The Politburo member affirmed that the Party and State always appreciate the contributions of the overseas Vietnamese community, including the Vietnamese community in Thailand. She thanked the former Vietnamese teachers in Thailand for participating in preserving and promoting the Vietnamese language, culture and identity in Thailand, contributing to nurturing the youth’s affection for their native land and culture. The Party official expressed her wish that the former Vietnamese teachers in Thailand and the overseas Vietnamese community in general would continue to unite to promote the national culture and contribute to the cause of national construction. Deputy Chairman of the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese, Dang Tran Phong, said that the Vietnamese community in Thailand has a long history of hundreds of years. They were presented with the Independence Order, first class, in 2007 for their great contributions to Vietnam. Despite difficulties during the two national resistance wars, the overseas Vietnamese in Thailand tried to open Vietnamese language classes in the country to teach Vietnamese to the overseas Vietnamese community, contributing to preserving Vietnamese tradition and culture, Phong noted.