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...]

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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...]