An American history professor, who is also a devout Buddhist, is impressed by the unique Vietnamese culture, Buddhism and amiable Vietnamese people, whom she also finds to be always in a hurry. , a history professor at Xavier University in Louisiana, the U.S., is on a three-week visit to Vietnam. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese people are friendly yet hurried: US professor
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CPV: Website Vietnam Communist Party's journalist was granted an interview with Venerable Thich Bao Nghiem, born in 1946, in charge of Ly Quoc Su pagoda on some issues regarding Buddhism in Vietnam. He is a member of Vietnam Buddhism Sangha Executive Council, representative of Hanoi People's Council from 2004-2009, and member of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee. Journalist: In Vietnam, Buddhism's motto is "Religious tenets- Nation and socialism". Would you please tell us about its practical significance? Venerable Thich Bao Nghiem: The three notions look different but, in fact, have close linkage with one another. Buddhists consider serving the religion an important task, and attach importance to improving themselves and nurturing dignity, studying dogmas while maintaining and practising the religion's regulations, especially the five precepts. That is Tenets. From Buddha's teachings, the practice of religion is compatible to the context of the country and society. The … [Read more...] about Venerable Thich Bao Nghiem: “We, clergy people, are willing to devote to the goal of “Rich people, powerful nation, equal, democratic and civilized society”
Several expats in Ho Chi Minh City voice their opinions on the recent beer looting in Bien Hoa town in the southern Dong Nai province in which hundreds of people happily rushed to loot the beer cans that fell out of a truck despite desperate cries of the poor driver. Basically these poor people stole beer cans to sell. I don't support their actions and of course they should have given all the beers back to the driver. But that is not human nature. Watch the video, there was no way anyone got in trouble. It was free beer just sitting on the street. These people just wanted some freebies. People of course are taught not to steal from others and my mom would always tell me to bring to the police. But it [the incident in Bien Hoa] was free booze and nobody was stopping them. The mind of the people was not like they were stealing from this particular man [the driver], they were just robbing a multi-million-dollar company. But their actions are not looting. Looting means breaking … [Read more...] about What did expats say about beer looting in Bien Hoa?
"I have been living in Vietnam for 14 years, so if I am asked what I think of Hanoi as a foreigner, I frankly answer that I don't know. For a long time, I have no longer seen Hanoi as a tourist coming to visit. Hanoi is my home. It is a place where I live, a place that is so familiar that I feel that if I return to Japan, I will be a tourist astonishing new things." Japanese lacquer artist Seako Ando added that the main reason why her family has been living in Hanoi for almost 10 years is not just for the beautiful sights of Hanoi but also because of its people. Seako Ando's family lives in a small lane in Dang Thai Mai Street, near Tay Ho Temple. Her husband, Mark Bolrwel, is British. They met in Hanoi and became a couple. Seako has two sons, Kai is 7 years old and Jinto is 4 years old. Jinto was born in Japan but he has lived in Hanoi since he was 3-4 months old. Seako's neighbors are all Vietnamese. Seako said that the kind-hearted and sentimental lifestyle of neighbors is one of … [Read more...] about “Hanoi people are very warm” said Japanese woman painter
In the Tenth Party Congress, an issue of much concern is the improvement of education quality. Some opinions of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC )representatives have been recorded by SGGP reporters. More investment in the teaching staff The topic of education always leads to the discussion on educational quality and comprehensive education. In my opinion, in the past five years, we have had great achievements in education. The increase of the educational budget and the policy on the participation of the non-private sectors into education are some examples, thanks to which Ho Chi Minh City has had thousands of new classrooms and billions of VND to invest in infrastructure every year. The remote and distant regions have had beautifully-built schools. The fact demonstrates that people in schooling ages have more conditions for their schooling, more options for their education al models and their schools both domestically and overseas. What are specific solutions for an "educational improvement"? … [Read more...] about What Measures are Needed for Educational Reform