The Hanoitimes - On May 24 noon, the US President Barack Obama delivered a speech on relations on Vietnam-US relations at Vietnam National Convention Centre reviewing milestones and substantial progress between the two countries over recent years, at the mean time highlighting cooperation directions in the future. President Obama has appeared in friendly demeanor before 2,000 participants and said "Xin chao" (Hello) in Vietnamese. At the opening speech, he thanked the Vietnamese's friendly welcome to him, he said: "Thank you for your presence here. The friendliness of the Vietnamese people have touched my heart. " President Obama mentioned differences between the US and Vietnam and solutions and put forth orientations to boost bilateral cooperation and development in the time ahead. Earlier on May 23, President Obama announced the decision to fully lift the ban on lethal arms sales to Vietnam. According to him the move aims to complete the normalisation of relations between … [Read more...] about The US President: “The Vietnamese’s friendliness touches my heart”
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Kenneth Bryda, a boss of an US private company, had to change his thoughts on Vietnam when he arrived in the country. The 38 year old boss gave up his work in US to work in a house for disabled children in Vietnam, and fomulate a plan to find scholarships for Vietnamese students. Kenneth Bryda said that a friend told him about the beauty of Vietnam but he had not believed till he stepped foot in the country. He admitted that he was nervous before he went to Vietnam because of warnings and rumors. However, instead of the 20 days as planned, Ken had stayed in Vietnam for five months and he recognizes that his initial thoughts of Vietnam were completely wrong. "What charmed you about Vietnam?" "I have been charmed by the long coast in Da Nang and Nha Trang and the ancient pagodas in Hue. Particularly, I was deeply impressed by the Vietnamese people." Ken said he would never forget his Vietnamese friends, who are kind and will help him in any difficulty. "Simply Vietnamese people changed … [Read more...] about Vietnam opens my heart
Children's library opens in heart of southern hub (20-04-2007) A children's library, opened last month by the HCM City government, offers a wide range of books, computers, foreign language training, music and cultural shows. The Ly Tu Trong Library at 69 Ly Tu Trong Street in District 1 has over 7,500 titles spanning sciences, history, geography, mathematics, and foreign languages. Many books were donated by foreign organisations and the US and French consulates in the city. It will get over 2,000 more titles this week. It has 10 computers with games and lessons in Vietnamese and English for kindergarten and primary school children. Talks and music shows featuring arts and culture of many countries will be organised at the library twice a month with help from consulates. Last Sunday children enjoyed a Thai music show organised by the Consulate General of Thailand. "This Sunday, with help from the US consulate, [we] will organise a talk on environment protection," Mai Loan, who is in … [Read more...] about Children’s library opens in heart of southern hub
Thank You Sister Saigon For Opening My Heart By Tinna Bondestam (*) August 10 this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. Agent Orange spraying missions in Vietnam. According to the website of Agent Orange victims in Danang, from two to four million Vietnamese people have shown signs of effects at various levels from the defoliant. The following is an article relevant to the issue. I don't particularly like museums. Actually, I often find them pretty boring. When I face a new city for the first time, I prefer to find out about nice cafés where I can have my cappuccino and a good view of people. I try to ask around about where the best food markets are, where I can study the strange fishes, vegetables and spices that might be served on my dinner plates later on. Places like that will provide me with essential information about where I am in the world. How come I'm now leaving my first visit ever to Saigon with images from a museum, clustered to my heart? I really didn't … [Read more...] about Thank You Sister Saigon For Opening My Heart
PANO – "Cambodia has always been in my heart" is a short answer given by War veteran Pham Duc Quang, Deputy Chairman of Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association, when being asked why he had reserved so much love for Cambodia. Nearly ten years fighting in Cambodia as a Vietnamese volunteer soldier, the great and loyal friendship between two countries’ armies and people never faded in his mind. Siem Reap, a time to remember Wounded veteran Pham Duc Quang said that he always considers beloved Cambodia his second home country and its people his close brothers and sisters. "Since the day I returned Vietnam, I often wish to come back to the old battlefield to express my gratitude to Cambodian people who whole-heartedly assisted me and other Vietnamese volunteer troops to successfully complete the glorious international mission", he said. … [Read more...] about Cambodia has always been in my heart!