Vietnamese join hands to protect territorial sovereignty

Vo Manh Tuan, who walked 2,000 kilometers from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City over two months.  Photo:  Tuoi Tre    3backpackers group's album

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...]

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...]

Certificate of merit awarded to collector of maps on Spratly and Paracel archipelagos

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On June 19, the Da Nang city People's Committee awarded a certificate of merit to Tran Thang, an overseas Vietnamese in the United States, head of the Institute for Vietnamese Culture and Education in the US, for making large contributions to studying and collecting materials affirming that the Spratly and Paracel archipelagos belong to Vietnam's sovereignty. Mr. Tran Thang (Photo: VnExpress) Since 2012, Mr. Thang collected and bought three atlases, 135 maps and 170 pictures of maps from Britain, France, the US, Canada, China, etc. to present to the Da Nang city authority. Many of them were published by China, in which they confirmed that the Spratly and Paracel archipelagos belong to Vietnam's territory. Deputy Chairman of the Da Nang city People's Committee Phung Tan Viet praised the heart of Mr. Thang in helping Da Nang city in particular and Vietnam in general have more legal evidence of Vietnam's sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos, saying that he hoped Mr. … [Read more...]

Impoverished fisherman heading back to sea

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A seasoned fisherman who went bankrupt after Chinese forces illegally seized his fishing boats last year has become the first to benefit from a credit program for Vietnamese fishermen in the East Sea. Mai Phung Luu will head back to sea after being granted a low-interest loan. … [Read more...]

Nguyen Lords exercise sovereignty over Hoang Sa, Truong Sa

Vietnam has sufficient legal basis and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty rights over Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagoes. An international conference on the East Sea will be held in Hanoi from November 11-12. On this occasion, the Vietnam News Agency would like to introduce the article " How did the Nguyen Lords Excercise Sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Archipelagoes ?" published on the website of Vietnam's Sovereign Boundaries, the National Boundary Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May, 2013. Vietnam has established and exercised its national sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes in a peaceful manner and in line with international law. Hoang Sa Flotilla - the first feudal state-controlled group exercising management in the East Sea - is a forceful evidence of Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes. In addition, the missions of the Flotilla clearly reflected the fact that Vietnam had established and … [Read more...]

NA committee meeting ends with water debate

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The National Assembly Standing Committee concluded its four-day meeting yesterday after giving opinions on the committee's proposed agenda for 2012 and debating the draft Law on Water Resources. In its final actions of the meeting, the committee elected a new member to the Council for Selecting Procurators for the Supreme People's Procuracy and the Central Military Procuracy, adopting the proposal of the chief inspector of the Supreme People's Procuracy to name Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Tran Anh Tuan to the Council for Selecting Procurators for the Supreme People's Procuracy and the Central Military Procuracy. National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung also asked all National Assembly committees to prepare reports on the results of the third session of the 13th National Assembly for submission to the upcoming fourth session. He urged them to renew their agenda to improve the role of the National Assembly in lawmaking, legislative oversight and deciding on national priorities … [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...]