leading characters using guns and swords and carrying on adult love affairs. "Violent and sexy comics can affect children because they are young and naive," Bui Chi Vinh, a popular children's book write based in HCM City, says. The best solution for the problem is for Vietnamese authors, artists, and designers to create more quality books that appeal to children, he says. He points to the example of Than Dong Dat Viet … [Read more...]

Vietnamese comics come into their own

The "Than Dong Dat Viet" series are published in 2002 and have a significant success with 30,000 copies sold of every edition.

2010 marks a significant milestone for the company, the entrepreneur and Vietnam's comic industry as a whole - it is the 10th anniversary of the "Than Dong Dat Viet" (Vietnamese Child Prodigies) comic series. Published by the Phan Thi Company - a pioneer publisher of Vietnamese comics - the series marks the success of an effort that has had to struggle with much stronger, well-equipped competition - Japanese comics. The "Than Dong Dat Viet" series has been in the market since 2002, and has been a significant success with 30,000 copies sold of every edition. The company has built on its success to publish other titles including "Than Dong Dat Viet Fanclub" (Vietnamese Prodigies Fanclub), "Truyen Tranh Viet" (Vietnamese comic book series), and "Truyen Hay Su Viet" (Interesting Stories of Vietnamese history). It has also coordinated with vncomicfarm.com to publish Truyen Tranh Viet online. More than entertainment The company has not only sought to entertain children, but also to … [Read more...]

Vietnam attended the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

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(Cinet)- The 52nd annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair opened on March 30 with the participation of publishers from around the world, including Vietnam Young Publishing House. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. In Bologna authors, illustrators, literary agents, licensors and licensees, packagers, distributors, printers, booksellers, and librarians meet to sell and buy copyright, find the very best of children’s publishing and multimedia production, generate and gather new contacts while strengthening professional relationships, discover new business opportunities, discuss and debate the latest sector trends. Each year, the fair proposes to all exhibitors and visitors alike, special initiatives that offer excellent opportunities to increase contacts and hone ones’ skills in various sectors of the children’s copyright market. In the framework of … [Read more...]

Bologna Children’s Book Fair opens

A corner of the book fair (Source: RAI)

On March 30th, the opening ceremony of the 52nd annual children’s book fair opened in Bologna in Italy. The exhibition gives everyone the chance to discover the latest market trends in the book industry, to meet the most important illustrators and authors and see the winners of the most prestigious international awards. The event is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors, 1,200 exhibitors from 75 countries and 25,000 international professional trade representatives. Each year, the fair proposes to all exhibitors and visitors alike, special initiatives that offer excellent opportunities to increase contacts and hone ones’ skills in various sectors of the children’s copyright market. In the framework of the 52nd Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna Fiere and AIE - Italian Publishers’ Association will organize the 3rd BOP - Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the year. The prize has been instituted to pay tribute to … [Read more...]

HCM City to upgrade public bus system

A project to upgrade public bus services is set to be approved by the HCM City government later this month. Under the project, in 2012-15, the bus system will add 10 new routes and 1,680 buses at a cost of around VND2 trillion (US$100 million). There are now 85 routes and 1,516 buses operated by 15 transport companies. Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) HCM City Youth Union to provide swimming lessons The HCM City Youth Union will provide swimming training for students in rural districts this summer. During the two-month programme 30,000 children aged between eight and 16 will also be taught the use of swimming safety equipment and about safety in the water and life-saving skills. Tuoi Tre (Youth) Libraries to get books on ethnic folk art The Viet Nam Folk Arts Association's five-year project, Introducing and Expanding Folk Arts Property, launched in 2008 is set to publish 1,000 books and documents on ethnic minority folk arts and literature collected and … [Read more...]

Hanoi to kick off Vietnam-France Music Festival

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Hardcore Melbourne band to rock capital During the evening, their performances will include songs written about current social issues, relationships and the things that mean the most to the band - hardcore music. All of the members come from a background influenced by punk, hardcore and metal bands, but all know that hardcore is the most important music in their hearts, and through this, they have formed a strong bond to find their niche with the style of music they create. The band will rock the stage at Hanoi Rock City, 27/52 To Ngoc Van Street, from 7-11.55pm. Tickets for the show are available at door. Picture books on Hoang Sa - Truong Sa published The first in a ten-volume picture book series named Than Dong Dat Viet: Truong Sa va Hoang Sa (the Vietnamese child prodigy: Spratly and Paracel) has been published by Phan Thi Company. The ten-book series is Vietnam's first publication to provide Vietnamese children with some awareness of the island sovereignty issue. The … [Read more...]

Vietnamese child prodigy wins U16 title at SEA chess event

Nguyen Anh Khoi is considered a prodigy in chess - Photo Thanhniennews

An eleven-year-old boy from Viet Nam is a champion chess player. He did very well in a big competition. Lots of people from many countries in Southeast Asia entered the competition. Viet Nam did particularly well. HA NOI (VNS) — Nguyen Anh Khoi, 11, stormed to victory in the boy's U16 standard category at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Open Chess Championships which wrapped up in Thailand on Thursday. The youngster, who is world U10 defending champion, earlier took the lead in the U12's rapid chess event. With Khoi's outstanding performance, Viet Nam took the lead at the event with 21 golds, 22 silvers and 26 bronzes, followed by the Philippines with eight golds, 10 silvers and eight bronzes and Singapore with six golds, two silvers and three bronzes. The 10-day tournament attracted 386 players from 15 countries who competed across 14 age groups for both men's and women's singles, pairs and mixed pairs events. Viet Nam sent a total of 116 players to participate in the standard, … [Read more...]

Vietnamese child prodigy wins U16 title at SEA chess

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Nguyen Anh Khoi, 11, stormed to victory in the boy's U16 standard category at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Open Chess Championships which wrapped up in Thailand on June 13. Nguyen Anh Khoi is considered a prodigy in chess. (Source: Thanhniennews) The youngster, who is world U10 defending champion, earlier took the lead in the U12's rapid chess event. With Khoi's outstanding performance, Vietnam took the lead at the event with 21 golds, 22 silvers and 26 bronzes, followed by the Philippines with eight golds, 10 silvers and eight bronzes and Singapore with six golds, two silvers and three bronzes. The 10-day tournament attracted 386 players from 15 countries who competed across 14 age groups for both men's and women's singles, pairs and mixed pairs events. Vietnam sent a total of 116 players to participate in the standard, rapid and blitz events.-VNA … [Read more...]

Meeting a Vietnamese child prodigy of electronics

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Nguyen Duong Kim Hao, 12, was awarded the gold prize for his smart control panel by the Korea Invention Academy at the International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2013, held in Malaysia on May 11th. Kim Hao, one of Vietnam's child prodigies, is currently both a class six pupil at Nguyen Gia Thieu Secondary School in Tan Binh District and a student of the FPT-APTECH center. For winning first prize at the National Youth Computer Competition last year, Hao was able to study two free courses on computer programming at FPT-APTECH. It was the first time the child prodigy joined a class with adults in it, as well as the start of his computer programming period. Tran Thi Huong, a computer programming teacher at FPT-APTECH, said, "At first, I thought Hao was an adult with a 'young' body. After learning that he is only 12, I was very surprised ! Because he has very good knowledge about programming, is able to understand new lessons quickly and is able to help his … [Read more...]

Reasonable education method would help nurture child prodigies

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VietNamNet Bridge - How to treat child prodigies to nurture their talents for devoting to the country remains controversial. Local newspapers recently reported a lot of cases of children who could read and write at the very early ages, describing them as "child prodigies" and calling for the society's support to develop the talents. … [Read more...]

What’s on May 2016 (Daily updated)

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MUSIC AND PERFORMANCESHCMC-Opera "The Magic Flute" May 7 and 8, 8pm Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, District 1 The Magic Flute, which premiered in Vienna in 1791, is one of the world's best known operas. The Magic Flute will be performed in full length and in original language in Ho-Chi-Minh-City as a German-Vietnamese co-operation directed by David Hermann and conducted by Tran Nhat Minh. Hanoi-Hip hop and Contemporary Dance "Autarcie (.…)" May 6, 8pm Youth Theatre,11 Ngo Thi Nham Street, "Autarcie (….)",choreographed by Anne Nguyen - Compagnie Par Terre, is a strategy game between frontal dance and free digressions, which confronts two specialties of hip-hop dance: break and popping. The center stage is the rallying point where four dancers unite to build a war dance. The empty space beyond the area of understanding draws them and propels them in search of territory, alliances and hierarchy. Ticket: VND170,000 - VND100,000 - … [Read more...]