Pride and obscurity: the historic crew of Vietnam’s ‘Tank 390′

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Replicas of Tank 390 (L) and Tank 843 (behind R), the first tanks credited with crashing through the gates of Saigon's presidential palace 40 years ago, on display at Ho Chi Minh City's Reunification Palace When Tank 390 crashed through the gates of Saigon's presidential palace 40 years ago, it heralded the end of Vietnam's war. But the men who manned it have since lived in obscurity, poor yet forever bonded by the history they created. On April 30, 1975, the four-man tank team had come under heavy fire and lost contact with their commanders as they entered central Saigon during a lightning-fast offensive by communist forces from the North. But their thoughts were firmly on victory as they barrelled into the compound -- now known as Independence Palace -- according to retired captain Vu Dang Toan, the commander of Tank 390, a Chinese-made T59 first deployed in Vietnam in the 1960s. "If we had been scared, how could we have crashed through that gate? Our aim was to quickly occupy … [Read more...]

Vietnam Post issues stamp collection on Hung Kings worship

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Vietnam Post in collaboration with the Provincial People’s Committee of Phu Tho yesterday announced to issue three post stamp samples and one block under title of "Hung Kings Worship - Intangible Cultural Heritage", making the Hung Kings Temple Festival in 2015. The stamp collection consists of three stamp samples and one block, which were designed by artists Vo Luong Nhi and Vu Kim Lien. It was made from glued fabric paper and printed with offset method with its size of 46x 31 mm, and 135x 80 mm for stamp block. The stamp samples shows Lac Hong grandchildren, the elders and Vietnam ethnic groups of people burning incense to Hung Kings; image of Chung cake (square rice cake) and Day cake (round rice cake). The stamp block shows delegations of the Vietnamese people celebrating Hung King memory anniversary at Thuong Temple and Hung Temple in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam’s ethnic groups of people taking part in the Hung Kings memory anniversary. … [Read more...]

Activities towards 2015 Hung Kings’ Festival

The first stamp sample portrays the entrance to the Hung Kings Temple and a delegation of Dragon and Fairy descendants to give offerings to the dead.

(VOVworld) – Various activities are being held at the moment to commemorate the anniversary of the deaths of the Hung Kings and their Festival, which will run until next Tuesday. An exhibition of more than 200 photos, materials, and items portraying the practice of worshiping the Hung Kings opened in Phu Tho province on Thursday. Pham Ba Khiem, deputy director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, said the exhibition is entitled "the Hung King worship ritual, the journey towards a world heritage". He gave more details about the exhibition which "aims to promote the images of Hung Kings worship rituals, Xoan singing, and other cultural heritage items of Phu Tho, by which to stimulate the patriotic tradition among younger generations and affirm the province’s commitment along with UNESCO and the government, to preserving this heritage. This is the first of 30 cultural, sports, and tourism activities towards this year’s anniversary of the … [Read more...]

Fine arts exhibition on 40 years on national unification

A work at the exhibition (Source: sggp.org.vn)

Ho Chi Minh City Association of Fine Arts, Vietnam Association of Fine Arts are coordinating with Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts to organize an exhibition entitled "40-year impression". The event is held to mark the 40 years of southern liberation and national unification (April 30th) and the 125th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s birth (May 19th). The exhibition features 199 works of art under the theme of "Studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example, new-style rural building, and sea and island sovereignty protection. It aims to present national pride in developing and protecting the country through art, including oil and lacquer paintings, sculptures, digital works and pastel drawings. The exhibition will run until May 5th at Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts in district 1 and the showroom of the Ho Chi Minh City Association of Fine Arts in district 3./. … [Read more...]

Panel discussion pinpoints problems with intellectual property rights in Vietnam music industry

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A panel discussion on intellectual property rights in the music industry took place in Ho Chi Minh City early this week, suggesting several solutions to how to make Vietnamese people more conscious of this issue. The discussion, which saw the participation of experts in the music industry, law and intellectual property rights, was organized by the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday within the framework of the World Intellectual Property Day (April 26). Several piracy instances were cited at the event, moderated by Peter Fowler, Regional Intellectual Property Attaché of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO), to show the importance and urgency of intellectual property rights in Vietnam. Local saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan shared his own experience of getting involved in a piracy hassle, saying that his two new songs were copied and published widely in the ‘black market’ only a few days after he performed the artworks on television. Pham … [Read more...]

Millions to fete Hung Kings

An estimated 6-7 million people are expected to turn out for this year's Hung Kings' Festival, which will run from April 23-28 at Hung Vuong Square in Viet Tri City, Phu Tho Province. "The authorities will do their best to help locals and tourists enjoy the festival," said Ha Ke San, vice chairman of the Provincial People's Committee. He added that a wide and diverse range of folk cultural activities and events had been planned. The festival will open with an art performance that will be aired on Vietnam Television's VTV1 channel at 8pm on April 25. It will also include a spectacular fireworks display at the closing ceremony. Other events include worshipping the founder of the nation and making ritual offerings. Food contests have also been planned for the festival, which has been organised by Phu Tho in collaboration with Son La, Phu Yen, Dak Nong, Tien Giang and Bac Lieu provinces. A travel promotion fair will be held at the site featuring 70 booths displaying the tourism … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 23/4

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Ecopark hosts hot air balloon festival A hot air balloon festival will take place at an urban township development Ecopark in Hanoi from April 30- May 2 during the National Reunification Day and May Day holidays. The event will run from 6:30am-9:00am and 3:00pm-6:30 pm. Balloons will fly at a height of 40-50 meters, providing an unique and interesting experience for visitors who are flying enthusiasts. Additionally, a wide range of activities will also be held, including a food festival, camping, art performances, and folk games. Thanh Hoa opens additional display house of Ho Dynasty Citadel An additional display house of the Ho Dynasty Citadel was opened in Vinh Loc district of central Thanh Hoa province on April 21. It introduced the beauty of eight world heritages in Vietnam together with 12 heritage sites in the world to public and international friends. The event offered a chance to promote the unique values of the Ho Dynasty Citadel, a UNESCO recognised World Cultural … [Read more...]

Activities to celebrate upcoming national reunification anniversary

Soldiers at the exhibition "Great 1975 Spring Victory - the power of Vietnam". Photo: qdnd.vn

PANO - A special exhibition themed "The world standing united with Vietnamese people during the national resistance war in the 1954-1975 period" will open on April 24th at the Museum of National History in Hanoi. 130 displayed photos, documents and objects highlight the support from over fifty countries and international organizations worldwide and the court of justice for the Vietnamese people’s national struggle against American invaders. * More than 340 photos, exhibits and documents on the Vietnam War are on display at an exhibition "Great 1975 Spring Victory - the power of Vietnam" at Military Zone 9’s Museum from April 21st to May 5th. The displayed items are divided into four categories: Preparations for the Ho Chi Minh Campaign; the General Offensive and Uprising in 1975; the Echo of the Great Spring Victory; and pictures, documents and objects about the zone’s armed forces during the resistance war. The museum’s Director Colonel Phan Hong Thanh said … [Read more...]

Many cultural, sport activities to celebrate major holidays

Many cultural, musical, and sport activities will take place in Hai Duong province to celebrate major holidays in April and May. Many cultural, musical, and sport activities will take place in Hai Duong province to celebrate major holidays in April and May, according to the Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. There will be an exhibition of documentary and news photos, Chinese chess competitions, performances of exercises for elders and national martial arts, a poetry night, etc. at the Provincial Cultural Center. Taking place at Doc Lap square (Hai Duong city) on April 30 evening and May 1 are musical shows performed by the Provincial Cheo (Traditional Operetta) Theatre and the Provincial Art and Performance Organization Center with the theme of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Southern liberation and national reunification and the 129th International Workers' Day. On this occasion, there will also be tournaments of tennis for clubs throughout the province, … [Read more...]

Hopes rise for legalization of sex reassignment in Vietnam

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Four transgender people displaying a banner calling for medical services and no discrimination to transgender people in Vietnam. Photo: Minh Hung Huynh Chi Dung’s friend, a female whose biological sex was male, died recently in a botched attempt at a breast lift with silicone. "She called me to visit her that day to witness her injecting silicone. But I came only to shroud her," said the 30-year-old transgender woman from Ben Tre Province. Dung and the LGBT community in Vietnam are seeking legal recognition for themselves as lawmakers are set to discuss amendments to the Civil Code in May. "Transgender people, who are already suffering from discrimination, should at least have the right to live with their gender identity, have sex reassignment surgery in Vietnam and change their name and gender in identity papers," she said. Dung herself has attempted to commit suicide several times due to discrimination in the family and school and at the workplace. "When queuing to go … [Read more...]

Art exhibition marks 40 years of national reunification

A paiting of late Uncle Ho at the exhibition (Photo: VOV) An exhibition themed "40-year impression" opened in Ho Chi Minh City on April 21 as part of activities to mark the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the South and national reunification (April 30, 1975 - 2015). The exhibition features roughly 200 pieces of artwork themed "Study and follow the late President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example", new-style rural building, and sea and island sovereignty protection. It aims to present national pride in building and protecting the country through the artwork including oil and lacquer paintings, sculptures, digital and pastel drawings. The event will run until May in the city’s Fine Art Museum.-VNA … [Read more...]

A fun learning summer program? Find it at Renaissance International School Saigon

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Advertorial -- Ask any child what they enjoy most about their holidays and the answer will probably be "free time." Pupils all over the world look forward to no teachers, no homework and no school, but the reality often does not match their expectations as the novelty wears off and boredom creeps in. When designing our summer programme, we – the Renaissance International School Saigon (located in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City) – looked at three things: What do parents want? What do pupils want? What does a teacher know will most benefit pupils? The Renaissance Active Summer Learners’ programme promotes learning for a whole six weeks in a variety of academic and activity programmes. A parent’s decision to enrol their child in a summer school must be difficult. All parents want the best experience for their child – an experience that will stretch them academically and emotionally, without leaving them exhausted. Ninety-one pupils took part in our summer … [Read more...]

Giants Step hosts Graffiti festival

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Huy Nguyen Visitors to the Just Writing My Name Saigon exhibition can see photos featuring diversified graffiti works created on many streets in Saigon, and can also buy them at reasonable prices. Giants Step was founded by curator Vanessa Le and Vietnamese French graffiti artist Suby One. Vanessa Le studied fine art in Singapore, Japan, and Thailand before coming back Vietnam to host many contemporary art programs in HCMC. Suby One has gained his reputation in the field of graffiti in France. He returned to Vietnam last year to develop this kind of art in the country. Since then Suby One has gathered graffiti artists in Saigon to work under one roof. Giants Step is operated as an art space for local young artists whose artworks are chosen by curators to exhibit at many events and activities without a fee. It is expected that the venue will contribute to the development of contemporary art in Vietnam. The exhibition runs until May 17. … [Read more...]

Female veteran artists’display opens in city

A painting by artist Le Thoa (Photo:SGGP)

A painting exhibition featuring female veteran artists’ art works opened at Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts on April 20. Painters include Kim Vinh, Le Tam and Thanh Minh who are deputy head of the HCM City University of Fine Arts; the amateur painter Le Thoa. Scientist Le Thoa (Le Thi Thoa), who is the wife of late Senior Lieutenant General Tran Van Tra, takes part in the exhibition. She presents her works on flowers, landscapes and memories of the war and beloved husband. The talented general has passed away; yet stories about him will forever remain in the hearts of his wife and Vietnamese people. … [Read more...]

Over 5,000 craft villages in Vietnam need help

A woman makes sedge mats at Phu Tan Craft Village in the central province of Phu Yen. A law or ordinance regulating and supporting craft villages should be enacted, participants at a forum said.

VietNamNet Bridge – It is time for the National Assembly to enact a law or ordinance to regulate and support craft villages, proposed participants at a forum on the role of craft villages in Viet Nam's international integration. The participants included President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front, Nguyen Thien Nhan, Minister of Trade and Industry, Vu Huy Hoang, and Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen and representatives from 12 craft villages from across the nation. According to Luu Duy Dan, Chairman of the Association of Viet Nam Craft Villages, by late 2014, there were 5,096 craft villages in Viet Nam providing about 10 million jobs and with incomes around double or triple that of a rice farmer. In some localities, the income can be considerably higher. "Many Vietnamese craft villages have been around for 500-1,000 years and they are well-known around the world, like Van Phuc silk, Dong Ho painting or Bat Trang ceramic villages," Dan … [Read more...]

Survey points to glaring gap in research and development

Low investment in research and development is undermining Vietnam’s economic competitiveness. According to a survey on Vietnam’s hi-tech application released in April 2015 by the Ministry of Science and Technology’s (MoST) Department of Market Development and Scientific and Technology Enterprises, Vietnam has just 134 hi-tech enterprises. Only 25 of these enterprises have their own research and development units. Of these 25, 56% were "not innovative" and none of them proved to be "very innovative," a department survey stated. According to a recently released joint Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)-World Bank report on the research and development and innovation in Vietnam, the country’s gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD) occupied only 0.2% of gross domestic product, or about US$360 million in 2014. Meanwhile, the rate was about 3.7% for the Republic of Korea, 3.3% for Japan, 1.8% for China, and 0.8% for … [Read more...]

Duc Tuan’s show celebrates reunification

Pop star Duc Tuan will perform revolutionary music at his latest live show Bai Ca Khong Quen tonight.

VietNamNet Bridge – Popular pop singer Duc Tuan will stage a solo performance in HCM City tonight (April 21), singing popular revolutionary songs to celebrate the country's Reunification Day on April 30. The show called Bai Ca Khong Quen (Forever Songs) also aims to mark his 15 years of singing. Tuan will perform with support from his younger colleagues, Hien Thuc, Noo Phuoc Thinh, Nguyen Ngoc Anh and Ngoc Mai, who share his love of music. After spending months to prepare for the show, Tuan said he was confident he could win over the city's fans, including professional singers and music critics. "I know some people think I don't have enough experience and power to sing revolutionary pieces," the 30-year-old said. "But I promised I will provide audiences with something new in my style of music and performance, instead of just my pop, R&B, and musical songs, which are my strength." His show will employ a group of skilled dancers to make the songs meaningful. Tuan will … [Read more...]

Craft villages need more regulations, support: forum

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It is time for the National Assembly to enact a law or ordinance to regulate and support craft villages, proposed participants at a forum on the role of craft villages in Vietnam's international integration. A woman makes sedge mats at Phu Tan Craft Village in the central province of Phu Yen. A law or ordinance regulating and supporting craft villages should be enacted, participants at a forum said. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa The participants included President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, Nguyen Thien Nhan, Minister of Trade and Industry, Vu Huy Hoang, and Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen and representatives from 12 craft villages from across the nation. According to Luu Duy Dan, Chairman of the Association of Vietnam Craft Villages, by late 2014, there were 5,096 craft villages in Viet Nam providing about 10 million jobs and with incomes around double or triple that of a rice farmer. In some localities, the income can be considerably … [Read more...]

Promoting craft villages in international integration

President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan stressed the importance of preserving traditional craft villages.

(VOVworld)- A workshop on enhancing the development of craft villages in international integration took place in Hanoi on Monday. In his address, the President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan stressed the importance of preserving traditional craft villages. He said the VFF will submit to the Government a project on Vietnamese craft village development directions for the 2025-2030 period. Participants at the seminar called for acceleration of applied science and technology to improve the competitiveness of craft products. They urged for more incentives to promote craft occupations in rural and mountain areas. Luu Duy Dan is President of the Vietnam Craft Village Association: "In order to preserve and promote the cultural values of craft villages, we need to expand cultural tourism among Vietnamese ethnic groups. We need to assist exhibition centers, museums and cultural houses to promote the products of craft villages. We should support the restoration of temples … [Read more...]

Activities mark 40th anniversary of national reunification

Eyewitnesses talk with students about Vietnam's victory in 1975. (Photo: VGP)

(VOVworld) - Construction of the Nguyen Huu Canh temple began in Ho Chi Minh city on Monday as part of activities to mark the 40th anniversary of Southern Liberation and National Reunification. The temple will be built on a 7,400-square-meter area inside the Park of Ethnic Culture and History to pay tribute to Nguyen Huu Canh,who established Vietnam's territorial sovereignty in Saigon and the Gia Định region in 1698, now Ho Chi Minh city. An art festival featuring Vietnam's heroic traditions concluded on Monday in the central province of Quang Tri. 19 art troupes brought to the festival 100 expertly-choreographed performances. Organizers presented 25 gold medals for the best performances. The Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi has held a discussion between young police officers, commandoes, soldiers, and 2 historical eyewitnesses. They were lieutenant general Duong Cong Suu and sergeant Ngo Sy Nguyen, who were the artillerymen in the first tank to ram the main gates of … [Read more...]