In 1954, when the French withdrew from Hanoi and peace reigned once more in our capital, I was only 8 years old. Where I am from, students could only study up to 3rd grade. Our teacher, originally from the south, was a child of the Mekong Delta. He often told us stories about his hometown, about how it needed no dam to tame the Mekong River unlike our Red River since the Mekong people had learned to live with the behemoth. Every few months, when the water rose, people would get into their boats and go wherever the river flowed. The life-giving floods would provide their land with silt and fish, so the people could plant their crops without using fertilizers or go fishing with little effort. Life was good in the delta back then. But we never understood that as children since we never saw anything like that where we lived. As I grew up I learned about "Dat rung phuong Nam" (The southern land) by Doan Gioi, a fictional novel about the adventures of a little boy named An, who lost his … [Read more...] about Mekong Delta’s splendors now a relic of the past
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VietNamNet Bridge - Before HCM City’s Party Secretary Dinh La Thang stated the idea of turning HCM City into a special economic zone like Shanghai, the city authorities asked for the central government’s permission to build this model 20 years ago. At that time, HCM City was proposed as one of three places in Vietnam where the special economic zone would be formed. Dr. Tran Du Lich, director of the HCM City Institute of Development Studies at that time, was assigned to develop this project. However, according to Lich, Chu Lai in the central province of Quang Nam was chosen to pilot this model, not HCM City. However, this model was not as successful as this model in other countries because of the lack of a strong mechanism. In 2007, the Politburo allowed HCM City to study the model of urban administration as experts argued that with the similar government mechanism like other provinces, HCM City could not develop strongly. Under the urban administration project, HCM City … [Read more...] about Will HCM City become a special economic zone?
Tien Giang man creates soil maps "After dying, people turn into dust. So I wanted to use soil at cemeteries to honour soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country," Hai said. "I have spent three years on travelling through 63 cities and provinces, islands of Con Dao, Phu Quoc, and Truong Sa to get soil and complete the maps," he added. The 59-year-old artist used 54 square-shaped pieces of wood to make frames for the maps, and decorated them with18 Lac birds, a kind of bird found in Vietnamese stories. He said the pieces of wood symbolised the country's 54 ethnic groups, and the Lac bird symbolised the 18 Hung Kings. The smallest map was transferred to Truong Sa Islands yesterday, while the second one was placed at Hoa Lam in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Dong Thap for a prayer for peace. The largest map will be presented to the Dak Lak Museum on Martyrs' Day and will then be given to Hung Kings Temple in Phu Tho Province. "I hope my works remind them of … [Read more...] about Tien Giang man creates soil maps
Exhibition "Everything is Golden" by Michelle Wise Opening: Thu 29 Oct 2015, 6 pm Exhibition: 29 Oct - 12 Nov 2015 Spacebar Cafe 15/76 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho Dist, Hanoi Join us for the opening of "EVERYTHING IS GOLDEN", a selection of paintings and contemporary lacquer by Michelle Wise. "EVERYTHING IS GOLDEN" is a series of works developed out of Wise's personal interest in using colours and simple geometric shapes to explore how spatial and color relationships have the power to evoke emotional responses. Inspired by non-objective abstract expressionists such as Joseph Albas and Mark Rothkoe and drawing on Vietnamese and other Asian cultural artistic traditions, this series utilizes lacquer work and gold leaf in contemporary ways. Her work thematically focuses on shape and form within these media; eliciting a sense of spiritualism while avoiding reference to religious iconography. Born in 1975, Michelle comes from Whanganui, New Zealand. She hitchhiked out of town with nothing but a … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON OCTOBER 15-31 (DAILY UPDATE)
A new variety of banh xeo to sample in Ben Tre By Lam Van Son in Ben Tre Banh xeo (pan cake) is a traditional dish which people normally use shrimp, pork with mushroom and bean sprouts to create a mouth-watering delight. But banh xeo made of oc gao ( snail) and pachyrrhizus is a new Ben Tre classic and one you must sample if you come to this beautiful province. From Dinh Khao ferry station in the Mekong Delta province, you travel around 12 kilometers to Cho Lach District, then make a right turn and after five kilometers there is an oc gao reserve area. The reserve covers 150 hectares of Co Chien River. Coming to the area, tourists can witness the lively scene of people searching for snails and then try this most wonderful meal. To make the oc gao dish, you use flour like a normal pancake, but mix it with coconut water, then put in the snails together with bean sprouts and sliced pachyrrhizus and you can taste the results. Pleasure and pain of douc research in Son Tra By Michael … [Read more...] about A new variety of banh xeo to sample in Ben Tre