OV commission marks 55th founding anniversary

The State Commission on Overseas Vietnamese (SCOV) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs celebrated its 55th founding anniversary (November 23, 1959) in Hanoi on November 21. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh highlighted the SCOV's efforts to overcome difficulties and make crucial contributions to issues relating to overseas Vietnamese (OV) in particular and external affairs in general. SCOV Chairman Vu Hong Nam, who also serves as Deputy Foreign Minister, said the … [Read more...]

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Committee urged to enhance Party building

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh addresses the ceremony. (Credit: VNA)

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has asked the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (SCOVA) to effectively implement Party resolutions on several urgent issues in current Party building, and promote unity and creativeness in realising entrusted tasks. Deputy PM Minh made the statement at a ceremony marking the 55th anniversary of the SCOVA’s establishment (November 23, 1959-2014) held in Hanoi on November 21. The Government official … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Teacher’s Day marked in Australia

Delegates attending the meeting (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnamese Student Association in the State of Western Australia (VISAWA) and the Vietnamese Consulate General in Perth on November 20th, organized a meeting on the occasion of the Vietnamese Teacher's Day. The meeting took place at Murdoch University with the participation of professors, managers and students from universities, vocational schools and high schools in Perth. The meeting was also an opportunity to introduce the tradition of respecting teachers of the Vietnamese people to … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese commission marks 55th founding anniversary


Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh speaks at the ceremony (Photo: VNA) … [Read more...]

Wednesday November 19, 2014


A: It's getting colder in Hanoi as we are at the beginning of winter. The average temperature these days is 25DC during the day and 20DC at night. As the season changes, warm, humid days alternate with cold days, making it easy for people, especially children, to catch a cold with annoying symptoms like coughing and a running nose. B: I think this weather is much better than it will be next month. From December to February, it will be colder with more rainy days. Gray will color the skies, … [Read more...]

Two US cities elect Vietnamese American mayors

Bao Nguyen

(VOV) - The two cities that make up the heart of Little Saigon will now be led by Vietnamese Americans for the first time - after a razor-close municipal election in Garden Grove, California. Bao Nguyen, 34, a Garden Grove school trustee, has beaten veteran politician Bruce Broadwater by just 15 votes to become mayor of the city with a population of more than 100,000 and the youngest mayor in the US. In neighbouring Westminster, Mayor Tri Ta has been re-elected in a more decisive … [Read more...]

Vietnam joins International Bazaar to raise funds for disabled children

Guests visit Vietnam's stall at the  Bazaar International 2014. (Photo: VNA)

The United Nations Women's Guild (UNWG) and the permanent diplomatic missions, including the Vietnam's Diplomatic Mission in Geneva on November 18th, organized an International Bazaar at the headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva to raise funds to help children with disabilities worldwide. Like every year, ladies of the leaders of the permanent diplomatic missions to the United Nations, World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international organizations in Geneva, along with staff from … [Read more...]

Vietnamese school in Poland marks 15th anniversary of establishment

Ambassador Pham Kien Thiet presenting Certificate   of Merit to teachers of the school. (Photo: queviet.eu)

A large number of students and their parents of Lac Long Quan Vietnamese School in Poland, attended a ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of its establishment in Warsaw on November 16th. Rector of the Lac Long Quan Vietnamese School Le Xuan Lam reviewed the establishment process and the outstanding activities of the school in Poland over the past 15 years. The rector firstly thanked the people who initiated and established the school then the students' parents, the Vietnamese embassy and … [Read more...]

Vietnam Cultural Centre strengthens community activities

A national musical instrument performance.   (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnam Cultural Centre in France organized a music program on November 15th, to close an exciting year with various cultural exchange activities between Vietnam and France, contributing to the success of the Vietnam Year in France 2014. Through lyrical melody, in the background of national musical instruments such as flute, T'rung, monochord, artists returned the audience to childhood, with images of peaceful Vietnamese villages, of betel-nut, watering places, which are always nostalgic … [Read more...]

Vietnamese intellectuals in UK wish to contribute to homeland

Ambassador Nguyen Van Thao and intellectuals.  (Photo: VNA)

Vietnamese post-graduates and lecturers at UK universities had a meeting to exchange ideas and share their professional experiences to make further contribution to the homeland on November 15th in London. At the meeting, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Van Thao conveyed best wishes to all lecturers on the occasion of Vietnamese Teacher's Day (November 20th). Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh, a nanomaterials expert at University College London (UCL), expressed her wish to help Vietnam use … [Read more...]

French friendship association introduces Vietnamese culture

Members of Le Liseron watching a film about  Vietnam's water puppet art. (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnamese culture was the highlight of a gala dinner held by the France-Vietnam Friendship Association (Le Liseron) in Carrieres Sous-Poissy city on November 15th on the occasion of the association's 15th founding anniversary. Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung spoke highly of the operations of Le Liseron, the Lien Viet Association and Viet Vo Dao (Vovinam) club, all of which were established by Jean-Marie Pognon, a French of Vietnamese origin. The three … [Read more...]

Overseas students can choose to stay abroad: Fatherland Front chair


VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese students are not required return to Vietnam after finishing their studies overseas, as they can serve the fatherland anywhere in the world, said Chair of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan. … [Read more...]

Diplomats’ spouses throw a fest in Prague

(VOV) - The Diplomatic Spouses Association in the Republic of Czech on November 16 organized a diplomatic festival for diplomats and their wives from over 50 embassies at the Hilton Hotel in Prague to strengthen cultural relations and raise funds for charity. Pham Ngoc Tram, wife of the Vietnam Ambassador to Czech said the event was highly successful and offered agreat occasion introduce the country's art and handicraft products and traditional cuisine to international friends. Guests … [Read more...]

Social News 17/11

Newspaper fined for inaccuracy The Ministry of Information and Communications' Deputy Chief Inspector, Do Thi Tinh, has decided to fine the Dan Viet online newspaper VND 15 million (US$714) for publishing inaccurate information. The story in question, "The world's most magnificent presidential palaces," was carried on November 2. The paper could appeal or contest the decision, the ministry said. The Information and Communication Ministry this year has issued fines on a large number of online … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/11


HCM City hosts Japan Festival 2014 The 2014 edition of the Japan Festival kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on November 15 gathering the participation of more than 50 participating enterprises from the education, tourism, culinary and trading sectors of the two nations. Prominent figures attending the event included Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Fukuda Hiroshi and Vietnam Deputy Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son It is hoped the festival, organized by the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Alliance, would … [Read more...]

Homeland melody in France


(VOV) - A special art performance entitled "Homeland Melody" was held at the Vietnamese Cultural Centre (VCC) in France on November 15, marking the end of Vietnam Year in France. Overseas Vietnamese and French people had a chance to enjoy Vietnamese traditional songs and music presented by famous singers like Alain Vu Hoang My, Le Quyen, Nguyen Vinh Tien, Thu Thuy and "Tieng To Dong" band. VCC has becomes a home to cultural activities of Vietnamese expats and French friends over the years. … [Read more...]

OVs in Australia voice concerns about East Sea issue

In a letter sent to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and delegates to the G20 Summit in Queensland on November 15-16, VBAA highlighted that the East Sea is a life-line and important maritime route for many countries worldwide, including Australia and other G20 member economies. The Vietnamese Businesses' Association in Australia (VBAA) has expressed their concern about recent developments in the East Sea, which increase tension in the region. The association said goods transportation at … [Read more...]

Vietnamese intellectuals in Britain wish to contribute to homeland

(VOV) - Vietnamese intellectuals in Britain including post-graduates and lecturers will be the foundation for an intellectual network in the country. It will contribute to elevating Vietnam's image in the eyes of British people and accelerating cooperative relations in an in-depth and practical manner. Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Van Thao made the statement at a meeting held at the Vietnamese embassy on November 15. For the first time, Vietnamese post graduates and lecturers at UK … [Read more...]

Vietnamese expats in Czech Republic receive Labour Medal

Scene of the awarding ceremony. (Photo: VNA) The Vietnamese People's Association in the Czech Republic was awarded the Third Class Labour Medal on November 13 for its contributions to garnering solidarity amongst the community of expatriate Vietnamese and helping consolidate the relationship between Vietnam and the Czech Republic. A ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the association was also held on this occasion. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the State … [Read more...]

OVs Association in Czech conferred Labour Order


(VOV) - The Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) Association in the Czech Republic held a meeting in Prague on November 13 to mark its 15th anniversary and receive Vietnam's Labour Order, third class. Speaking at the event, the Association Chairman, Hoang Dinh Thang highlighted that after 15 years of development, the association has become a strong social organisation with a large membership. It now has 28 member organisations, 48 branches and a 96-member executive board representing nearly 65,000 OVs … [Read more...]