Family photos show Nguyen Van Hoa (L), Vo Van Duc (C) and Hoang Van Tuy, who are among 64 Vietnamese soldiers who died defending Spratly reefs from China in 1988. Hoang Do holds a party to commemorate the death of his son every year. It is barely anything more than 64 cups of rice wine, one each for his son Hoang Van Tuy and the other soldiers who died with him during the battle to defend the Spratly Archipelago from China in 1988. Do is 90 now and not planning on throwing many more parties for the fallen soldiers. “I just hope to join my son soon,” he said. Vietnam is commemorating 30 years since it lost the Gac Ma Reef in the Spratly Archipelago to China, and many families of the dead soldiers have yet to find peace because they have been unable to bid their loved ones a proper farewell. On March 14, 1988, the Vietnamese Navy’s Brigade 125 sent three ships carrying nearly 100 officers and soldiers to the Gac Ma (Johnson South), Co Lin (Collins or Johnson North) … [Read more...] about Vietnamese families in search of peace 30 years after sons died defending Spratlys from China
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This was the main theme of a recently held round-table discussion with the attendance of former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan, Dr Tran Dinh Thien, director of the Vietnam Institute of Economics and Professor Vu Trong Phuc, former director of the Institute of Party History under the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics. Reform is a continuous process Question: After 30 years of Doi Moi, what does Vietnam need to do to move the country forwards on the path of rapid and sustainable development? VU KHOAN: Some people say that it is time for a second round of reform. But I think reform is a continuous process - what was appropriate yesterday may not be relevant today. This is even truer with domestic and global contexts changing rapidly. The Doi Moi reform launched during the 1980s began with a breach of regulations in agriculture seen in the secret allocation of land to farmers. That act was later approved by the Central Committee, which helped change the life of farmers and … [Read more...] about What’s next for Vietnam after 30 years of Doi Moi?
VietNamNet Bridge - After an accident, Ms. Nguyen Thi D suffered from an odd disease – her set of teeth stuck together and she could not open the mouth. For nearly 30 years, she could not eat like normal people. She could drink only milk or soup. Last week the Plastic Surgery Ward of the Hanoi-based Vietnam-Cuba Hospital performed a surgery for the woman, who could not open her mouth for 30 years. The 46-year-old patient, Nguyen Thi D, came from Me Linh district, Hanoi. Before the operation, D had spent terrible days since she could not eat like a normal person. Not a grain of rice, not a piece of meat because her set of teeth were stuck together and she could not open her mouth. Her food was porridge and milk. "It was also not easy to eat porridge and milk. I had to use a spoon to pour a little porridge and milk outside the stuck teeth, waiting it to pass through the teeth to enter the throat," Mrs. Nguyen Thi Van said about the suffering that his younger sister … [Read more...] about Doctors rescue woman’s set of teeth that stuck together for 30 years
Vietnam has witnessed 30 years of Doi moi, with numerous achievements and difficulties along the way. The leaders of various embassies in Vietnam spoke about their perception of the country’s past, and their expectations for its future. Jean-Noël Poirier - French Ambassador to Vietnam One of the most outstanding changes concerns poverty reduction. From 1990 to 2013, GDP has been extensively multiplied. In addition, whereas half of the population used to be classified under the poverty threshold, today the ratio has been reduced to less than 12 per cent. Vietnam has also taken responsibility as a regional actor. In the past, Vietnam committed itself to a process of peaceful political reconciliation in the region. Its two-decade long involvement with neighbouring … [Read more...] about Foreign diplomats look back on 30 years of Doi Moi in VN
(Cinet) On December 15, at Ben Thanh theatre, HCM City kicked off the 30 year anniversary for an establishment of HCM City Writers’ Association (1981-2011). After 30 years, the Association marked some important contributions for a construction and development of literature in the city in particular and the whole country in general. The Association has developed a quality and quantity of the members and works. Like Hanoi, HCM city is one of two centers of the whole country. After 30 years for a development, the Association has discovered and developed many talented authors. Some authors has been honoured some HCM awards such as Che Lan Vien, Nguyen Quang Sang, Anh Duc, and Nguyen Khai. Other honoured some State awards such as Bao Dinh Giang, Vien Phuong, Tran Bach Dang, Thu Bon, Vu Hanh, Le Dinh Ky, Le Anh Xuan, Vu Thi Thuong, Le Van Thao, Le Ngoc Tra and Nguyen Duy. Some ASEAN literature awards such as Le Van Thao, Inrasara, Tran Van Tuan and Nguyen Nhat Anh as well as some … [Read more...] about 30 year anniversary for an establishment of HCM City Writers’ Association