Teenage Vietnamese-German opera singer honoured in Germany

(VOV) -A Vietnamese-German girl, Pham Kieu Trang has won a number of prizes at young talent competitions in Germany and performed at Unicef Galas in 2013 and 2014. Born in 1999, Trang is living in Germany with her Vietnamese dad Pham Manh Cuong and her German mother Petra Pham. She began to study ballet and piano when she was 6. In 2010, well-known Opera singer Thomas Seyfarth of Komiker Oper Berlin found the talented girl and began teaching her to become a real Opera Solo artist. In 2013, Trang surpassed 14,000 contestants in "The Voice Kids Gemany 2013" to enter top 12 and won two big prizes in You Berlin 2013. Since then, she has invited to perform at a wide range of large events including Unicef Gala 2013 at Hilden bei Düsseldorf in Germany, and Unicef Gala 2014 at Filzmoos in Austria in August, and in Germany in November. Trang’s performance at The Voice Kids: … [Read more...]

1000 overseas Vietnamese to attend a special 2015 Tet program

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Xuan Que Huong program 2014. Photo: VOV (VOVworld) – This year’s Xuan Que Huong or Homeland Spring 2015 program, which is expected to welcome 1000 Overseas Vietnamese, will take place in Ho Chi Minh City next weekend. Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Hong Nam spoke about the program at a Friday press briefing in Hanoi: "We’ll mark a number of important events in 2015, including celebrations of the 40th anniversary of Southern Liberation Day and the 85th anniversary of the Vietnam Communist Party. Such themes will be covered during this year’s Homeland Spring program. Nha Rong wharf has been selected as the venue for this year’s program in commemoration of President Ho Chi Minh." … [Read more...]

Nearly 1,000 OVs to attend ‘Homeland Spring’

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(VOV) - Around 1,000 Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) will join the programme 'Xuan Que Huong' (Homeland Spring) 2015 which is scheduled to take place in Ho Chi Minh City on February 7-8. The information was released at a press briefing in HCM City on January 30 by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the event, the participating OVs will visit Cu Chi tunnels, offer incense to commemorate fallen soldiers at Ben Duoc Memorial Temple, and attend a banquet to welcome the Lunar New Year and talks on OVs’ contribution to national integration and development. Party and State leaders and OVs will offer incense to Hung Kings at a temple in the National Cultural and Historical Park and to President Ho Chi Minh’s statue at Nha Rong Wharf, and release carps into Tau Hu-Ben Nghe Canal. State President Truong Tan Sang will attend the Homeland Spring 2015 art performance and convey New Year wishes to OVs. COVA and the … [Read more...]

Anniversary year of Vietnam-German ties kicked of in Berlin

The Vietnamese Embassy in Germany organized a ceremony to welcome New Year 2015 and also kicked of the 40th anniversary year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Germany (1975-2015) at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin on January 27th evening.   Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to  Germany Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh stressed the friendly relations  between Vietnam and Germany had developed greatly with   annual high-level visits      The event was attended by Head of the German Federal Parliament,   Ph.D. Norbert Lammert; Chief of diplomatic missions in Berlin,  Cardinal Nikola Eterovic; representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,   ministries, sectors and parliamentarians, ambassadors, German and   international friends, and overseas Vietnamese living and   working in Germany.     The Vietnamese Ambassador also appreciated outstanding achievements   of the bilateral cooperation over the past time.      For many years, Germany has become Vietnam’s most important economic  partner in the European Union (EU).      The opening ceremony started with the introduction of a stamp, which is   designed and released in Germany by the Vietnamese Embassy in   Germany and the German National Post to mark the special event. The   stamp has a dark blue background, symbolizing the history and depth   of the bilateral relations. On a blue background, maps of Germany and   Vietnam are stylized with colours of flags of the two countries.      An art program performed by artists from VN10Club in Berlin   and other artists      A special traditional long dress fashion performance   by designer Lan Huong organized at the event

The Vietnamese Embassy in Germany organized a ceremony to welcome New Year 2015 and also kicked of the 40th anniversary year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Germany (1975-2015) at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin on January 27th evening. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh stressed the friendly relations between Vietnam and Germany had developed greatly with annual high-level visits The event was attended by Head of the German Federal Parliament, Ph.D. Norbert Lammert; Chief of diplomatic missions in Berlin, Cardinal Nikola Eterovic; representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ministries, sectors and parliamentarians, ambassadors, German and international friends, and overseas Vietnamese living and working in Germany. The Vietnamese Ambassador also appreciated outstanding achievements of the bilateral cooperation over the past time. For many years, Germany has … [Read more...]

Quang Binh province to meet overseas Vietnamese on Lunar New Year Festival

(CPV) - Quang Binh province will organize a meeting with overseas Vietnamese returning home to welcome the Lunar New Year of the Goat on February 13th, 2015 in Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province. During the program, overseas Vietnamese will visit the Memorial House of General Vo Nguyen Giap in Loc Thuy commune, Le Thuy district, Quang Binh province and attend a meeting in Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province. Overseas Vietnamese, who want to attend the event, can contact with the Quang Binh Department of Foreign Affairs in Dong Phu ward, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province or via phone number: (+84-52) 3840741 or (+84) 948148777 for further information./. … [Read more...]

85th anniversary of Vietnamese Communist Party marked in Egypt

The ceremony (Photo: vov.vn)

The Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt organized a meeting to mark the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Communist Party of Vietnam (February 3rd, 1930 – February 3rd, 2015) on January 27th. Addressing the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Egypt, Dao Thanh Chung confirmed that over the 85 years of building and development, the Communist Party of Vietnam has led the people to overcome difficulties and challenges, bringing the country out from poverty and underdevelopment and has established an increasingly important position in the region and the world. He also asserted that under the Party’s sound leadership, Vietnam has achieved a great deal to secure its national independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. On this occasion, the Ambassador called upon overseas Vietnamese to uphold the glorious tradition of the Communist Party of Vietnam, continue to study and follow President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example and contribute to boost the friendly … [Read more...]

Wednesday January 28, 2015

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(VOVworld) - I’d like to remind you again that VOV’s English program is now broadcast on the internet at the same time as on shortwave. Please log in to our website at www.vovworld.vn to listen to our program with stable quality. B: This week we got a lot of feedback from listeners telling us their most interesting stories on VOV. Gerry Neumann of the UK informed us that reception of VOV in Europe on 5955 KHz at 18 UTC continues to be SINPO 55555 to 45444 most days. On Sunday January 18th, Gerry listened to the Sunday Show, which featured 2 stories about the Red Dao ethnic minority in northern Vietnam. The first was about their traditional paper-making craft, using bamboo to make white paper and glutinous rice to make yellow votive papers and paper for ceremonies. The second story was about choosing the best land for cultivation and diversifying crops. A: Gerry said: "As usual, the whole program was very informative, and I’m often pleased to learn about world news … [Read more...]

Swiss franc impact Vietnamese overseas

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VietNamNet Bridge – The franc surged after the Swiss central bank abandoned its bid to artificially keep its value down, a move which has taken a profound toll on a number of Vietnamese residing overseas, especially those in Eastern Europe. Without prior notice, the Swiss National Bank’s (SNB) floating of its currency sent the Polish zloty tumbling against the franc last week, reaching up to the heights between PLN4.26 to 4.60 per franc According to Tran Quoc Quan, a successful businessman who also holds shares in the European Asian Commercial Center (EACC) in Poland, the franc surged 40 per cent against the zloty right after the SNB announcement and triggered a substantial increase in the zloty value of franc-based loan principals and monthly payments for about 600,000 Polish families, including many Vietnamese families residing in Poland, owing a total of $35 billion in mortgages denominated in the Swiss franc. Back in 2008, people in Poland saw the Swiss franc and … [Read more...]

Festival to exhibit Tet celebrations of Vietnam’s ethnic groups

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Traditional customs practiced by Vietnamese ethnic groups such as the Mong, Tay, and Muong during Tet (traditional lunar New Year) festival will be presented to visitors at a festival scheduled to take place in Hanoi on February 7 -11. The festival is expected to draw the participation of over 140 outstanding representatives, including senior and head members of villages as well as intellectuals and artisans who belong to Mong and Thai ethnic groups in Son La province, the Dao group in Tuyen Quang province, Tay and Nung groups in Lang Son province, and the Muong ethnic group in Bac Ninh province. The event will also be attended by 100 Overseas Vietnamese and around 3,000 students in Hanoi. To mark the event, ethnic groups will exhibit their indigenous cultural practices, folk songs and dances, signature dishes, and handicraft products. Gatherings to extend Tet greetings, cultural exchanges and art performances of the minority groups and Overseas Vietnamese will also take place … [Read more...]

Czech girl in search of her Vietnamese dad

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(VOV) -A 26-year-old Czech girl, Alena Novotna, is in search of her Vietnamese dad, Nguyen Trong Vinh, who had worked in the Czech Republic under a labour export contract. When she was two-month old, Alena’s father had to come back to Vietnam. Since then, she has got no information from him. In September 2002, her Czech mother Hana Novotna passed away. The orphaned girl was raised by her relatives. Alena is now living and working in the UK. She said that it is never too late to meet her dad. "I am longing to see my father in Vietnam or even in other countries or continents," she shares. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese films for Tet liven up local market

A sex scene from "Dap Canh Giua Khong Trung," a Vietnamese film which won a prize at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival and some other international prizes

The movie market in Vietnam has picked up heat as several films intended for Tet (the traditional Lunar New Year) are ready to hit local screens. Tet falls on February 19 this year, with festive preparations beginning around one week before the date and the celebratory atmosphere lingering another week after that. The Lunar New Year is very special in Vietnamese culture as it is an occasion when people get together with their family after spending a lunar year studying or working away from one another. During these days, family members, couples and groups of friends generally go to local cinemas and unwind during locally-made comedies and other light-hearted films, apart from Hollywood blockbusters and Korean and Chinese flicks. The Tet holiday is typically an occasion when Vietnamese movies are teeming with life as an upbeat ending to an entire year of lukewarm audience reception. Christmas, Valentine’s Day and summer also see new local films coming out, but Tet … [Read more...]

Social News 27/1

Students respond to blood donation campaign Thousands of students from various universities in Hanoi participated in a voluntary blood donation campaign at the Hanoi University of Technology on January 25 as part of the ongoing ‘Red Sunday’ festival nationwide. Speaking at the event , Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said more efforts need to be made to further promote voluntary blood donation movements, including raising public awareness and keeping blood transfusion safe . Phuc joined volunteers in signing to show determination in promoting voluntary blood donation , making the Red Sunday develop further in the coming time. Meanwhile, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, quoted the World Health Organsisation’s statistics saying that Vietnam needs minimum 1.8 million blood units to save patients. However, the country has yet to meet the demand, she noted, adding that the … [Read more...]

Vietnam promotes sending guest workers to key markets

Workers learn the Japanese language to prepare for working as orderlies in the country (Photo: VNA) Vietnam looks to encourage sending citizens to Taiwan (China), Malaysia, and the Republic of Korea (RoK) to work as domestic workers, and to Japan and Germany to work as orderlies and nurses, in 2015. It plans to export 100,000 workers for the year. Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said Vietnam’s key markets for guest workers are Taiwan, Japan, the RoK, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia. Data from the ministry’s Overseas Labour Management Department showed that compared to 2013, the number of Vietnamese guest workers sent to Taiwan increased from 46,000 to 60,000 with the number in Japan rising from 9,600 to 20,000 in 2014. A total of 7,000 guest workers were sent to the RoK, 5,000 to Malaysia, and 4,000 to Saudi Arabia, all of which show decreases of about 5,000 workers from the previous year. Thailand has begun to stand out as a … [Read more...]

VFF President meets overseas Vietnamese

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(VOV) - President of Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan on January 25 met with representatives of overseas Vietnamese (OVs) from 11 countries, including the US, Australia, Poland, Germany, Republic of Korea and Laos. The OVs told the VFF President that they have led a stable life and enjoyed overall support from the government of their residing countries. However, they showed their concern about how to develop an OV community and hoped that the Vietnamese government will provide relevant training for students studying abroad to have better community connectivity. They also wished to be supported in the teaching of the Vietnamese language to their children in order to preserve and promote Vietnamese cultural tradition and identities. To deal with OVs difficulties, Nhan urged OVs associations to make regular reports to VFF, proposing specific support policies, particularly those on teaching the Vietnamese language to children living abroad. … [Read more...]

Free health examination for poor overseas Vietnamese in Phnom Penh

Health examination for overseas Vietnamese.   (Photo : VNA)

The General Association of Vietnamese Cambodian, Ho Chi Minh city Committee for Overseas Vietnamese and Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine organized free health examination and presented gifts to 500 poor overseas Vietnamese and Cambodian in Phnom Penh on January 24th. Ms. Nguyen Thi Hanh, Vice Chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh city Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, said this was an annual activity organized by the Ho Chi Minh city administration in Cambodia on the occasion of New Year. This is a practical activity to partly support difficult life of overseas Vietnamese, bring happiness to them during the lunar New Year festival. Besides, it also contributes to nurture and promote solidarity and friendship between the two peoples. On behalf of the local government, Ms. Tek Chani, Deputy Head of Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district, appreciated the program. She also hoped that in the coming time, the charitable delegation of Vietnam would continue to carry out humanitarian … [Read more...]

VFF President: overseas Vietnamese need to be provided information about the country

President Nguyen Thien Nhan and representatives. (Photo: VNA)

Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan had a meeting with outstanding overseas Vietnamese, who are members of 8th National Congress of the VFF Central Committee on January 25th afternoon in Ho Chi Minh city. At the meeting, representatives of overseas Vietnamese from Japan, Germany, the US, the UK, Poland, Denmark, the Republic of Korea, Laos and Cambodia informed some basic features relating to life, economy, culture and education in the local countries and shared advantages and disadvantages in mobilizing overseas Vietnamese to participate in community activities, towards the homeland. The expatriates said they have organized many activities towards the homeland, including the activities towards the sea and islands of the country. They also expressed their concern about how to promote the huge potential of overseas Vietnamese intellectuals; teaching Vietnamese language for second and third Vietnamese generations; … [Read more...]

OVs must be kept informed of on-going developments in Vietnam

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(VOVworld) – The Vietnamese Party and State always hail the contributions of overseas Vietnamese to national development and consider them an inseparable part of Vietnam, said President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Nguyen Thien Nhan. During a Sunday meeting in Ho Chi Minh City with the VFF, overseas Vietnamese from several countries including Japan, Germany, the US, the UK, and Poland briefed each other on major developments in their host countries. They discussed advantages and challenges in connecting overseas Vietnamese and getting them involved in various activities to contribute to national construction and defense. President Nguyen Thien Nhan acknowledged their opinions and highlighted the importance of keeping overseas Vietnamese updated on developments in Vietnam. He said the Front will urge the government to set up specific action plans to promote the teaching of the Vietnamese language to overseas Vietnamese. Later on Sunday Mr. Nhan visited Priest Nguyen … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City attracts more overseas Vietnamese resources

Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s  Committee Le Thanh Liem presenting Certificates of  Merit to collectives and individuals with excellent  achievements in mobilizing overseas Vietnamese   (Photo: vov.vn)

Over the past year, the amount of remittances sent to Ho Chi Minh City through the commercial banking system reached USD5 billion, up 4.2% compared to last year; nearly 757,000 arrivals of overseas Vietnamese from countries around the world returned to visit their relatives, work and live. These are results reported at a recent meeting held by the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese (SCOV) in Ho Chi Minh City. In 2014, the Ho Chi Minh City Committee for Overseas Vietnamese welcomed nearly 1,000 overseas Vietnamese and their relatives to learn about the policies, laws on investment, business, labour, residence and nationality. In addition, the committee and related departments organized a meeting for 700 overseas Vietnamese from 31 nations and territories returning to the homeland to welcome the Lunar New Year of the Horse. Since 1993, the total amount of remittances sent to the city has reached nearly USD97 billion, an average of about USD4.4 billion per year, accounting for … [Read more...]

Social News 26/1

Hospital treats puffer fish patients Nghe An Province's general hospital yesterday said doctors were able to save three people suffering from food poisoning after eating puffer fish. The victims, from Cua Lo Town, were rushed to the hospital on Saturday night. According to family members, they ate puffer fish on their vessel while fishing, and developed nausea and headaches, before slowly losing consciousness. Doctors have warned residents in coastal areas not to eat puffer fish, due to a high risk of food poisoning. Man arrested for drug, weapons smuggling Border police in Moc Chau District and relevant law enforcement agencies detained a person on Saturday carrying weapons and 1.75kg of heroin. The person was identified as Trang A Cho, born in 1984, a resident of Dong Sang Commune in Moc Chau District. Police seized a grenade, seven bullets and a shotgun. The case is still under investigation. Petrol stations cheat customers in Dac Lac An investigation by the Dac Lac … [Read more...]