VietNamNet Bridge - One ton of scrap paper can save 17 mature trees, 4,000kwh of electricity, 270 liters of oil, 26,000 liters of water and 3.5 cubic meters of land used for burial of waste, according to the Vietnam Paper and Pulp Association (VPPA). However, Vietnam is still pondering whether to import scrap paper. Vietnam is still pondering whether to import scrap paper In late 2017, China stated it will stop importing 24 types of scrap materials for domestic recycling. The move immediately caused the world’s scrap material market to panic, because China consumes more than 50 percent of total scrap material in the world. Fearing that scrap imports would head for Vietnam instead of China, the government of Vietnam decided to tighten scrap imports. This has hurt domestic paper manufacturers, because scrap paper, an important material to make pulp, is also among the materials subject to an import ban. A report in 2017 from RISI and VPPA showed that the world needed 59 … [Read more...] about How to deal with scrap paper?
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Vietnamese throughout the country are busy readying their households for the traditional storied trip of Vietnam’s family god to heaven on Thursday.In Vietnamese culture, the Kitchen Gods are characters regarded as part of the family meant to serve as a link between heaven and earth.As the legend goes, the gods ride a common carp every year to heaven on the 23rd day of the twelfth Vietnamese lunar month, several days before Tet (Lunar New Year), in order to report to the heavenly emperor on any of the family’s problems or deeds, good or bad, from the year.Tet begins on Feburary 16 and celebrations are normally ongoing during the week before and after the date.Accordingly, Vietnamese people attach significance to this year-end departure by tidying the kitchen and making offerings on a specially designed alter.In advance of the event, throngs of young mothers and women took to social media to share their preparations and tips for the special day.Nhu Trang, a Hanoi resident, … [Read more...] about Young Vietnamese prep for Kitchen Gods’ heavenward journey
Hanoi will hold the first ever festival honouring Ong Cong (the Land Genie) and Ong Tao (the Kitchen God) on Sunday. Early in the morning, from the famous pottery village of Bat Trang, a procession with a 1.2m tall ceramic idol of the Land Genie, a 3.5m-long carp and 12 trays of fruits and traditional cakes will wind its away with 9 palanquins to Hanoi and stop at the Centre for Art and Cultural Exhibition in Hoa Lu Street.At the end of the procession, the 12 trays will be offered at the Ly Thai To statue by the Sword Lake, the Ngoc Son temple, and the Thang Long imperial citadel. The festival is part of the flower fair that opened at the centre on Wednesday and will last until February 5. It aims to celebrate the city's craft villages and high quality agricultural products. In Vietnamese tradition, Ong Cong and Ong Tao are the most familiar and popular genies. On the 23rd day of Lunar December, offerings are made to see off the two genies from every household to heaven. The belief … [Read more...] about Hanoi celebrates Land Genie and Kitchen God with new festival DTiNews
The Muong ethic group living in Vietnam considers the kitchen as the soul of their house, where the fire is always kept burning to protect family members. That’s why, to build a kitchen before living in a new house is done carefully by the house owner with several mysterious rituals being implemented. The ethnic Muong live in northern Vietnam’s mountainous region, mostly in Hoa Binh province and some districts of central Thanh Hoa province. The population is over 1.2 million. Visiting a Muong hamlet, visitors can see houses-on-stilt built in spacious places and convenient for the daily activities. Normally in a house, there are two kitchens, located in two different places which are suited to the local climate and the owner’s lifestyle customs. The kitchens are cultural spaces unique in both material and spiritual meaning, and preserved by generations of the family members. The two kitchens are built almost the same in structure, but each has its own function. … [Read more...] about The Custom of Building New Kitchens by the Muong
Excerpts from memoir Ship With Paper Sails, Story of a Hanoi Newsman* by Nguyễn Khuyến, former Viet Nam News Editor-in-Chief War I cannot claim to have been more exposed to war hazards than were other average residents in Hà Nội in those years of war, and certainly no more than members of the Militia, the Fire Brigade and the Red Cross. In fact, care was even taken to protect me and some other "assets" of the Foreign Desk from unnecessary risks. Early in 1965, Trần Văn Chương and I were secreted to a sort of "safe base," a cave among a cluster of massive limestone outcrops west of the city, where the agency had set up a reserve transmitter. For a week, we were drilled in emergency measures in the utter stillness of the natural bunker. This protective cocoon notwithstanding, I remained in Hà Nội throughout the American air war, to be close to "where the action is". In the absence of my wife and children, who were evacuated to the countryside again and again, I would stay at the … [Read more...] about Ship With Paper Sails