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...]

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...]

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...]

Nguyen Hoang Thien jumps 94 grades in ITF ranking

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Vietnam's tennis player, Nguyen Hoang Thien, 17, has made a great leap in the rankings of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), from 238th to 144th. Behind Thien is Vietnamese Canadian player, Nguyen Thai Binh. Thien's big move on the ITF ranking is thanks to his success at the China Junior 15 tournament in China several days ago. At this event, Thien ranked second. Thien now attends China Junior 16 - Beijing 2011. He defeated Swedish player Fred Simonsson in the first game. Today, September 28, he will face Gao Xin (China), who ranks 71st in ITF ranking. This is good news for Thien, who had to take a rest for half of a year owning to wounds and missed the Rolland Garros. Last year, Thien participated in U18 (group 3) tournaments of the ITF. This year, he has moved to the group 2. This is new progress in his career. Ranking behind Thien in the ITF ranking is Canada's, Edward Nguyen Thai Binh, a Vietnamese origin. Four years ago, Binh emerged as a "child prodigy" of tennis … [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...]

A tour of Buddhist temples in Truong Sa

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Lightbox linkMore images: 13 images Lightbox linkLightbox linkLightbox linkLightbox linkLightbox linkLightbox linkLightbox linkLightbox linkLightbox linkLightbox linkLightbox linkLightbox link Song Tu Tay Temple Nhan Dan Online - Since time immemorial, Vietnamese fishermen have built small shrines and temples on islands in the East Sea to pray for safety and good luck during their seafaring journeys. The following is a photo gallery of recently built and renovated Buddhist temples on the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands. Song Tu Tay Temple Song Tu Tay Temple, on Song Tu Tay Island, is the largest Buddhist temple in Truong Sa, built according to the traditional architectural layout. Its garden grows a variety of plants indigenous to Truong Sa such as velvet soldierbush (Heliotropium foertherianum) and beach barringtonia (Barringtonia asiatica). Song Tu Tay Temple, together with the lighthouse and monument to national hero Tran Hung Dao, forms a typical Vietnamese architectural, … [Read more...]

Vietnam opposes Taiwan’s oil plans

Taiwan's planned oil and gas exploration in the sea around Ba Binh Island seriously violates Vietnam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa archipelago, causes international tension and complicates the situation in the East Sea, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi has said. "Given the plethora of legal and historical evidence affirming Vietnamese sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, Vietnam demands the Taiwanese side immediately cancel its plan," Nghi told a press conference yesterday. Although China and Taiwan recently voiced concern that the Law on the Sea of Vietnam might affect relations with other countries in the region, the spokesperson said the adoption of the law was a normal and necessary action for a sovereign coastal state and a member of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). He added that the Law on the Sea clearly affirms the country's policy of peacefully settling the differences in the East … [Read more...]

Viet Nam opposes Taiwan’s oil plans

HA NOI (VNS)— Taiwan's planned oil and gas exploration in the sea around Ba Binh Island seriously violates Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa archipelago, causes international tension and complicates the situation in the East Sea, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi has said. "Given the plethora of legal and historical evidence affirming Vietnamese sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, Viet Nam demands the Taiwanese side immediately cancel its plan," Nghi told a press conference yesterday. Although China and Taiwan recently voiced concern that the Law on the Sea of Viet Nam might affect relations with other countries in the region, the spokesperson said the adoption of the law was a normal and necessary action for a sovereign coastal state and a member of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). He added that the Law on the Sea clearly affirms the country's policy of peacefully settling the … [Read more...]

Maps ‘ tool for demonstrating knowledge of territory

For every nation, maps are considered a special language and tool for demonstrating knowledge of territory. Old map proves China's claims are worthless All maps drawn by Chinese people before 1909 indicate that the southernmost point of China is Hainan Island. Meanwhile, Vietnamese made maps and European navigation charts since the 17th century have depicted that the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagos belong to Vietnam. According to historian Duong Trung Quoc, China's oldest map in contemporary times, '"Hoang trieu truc tinh dia du toan do'" (an administrative map of provincial boundaries) published in 1904, reflects China's perception of its territory during the Qing Dynasty. This shows that by the early 20th century, the Chinese feudal administration had not yet intended to claim sovereignty over the two archipelagos of Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Maps ‘ tool to demonstrate knowledge on territory

For every nation, maps are a special language and tool to demonstrate knowledge on territory. All maps drawn by Chinese people before 1909 indicate that the southernmost point of China is Hainan Island. Meanwhile, Vietnamese made maps and European navigation charts since the 17 th century, have depicted that the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagos belong to Vietnam. According to historian Duong Trung Quoc, China 's oldest map in contemporary times, '"Hoang trieu truc tinh dia du toan do'" (an administrative map of provincial boundaries) published in 1904, reflects China 's perception of its territory during the Qing Dynasty. This shows that by the early 20 th century, the Chinese feudal administration had not yet intended to claim sovereignty over the two archipelagos of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa of Vietnam. … [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

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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...]