Vietnamese cuisine in early Spring in Canada

Spring rolls made by Mr. Thanh and his wife  (Photo: VNA)

During the first days of the cold Spring in Ottawa, when the outdoor temperature of 20 below zero celsius visiting Burbs restaurant of Mr. Thanh and his wife named Loan, a couple of Vietnamese origin living in Canada’s Ottawa for over 30 years. The restaurant mainly serves western customers with Canadian dishes but they don’t forget to put a taste of Vietnamese dishes to dishes to serve the customers in cold countries, especially in the early days of the Lunar New Year Festival. The customers responded with praise at the Vietnamese dishes introduced, thanks to the fresh produce, little oil and delicious flavour. Customers like spring rolls and fried noodle most. A customer said that he felt that the spring rolls were "wonderful." He also said that he loved the noodle soup with the unforgettable pepper from northern Vietnam. Mr. Thanh said that over the past 30 years, they mainly served local customers, who have always been satisfied with Vietnamese dishes so they are … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people in Cyprus meet in early New Year

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For the first time, the Vietnamese community in the Republic of Cyprus organized a program to welcome the new spring in the coastal city of Limassol. The program was organized by the Community–based Working Board, Vietnam - Cyprus Friendship and Entrepreneurs Association and Cypriot friends. It was organized besides the beautiful beach of the city of Limassol. During the program, many art items traditional long dress and unique costumes of ethnic minorities in northwestern region and folk games of Vietnam were performed. Mr. Loullis Papamichai, a Cypriot friend and director of a event organizing company and Mr. Dinos Michalides, representative for the Vietnam - Cyprus Friendship and Entrepreneurs Association and a Vietnamese son-in-law made great contributions to the success of the event. At the event, Vietnamese people were also moved when Mr. Andreas Christou, Major of Limassol City and Mr. George Christophides, Vietnamese Honour Consul to Cyprus, gave lucky money in red … [Read more...]

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Fire destroys 300 tons of cotton A fire that broke out yesterday afternoon lasted for 10 hours at a local company that sells cotton in the southern province of Binh Duong, destroying 300 tons of products. The fire broke out at Ninh Son Company in Hoa Loi Commune, Ben Cat Town, about 2pm yesterday, but lasted till midnight. More than 10 firefighting trucks were mobilised, but the firefighters were not able to contain the fire for several hours due to the large amount of cotton -- which burns very fast -- stored in the company. The blaze affected more than 1,000sq.m of the company's storage area. Hundreds of residents, who had rented rooms nearby, were also affected. Nguyen Thi Phuong Trang, a representative of the Ninh Son Company, said that the 300 tons of cotton had been recently imported and prepared for sale in the domestic market. The cause of the fire has not been identified yet. Quang Binh's largest fake fish sauce case discovered The Quang Binh People's Procuracy has … [Read more...]

Vietnamese students promote national culture in UK

The Overseas Vietnamese Association in the city of Bath (VietBath), in the United Kingdom (UK) on March 1st organized a cultural exchange named "Culture Night 2015". The program is to be held annually with the aim of promoting Vietnam's image in the eyes of international friends as well as strengthen coherence among Vietnamese students in the UK. This year, in response to the call of Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Van Thao of "Each student is a tourism ambassador", the program had been invested and prepared most carefully so far. With funding from Vietnam Airlines, the Vietnamese Student Association in the UK and Vietnam’s travel agents in the country, all the costumes of the program had been shipped from Vietnam by the members of VietBath. If "Culture Night 2014" emphasized the diversity of ethnic groups in Vietnam, "Culture Night 2015" was inspired from an old story "Tam Cam" for the purpose of taking international audiences to Vietnam’s peaceful village in … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Tet introduced on Hungarian television

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The significance of the Lunar New Year Festival (Tet) and the traditional customs of Vietnamese Tet were introduced on Hungary’s major television channel TV2, on the first day of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. During the MOKKA program on the TV2 channel in the morning of the first day of Vietnamese Lunar New Year, Phan Bich Thien, Chairwoman of the Foundation for Hungary-Vietnam relations and two her daughters, Karolina Thuroczy My Lan and Thuroczy Viktoria Ly Anh talked about the significance and customs of the Vietnamese Tet. For Vietnamese people, the Lunar New Year Festival is a festival of the family when grandparents, parents and children reunite. Although My Lan and Ly Anh were born in Hungary, they both know the traditional customs of the Vietnamese Tet because their mother is a Vietnamese person. The two girls said that they usually visited their mother’s homeland during Tet and believed that Vietnam was a beautiful country. The two girls spoke about the … [Read more...]

Vietnamese in Cyprus, Laos celebrate traditional New Year

Participants at the get-together. (Photo: Vietnamplus) Overseas Vietnamese in the Republic of Cyprus have joined a gathering on the occasion of the traditional Lunar New Year in Limassol coastal city. Featured activities included Vietnamese folk songs, dancing, and folk games. Addressing the event, Limassol Mayor Andreas Christou said he is honoured to attend the event, saying that the programme contributes to introducing and promoting Vietnam’s cultural diversity. Local authorities remain willing to support overseas Vietnamese living in the city, contributing to strengthening the cooperation between the two countries, especially in economics, he affirmed. As the Vietnamese Honour Consul to Cyprus, a city with around 12,000 Vietnamese nationals, George Christophides pledged to do his utmost to ensure the legitimate rights of the Vietnamese citizens living there. On March 3, overseas Vietnamese in Xiangvang village, Nongbok district of Khammouane province, Laos also … [Read more...]

Young Vietnamese promote culture in UK

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(VOV) -The Vietnamese Society in University of Bath (VietBath), the UK presented an exclusive annual show, "Cultural Night 2015" on March 1. The annual program aims to introduce Vietnam and its people to international friends as well as promoting cohesion among Vietnamese students there. This year, one of the most anticipated student shows, ‘Culture Night’ guided audience through the story of a girl who overcomes hardships in life caused by her devious step mum in the form of a play, as well as unique traditional performances. Audience were taken back in time to experience the peaceful countryside of ancient Vietnam. Profits made from the event were donated to the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA). Photos: … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese in the Republic of Korea welcome new Spring

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The Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) on March 1st organized a program to welcome the new Spring of 2015 and recreate the atmosphere of a traditional Lunar New Year Festival (Tet) for the Vietnamese community living, working and studying in the country. This year, the Vietnamese Embassy asked the Overseas Vietnamese Association in RoK to organize programs and activities to welcome Tet in most areas and major cities of the country just before Tet. After Tet, it organized a program to review and thank the overseas Vietnamese community for their contributions over the past year and work out new directions for the communities year ahead in the RoK. At the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Pham Huu Chi sent best wishes to the Vietnamese community and confirmed the consistent policy of the Party and State about consideration of overseas Vietnamese as an integral part of the people of Vietnam. The Ambassador reviewed the highlights of the bilateral relations in 2014 … [Read more...]

Vietnamese communities abroad celebrate traditional lunar New Year

Participants enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes (Photo: Viet Cuong, Pham Duy)

(VOVworld) – The Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea held a program Sunday to celebrate the traditional lunar New Year. Ambassador Pham Huu Chi sent his Tet wishes to overseas Vietnamese saying that the Party and State always consider overseas Vietnamese an integral part of the Vietnamese people. On this occasion, the Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea presented Tet gifts to the Overseas Vietnamese Association, Vietnamese Students Association, and representatives of the two Ly clans in the Republic of Korea. The embassy honored outstanding individuals and organizations in 2014. Nogent-sur-Marne, a city on the outskirts of Paris, held an event to celebrate the Lunar New Year on Saturday. The event, hosted by the Vietnamese People’s Association in France, attracted more than 1,000 Vietnamese people living in France. A prayer for peace was held on this occasion … [Read more...]

Further developing resources of overseas Vietnamese

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Many overseas Vietnamese businessmen have invested in Vietnam; remittance inflows are also growing strongly, which recognize the tremendous contributions of expatriates to the country. In 1991, there was only USD35 million of remittance sent to Vietnam but in 2014 this figure reached a record of USD12 billion. Vietnam is one of the top 10 countries with the largest amount of remittances globally ranked by the World Bank. Since 1991, the amount sent to Vietnam has reached over USD92 billion, meaning the capital inflow has become the second largest one after the foreign direct investment (FDI), even higher than the disbursed Official Development Assistance (ODA). This year, Vietnam aims to attract USD13-14 billion of remittance and in particular from the US who accounted for over 50% of the inbound remittance, followed by Australia, Canada and Germany. The new policy on remittance has made it much more attractive to send money to Vietnam such as, an unlimited amount of remittance, … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people in Germany support forces protecting sovereignty of the sea and islands

The State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese (SCOV) has received EUR5,400 from overseas Vietnamese in the city of Frankfurt (Germany) to support forces protecting the sovereignty of the sea and islands, through Mr. Vu Hoang Anh, Director of the Community Support Fund under the SCOV. The amount, including EUR3.400 collected by overseas Vietnamese in Nürnberg, Erlangen and Fürth and the remainder from the Vietnamese Women Union in Karlsruhe, was presented to Mr. Anh by the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Germany on February 14th when the Vietnam’s Consulate General in Frankfurt organized the Lunar New Year Festival for the Vietnamese community in Western and Southwestern Germany. On behalf of the forces protecting the sovereignty of the sea and islands, the SCOV thanked the hearts and practical support of the overseas Vietnamese and committed to soon transfer the amount to the forces./. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people in Laos’ Xiengkhuang meet at beginning of the Lunar New Year

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The Xiengkhuang fellow-countrymen club organized a meeting at the early spring of the Lunar New Year of the Goat on February 26th to review the past year and set up operational direction for 2015. Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Tran Hanh, Chairman of the club, said the past year the club fulfilled all set targets. Accordingly, it had built the club into a unity block, actively maintaining the cultural identity of the nation, to be eager to participate in all social and community activities and look toward the homeland. The club still maintains its meetings every Friday for overseas Vietnamese to exchange, help and visit each other. This is also an opportunity for them to practice art performance for exchange and serve great festivals of the two countries. At the meeting, Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Manh Hung hoped that under the leadership of honorary chairman Mr. Khampan Philavong and Mr. Tran Hanh, the club would continue to uphold the national tradition, not only creating … [Read more...]

Labor export: opportunities in 2015

Japanhas set high demand for overseas workers(photo: xuatkhaulaodongvietnhat.com)

(VOVworld) – More than 100,000 Vietnamese workers went abroad to work last year, doubling the yearly target by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs. It aims to maintain contracts in traditional labor markets this year while penetrating high-income niches. Improving the quality of overseas workers is also a key task. Last year overseas Vietnamese workers increased in major markets: 62,000 workers in Chinese Taiwan, 20,000 workers in Japan, 4 thousand workers in Saudi Arabia, and 1 thousand workers in Qatar. Maintaining shares in traditional markets, expanding to high-income markets Chinese Taiwan recruited 62,000 Vietnamese workers to become the biggest employer of Vietnamese workers in 2014. Taiwan will remain Vietnam’s top labor market in 2015 because its economic and employment policies have been stable since 2011. Tong Hai Nam, Deputy Director of the Overseas Labor Management Department, said: "In 2015 Taiwan will continue to be the biggest importer … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese welcome warm Lunar New Year in homeland

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"We have found the homeland," the expatriates from many countries returning the homeland to welcome the Lunar New Year of the Goat in Ho Chi Minh city shared. Over the past four years, Ms. Duong My Hue and her friends have jointed hands to organize "Homeland Tet" for overseas Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh city in her garden house in District 2. "The first year had about 90 participants but now more than 300 people are here at this Lunar New Year Festival," said Ms. Hue. The house is decorated in the style of southern countryside with a cyclo, thatched hut, bamboo furniture and popular snacks for festival days, scholars’ street, artisans making "to he" (children’s toys) and folk games. Participating in traditional costume, Mr. Nguyen Tat Cuong and his wife Nguyen Thi Nhung (overseas Vietnamese in France for 40-50 years), said that "The first thing when arriving in Vietnam means going to Ben Thanh market for purchasing for Lunar New Year Festival (Tet) to attend the "Homeland … [Read more...]

Vietnam urged to improve policy to attract more overseas resources

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President Truong Tan Sang (R) greeted overseas Vietnamese during a meeting in February. Photo: Diep Duc Minh Remittances from overseas Vietnamese, often known as Viet kieu, have been a staple of the local economy over the past few decades. But experts now say the country could have attracted much more financial help from abroad if its policies were more open and transparent. Nguyen Tri Hien, a financial expert from the US, said contribution of overseas Vietnamese to the country’s economy, and particular to science and technology, has been quite small. Last year remittances hit the record high of US$12 billion, but that amount was still insignificant, given that more than 4.5 million Viet kieu are living around the world, he said. Hien said the combined income of Viet kieu could be equal to half of Vietnam's gross domestic product, based on his assumption that an overseas family earns an average of $50,000 per year, excluding unofficial sources of income. "This has showed … [Read more...]

February 16-22: Nation celebrates Lunar New Year

Numerous cultural, sports activities celebrate the Lunar New Year nationwide.   NDO - Nhan Dan Online presents several outstanding events that made headlines in the first week of the Lunar New Year (Tet) of the Goat.

Party chief visits Hanoi hi-tech park Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong plants trees at Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park. (Credit: HNMO) Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong paid a Lunar New Year visit to the growing Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park in Hanoi and participated in a tree planting festival on February 22. Crowds pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh during Tet President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Credit: VGP) People from all corners of Vietnam and foreign tourists flocked to the historic Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi to pay tribute to the late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum during the traditional Lunar New Year festival. Overseas Vietnamese around the world welcome Tet Art performance at the Tet celebrations in Paris Get-togethers of overseas Vietnamese welcoming the Tet festival took place around the world during the first days of the Lunar New Year. Numerous cultural, sports activities celebrate Lunar New Year Boat racing in Ly Son island district, Quang Ngai province During … [Read more...]

Provinces welcome tourists in the first days of New Year

Tourists flocking to Phat Tich Pagoda. (Photo: dantri.com.vn)

PANO – On February 22nd, tens of thousands of pilgrims flocked to Phat Tich Pagoda in Phat Tich commune, Tien Du district, Bac Ninh province to attend Phat Tich Festival to wish for peace, prosperity and happiness for the nation and people. As the earliest and the biggest festival in a year in Bac Ninh Province, the festival from the 3rd to 5th of the first lunar month includes many activities, such as the rituals wishing for peace, love duet performances and low attitude firework displays. More than 20,000 tourists, including troops, locals and Overseas Vietnamese have visited President Ho Chi Minh Commemorative Area in Ca Mau province in the first days of lunar New Year to express their tribute to his great contributions to the nation. The visitors have been attracted by photos, exhibits and documentaries about the life and revolutionary career of President Ho Chi Minh and poetic atmosphere of the area. As one of important venues in National Tourism Year 2015, Ho Dynasty … [Read more...]

VPA is strong thanks to the people’s power: Deputy Defence Minister

Sr. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh at the interview

PANO - On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, the People’s Army Newspaper Online would like to present the interview with Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh on the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA). The army for peaceReporter:Undertaking the work of defence relations since 2009, travelling the world probably more often than any other generals, what do you think about the image of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) now?Sr. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh: The image of the VPA in the two wars of national liberation is all familiar to us. It is an elite, brave, and invincible army. In peacetime, the world has learnt more about the VPA in other aspects. By words and actions, we have shown to the world the army for peace. Even when we launched war, it is also the war for peace, which is vividly seen in the war to help Cambodia escape from the genocidal regime of Pol Pot. Over time, other countries have seen that the VPA is a friendly army due to its transparency and sincerity. And … [Read more...]

Proud and touched by significant developments of Vietnam

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President Truong Tan Sang welcomes Overseas Vietnamese to the Homeland Spring programme (Photo: VNA) NDO - Nhan Dan reporters recap the thoughts and emotions of Overseas Vietnamese who have returned to the country to attend the annual 'Homeland Spring' programme and welcome the traditional Lunar New Year 2015. Le Trung Kien, a 50-year old OV in Ukraine: Believing in the future development of the country Although I have traveled a lot, I always feel touched whenever arriving at Noi Bai airport. Like other expats, the more I travel, the more I miss my homeland. Such emotions give me more motivation to live, work and dedicate myself. Returning to Vietnam this time, I see that our country has many changes, particularly in infrastructure. In the past to return to my hometown in Yen Bai province I had to navigate walking along the poor conditions of the rugged roads, but now cars drive everywhere on new sealed roads. I’ve also seen many new tall buildings. Our country is changing … [Read more...]

OVs greet Lunar New Year

Vietnamese nationals living in different countries throughout the world have welcomed lunar New Year (Tet) over recent days. Embassy in France held a get-together in Paris on February 19, the first day of the Year of the Goat, to welcome the traditional lunar New Year (Tet). Vice Mayor of Paris Bruno Julliard extended his New Year greetings to the Vietnamese people in France, who, he said, have made active contributions to the city’s multi-cultural development. He underlined the need to strengthen bonds and exchanges among ethnic communities for peace and development, especially after the brutal terrorism attacks in the city in January. Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Ngoc Son, in turn, expressed his pleasure to observe Tet in France at a time when the relationship between the two countries is prospering in all fields, driven by the 2014 Vietnam Year in France . The diplomat spoke highly of the Vietnamese community’s contributions to the success of the Vietnam Year … [Read more...]