Secviet online newspaper marks its 10th anniversary of establishment

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Secviet online newspaper (Secviet.cz), one of the commonly read online newspapers of the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic, celebrated the 10th anniversary of establishment in Praha on March 27th. "We want the newspaper of Secviet more developed to become a useful information channel for every Vietnamese person and family in the Czech Republic and also for it to become a bridge to connect the overseas Vietnamese in Czech to the homeland," Mr. Tran Hung Quan, Editor-in-chief of the newspaper, said at the ceremony. He also thanked sponsors, collaborators and especially loyal readers of the online newspaper. Over the past 10 years, the online newspaper has become an indispensable spiritual source of wellbeing for the Vietnamese community in Czech. Vietnamese Ambassador to the Czech Republic Truong Manh Son said that along with newspapers of the Vietnamese people in the Czech Republic, the Secviet newspaper has overcome difficulties and fierce competitions to become a … [Read more...]

ASEAN-China Cultural Day held in UK

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The essence of Vietnamese culture was presented at an ASEAN-China Cultural Day recently held in the British city of Glasgow by the local Vietnamese Student Association (Vietsoc). The event was part of a special diversity week hosted by Strathclyde University to celebrate cultural differences, said Luong Thi Thuy Linh from the organisation board. Linh expressed her pleasure with the Vietnamese delegation’s performance, and said that the university is willing to help organise another cultural day for Vietnamese students in the future. Traditional costumes, cultural performances, cuisine and handicrafts were featured at the occasion, drawing particular attention, said Hoang Ngoc Tram, Vietsoc Glasgow President. The event was attended by the Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK, Nguyen Van Thao, and delegations from four other participating regional Asian countries; China, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese in the US commemorate Hai Ba Trung

The Vietnamese community in the US organized a commemoration to Hai Ba Trung with a display of traditional, ritual repertoire and unique arts.  The Hai Ba Trung festival was organized by the Trung Vuong alumni association of Fountain Valley, Southern California with the support of the Vietnamese community there.  The program not only commemorates the historic feat of arms by Trung Trac and Trung Nhi but also to honor and protect the traditional values of the homeland and contributes to cultivating an understanding about the Vietnamese origins of the young Vietnamese in the US.  In addition to old artists, the program also attracted the participation of young Vietnamese people, who are children of Vietnamese people in the community. Although they are still young, they have shown their understanding of national history and awareness of the importance of preserving their ancestral traditions.  After the traditional rituals, sequences of traditional dance art took centre stage. Another outstanding item of the festival was the display of a collection of traditional long dresses owned by painter, Cat Tuong.  On this occasion, Trung Vuong alumni presented awards to excellent students from Vietnamese teaching centre.     The program starts with palanquin procession     Art items performed at the festival.      Mr. Hien, young brother of painter Cat Tuong,   introducing 12 traditional long dress samples      Traditional long dress samples of painter Cat Tuong   in 1938, 1936 and 1934.     Presenting awards to excellent students from   Vietnamese teaching centers.

The Vietnamese community in the US organized a commemoration to Hai Ba Trung with a display of traditional, ritual repertoire and unique arts. The Hai Ba Trung festival was organized by the Trung Vuong alumni association of Fountain Valley, Southern California with the support of the Vietnamese community there. The program not only commemorates the historic feat of arms by Trung Trac and Trung Nhi but also to honor and protect the traditional values of the homeland and contributes to cultivating an understanding about the Vietnamese origins of the young Vietnamese in the US. In addition to old artists, the program also attracted the participation of young Vietnamese people, who are children of Vietnamese people in the community. Although they are still young, they have shown their understanding of national history and awareness of the importance of preserving their ancestral traditions. After the traditional rituals, sequences of traditional dance art took centre stage. Another … [Read more...]

Over 84,000 indigenous Vietnamese living in Germany

According to the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) the number of foreigners in Germany in 2014 increased significantly by 8.2 million. As of December 31st, 2014, Germany was home to a total of 84,455 people of Vietnamese origins, excluding 40,000 Vietnamese naturalized in Germany, females account for 53.3 percent. According to Destatis, the number of people immigrating to Germany in 2014 increased by nearly 520,000 compared to 2013, of whom 60% were from the EU. Destatis said that the increased immigration to the country was as a result of the strong economy. Moreover, European law permits all EU citizens, especially those from the new member countries unhindered residential status and equal employment opportunities as German citizens. Another reason is the refugee crisis involving both Syria and Eritrea./. … [Read more...]

PM Dung meets with OVs in Sydney

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(VOV) - My visit to Australia aims to deepen the strategic partnership between the two nations, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at a March 17 meeting with Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) in Sydney. The friendly relations between Vietnam and Australia have been steadily improving in all fields since the two countries founded the partnership in 2009," the PM said. The governments of both nations have regularly conducted high-level exchanges while bilateral cooperation in culture, education, science and technology has been steadily improving. In addition, Australia has now become a leading trade partner of and investor in Vietnam, he said. Dung expressed his pleasure that the OVs community has been integrating well into Australian society and that their standard of living is on the rise. He also applauded them for standing side by side with their fellow citizens in the process of national construction and most importantly for maintaining their national identity. Dung hoped that OVs … [Read more...]

OV discovers bank official fled with his €400,000 deposit

A Vietnamese-French man who thought he had deposited €400,000 in a Ho Chi Minh-based bank in December recently discovered that his money has been misappropriated by a bank official. Duong Thanh Nghi narrated his plight to the media after an Agribank branch in District 1 refused to let him withdraw his €400,000 (US$420,000), saying Nguyen Le Kieu Quang, a former head of a transaction office attached to the branch, had illegally mortgaged his deposit for a VND10.4 billion (US$520,000) loan. Quang had asked Nghi to sign some blank papers, claiming this would simplify certain bank procedures when the latter is abroad. On January 30 Quang had fled with an even larger sum of money belonging to the bank -- VND17 billion (US$850,000) – and is facing criminal charges for embezzlement, Nghi was told. He has to wait until authorities finish their investigation into the case to get his money, the bank told him. … [Read more...]

Hai Phong Fellow-countrymen Association in UK supports people in difficult circumstances in Thai Binh province

Mr. Hoang Loc, Chairman of Hai Phong Fellow-countrymen Association,  presented gifts to people in difficult circumstances in Thai Binh province.

On one of the first days of the New Year of the Goat, representatives of the Hai Phong Fellow-countrymen Association in the United Kingdom (UK) and their relatives visited and presented 150 gifts, each worth VND300,000 to families in difficult circumstances and Agent Orange victims in Quang Lich commune, Kien Xuong district, Thai Binh province. Over the past years, the Hai Phong Fellow-countrymen Association in the UK have been always been strong and united, actively building the association and in particular mobilizing the overseas Vietnamese in the UK towards the homeland with practical actions. The association has organized returns home on several occasions to do charitable work. The gift from the association is not of huge financial value but shows the genuine sentiment of overseas Vietnamese for the homeland./. … [Read more...]

Good signs of labour export at beginning of year

Labourers trained before going to work abroad (Photo: VGP)

In the first 2 months of this year, over 17,200 Vietnamese labourers went to work abroad, seeing a year-on-year increase of 23.5%, said the statistics from the Vietnamese Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). Labour export saw positive signs at the beginning of this year. At present, Taiwan (China) is still the biggest receiver of Vietnamese labourers with nearly 11,000 travelling there to work in January and February, accounting for 63.4% of the total number of Vietnamese guest workers. Taiwan (China) is considering receiving Vietnamese labourers to work in the fisheries sector and as domestic help. The MOLISA and the Overseas Labourer Management Department are doing their utmost to negotiate an expansion of opportunities for Vietnamese labourers in this labour market. Representatives from the Overseas Labourer Management Department, in 2015, apart from developing the traditional markets, labour export … [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...]

Vietnam urged to improve policy to attract more overseas resources

"They [Viet kieu] also need freedom in doing business, not just some incentives," --

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...]

More remittances to fund property purchases

A view of the Trung Hoa - Nhan Chinh Urban Area in Ha Noi. With new regulations allowing overseas Vietnamese to purchase property, remittances into the real estate sector are expected to rise.

VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam is expected to see rising remittances enter the property market, following the amended housing law that allows Viet Kieu (overseas Vietnamese) to own a house in the country. The amended law, which takes effect on July 1, 2015, will allow those Vietnamese people residing in foreign countries who are allowed to enter Viet Nam, to own houses in the country. The law does not impose any limits on the number of houses or kinds of houses they might own. In addition, foreigners allowed to enter Viet Nam can also own houses. Foreign individuals and organisations can invest in building houses for giving them on rent. The new regulations for overseas Vietnamese and foreigners who want to buy houses in the country are more flexible in comparison with the previous regulations, which were so tight that only a little more than 400 overseas Vietnamese and foreigners have managed to buy houses in the country since 2009. According to Vo Tri Thanh, deputy … [Read more...]

OV farmer in Hawaii inspires a nation

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(VOV) -Most travellers will tell you that the best way to get a true taste of what your destination has to offer is to start with the market and if you’re traveling to the US islands of Hawaii – hitting the Hilo Farmer’s Market is an absolute must. Today, the market boasts over 200 vendors who sell everything from gingerroot to bongo drums and on every Wednesday and Saturday from – dawn till it’s gone – the Hilo market is a busy, bustling place. While local crafts, clothing and artwork are a big hit, the ultimate star is the food. Exotic fruits beckon hungry travelers, where local papaya can be snagged three for a dollar. Jack fruit, lychees, white pineapple and Vietnamese longan fruit are in abundance as well. If you happen to get hungry while shopping there’s a variety of food available to enjoy reflecting the many cultures which make Hawaiian cuisine so varied and utterly fascinating (Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, and Korean)— you can … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people in Ukraine, Sweden welcome Tet

(VOVworld) – The Vietnamese embassy in Ukraine and the Vietnamese Association in Kiev held a Tet celebration for the Vietnamese community this week. Ambassador Nguyen Minh Tri extended his new year greetings to all Vietnamese people working and studying in Ukraine, particularly those in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. He pledged his utmost to stabilize their lives and encouraged them to contribute more to the homeland. In Sweden, the Vietnamese embassy organized a get-together on the occasion of the new lunar year. Representatives of Vietnamese associations in Sweden said that they are always united and ready to contribute to Vietnam’s development. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Tet celebrations in Israel, Australia, South Africa

(VOVworld) – The Vietnamese embassy in Israel held a Tet celebration on Sunday. Ambassador Ta Duy Chinh reviewed Vietnam’s achievements and cooperation between Vietnam and Israel in recent years. He praised the effort of Vietnamese people to integrate into Israeli society and their contributions to the homeland. The same day, the Vietnamese Consulate General in Sydney organized a get together to mark the new lunar year, which was attended by ambassador Le Thanh Nghi, the embassy staff, and representatives of Vietnamese agencies, students, and overseas Vietnamese in Australia. In South Africa, more than 200 guests, including representatives of South Africa’s foreign ministry and key agencies, and many Vietnamese people and students in South Africa, Botswana and neighboring countries, attended a Tet celebration held by the Vietnamese embassy on Sunday. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese supermarkets in London bustling for Tet

Bustling shopping atmosphere is being seen in most Vietnamese supermarkets in London, which are offering various kinds of goods for the traditional Vietnamese New Year (Tet). At such supermarkets in Deptfort, in South London, where a large number of Overseas Vietnamese are living, traditional Banh Chung and Banh Tet, which are essential for Tet, are displayed at the most easily seen place. Traditional sugared fruit or offerings for altars such as urn, incense and votive papers can also be easily purchased. Fresh flowers such as peach blossom, sweet-briar and kumquat, which are popular decoration flowers during the Lunar New-Year’s days in Vietnam, along with various fruits, including banana, orange, dragon fruit, papaya, mango and coconut are put up for sale in supermarkets. According to Do Kim Trong, sales manager of Long Dan supermarket, his supermarket has prepared for Tet months before, and most goods offer in here were imported from Vietnam. Mrs. Tran, a overseas … [Read more...]

Get-together for OVs in China to welcome Tet

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(VOV) - On February 14, the Vietnamese Embassy in China held a get-together for the overseas Vietnamese community to welcome the lunar New Year 2015. Vietnamese Ambassador to China Nguyen Van Tho briefed participants of Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements in 2014 and said Vietnam always attaches high importance to developing its comprehensive strategic partnership with China. He added that bilateral ties continue to develop regardless numerous difficulties in 2014, citing the two-way trade turnover of more than US$ 60 billion, which is beyond the set target. The Vietnamese diplomat said both sides consented to increase cooperation and maintain a peaceful relationship for mutual development through peaceful negotiations and international laws to settle remaining differences, including the East Sea issue. The ambassador called on overseas Vietnamese in China to further contribute to Vietnam’s construction and development and consolidate the friendship between the … [Read more...]

Get-together for OVs in China to welcome New Year 2015

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(VOVworld) – The Vietnamese Embassy in China held on Friday a get-together for the local overseas Vietnamese community to welcome the lunar New Year 2015. Vietnamese Ambassador to China Nguyen Van Tho briefed participants of Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements in 2014 and said Vietnam always attaches importance to developing its comprehensive strategic partnership with China. He added that bilateral ties continue to develop regardless numerous difficulties in 2014, citing the two-way trade turnover of more than 60 billion USD, which is beyond the set target. He said both sides agreed to increase cooperation and maintain a peaceful relationship for mutual development through peaceful negotiations and international laws to settle remaining differences, including the East Sea issue. Ambassador called on overseas Vietnamese in China to further contribute to Vietnam’s construction and development and consolidate the friendship between Vietnam and China. … [Read more...]

Vietnam loses $33 billion in illegal foreign-currency outflows: expert

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VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam has witnessed a drain in foreign currencies over the years, with one expert saying that $33 billion flowed out of the country between 2008 and 2013 because of illegal transfer of funds and embezzlement. Dr. Vu Quang Viet, a former high-ranking United Nations’ specialist, was quoted in a local newspaper as saying that the figure has shocked government officials and economists. In the newspaper article, Viet quoted statistics from the international payment balance sheet to prove that $33 billion flowed out of Vietnam illegally in the years from 2008 to 2013. The outflow has been stronger since 2009, when $9 billion left Vietnam. Though the figure decreased slightly in 2010, it bounced back again to $9 billion in 2013. Two reasons have been cited to explain the heavy drain of $33 billion over the last few years. First, rich Vietnamese have illegally transferred funds abroad. Second, money was sent abroad to pay for smuggled imports from … [Read more...]

President welcomes OVs to Homeland Spring program

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State President Truong Tan Sang meets overseas Vietnamese at the Homeland Spring Program in HCMC. Photo: VNA (VOVworld) - Nearly 700 overseas Vietnamese from different countries and territories gathered on Sunday at Ho Chi Minh City's Nha Rong Wharf to attend this year's Homeland Spring program to welcome the Year of the Goat. Speaking at the event, President Truong Tan Sang said that despite numerous difficulties facing Vietnam last year, the Party, State and public maintained political stability, improved local living conditions, promoted Vietnam’s global integration, and raised Vietnam’s prestige in international arenas. Sang said: "From a war-torn country suffering from embargos and severe poverty 40 years ago, Vietnam has grown into a developing country in the middle of industrialization. Vietnam is speeding up its international integration and has earned high prestige in international arenas. Vietnam has expanded its ties with most of the countries in the world, … [Read more...]