Thousands of Cambodian citizens in Phnom Penh gather on May 2, 1983, to bid farewell to Vietnamese volunteer soldiers of the Military Unit 4 -- Cửu Long Military Corps after they completed their mission in Cambodia. — VNA File Photo By George Campbell, former copy-editor at Vietnam News Agency I arrived in Hà Nội for the first time on 2nd December 1978 to replace Chris Ray as an English-language specialist at the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) working on the daily English news bulletin. I flew into what did not look like an international airport. The plane passed over numerous bomb craters before landing a good walk from a warehouse-type structure that served as a terminal near the bombed makeshift airport buildings. I was greatly moved as I was visually confronted by the consequences of the war I had read about and seen on TV. It took 45 minutes to successfully connect to VNA by radio telephone and a lot longer for a Soviet-style jeep to pick me up. … [Read more...] about Writing history in Việt Nam
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The Hanoitimes - People working in the gastronomy have made efforts to bring truly Spanish taste to Vietnamese diners. Vietnam to join global tourism fair in Spain Spain attaches great importance to developing relations with Vietnam Vietnam's export turnover to Spain increase Spain-Vietnam trade sharply increases Many parts of the world will celebrate World Tapas Day on the 3rd Thursday in June or June 20 this year – an annual international event to honor the traditional Spanish tapa. World Tapas Day 2019. Illustrative photo The event is firmly ingrained in Spanish culture and is globally recognized as a symbol of Spanish identity. It means that this kind of food has played a role in connecting people regardless of race, class, and culture. For this meaning, Spanish people should be proud of their cuisine which has somewhat been successful in conveying the message of connectivity, friendship, and hospitality. Spanish food is more … [Read more...] about World Tapas Day in Vietnam: When Spanish food honored worldwide
Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh (left) talks with partipants of the 4th Conference in Advertising Vietnamese Literature at the President Palace in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Văn ĐiệpViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh yesterday received nearly 200 delegates from 46 countries and territories, who are participating in the ongoing 4th Conference on Advertising Vietnamese Literature, at the President Palace in Hà Nội. Praising the Việt Nam Writers’ Association for hosting such events, the Vice President stressed the conference helps promote Vietnamese literature and distinguishes its identify to international friends. “This is a chance to gather and consolidate Vietnamese writers to get closer approach to more nations in various fields to make more contributions to literature and arts in a new situation,” she said. … [Read more...] about Vice President receives literature conference delegates
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Singaporean enterprises seek opportunities in Vietnam A Singaporean mission of nearly 20 firms will visit Vietnam from October 15 to 19 to sound out cooperation prospects. The trip is jointly held by the Vietnam Trade Office in Singapore, the Malaysia-Singapore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Singapore Business Federation. According to the organizers, the Singaporean delegation includes representatives of large corporations, such as Sembcorp, which has developed seven Vietnam-Singapore industrial park projects in Vietnam, and NTUC, the retailer accounting for more than half of Singapore’s market share. Besides visits to corporations and industrial parks in Vietnam, there will be trade promotion meetings in HCMC and Can Tho City so that enterprises of the two countries can seek partners and export goods. Representatives of the South Agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade and the Vietnam Trade Office in Singapore will also … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 18/10