Viet Nam News A doctor who once got to know a lot about pregnancy and childbirth is now very involved in making fish sauce. It is a very traditional type of fish sauce that Hồ Kim Liên’s family always produced. She took over the business when no other family members would and, in doing so, kept Phú Quốc fish sauce going. Hồ Kim Liên was an obstetrician at the Phú Quốc General Hospital before becoming chairwoman of the Khải Hoàn Trading Joint Stock Company and the Phú Quốc Fish Sauce Association. Liên and other members of the association have made great to reviving and developing the traditional Phú Quốc fish sauce. Xuân Hương spoke to her. Inner Sanctum: Why did you give up a job that is the dream of many young people to become the chief of a traditional fish sauce company? Are you pleased with what you have achieved since? I am the eldest of eight … [Read more...] about Saving the fish sauce tradition
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The spirit of Christmas is strong in Viet Nam. People have made decorations, Santa Claus has been visiting some people and many Christmas art performances have been put on. There are also many Christmas trees. One is made from old plastic bottles, especially to offer an environmental message. by Le Huong & Thu Anh As chilly gusts of wind overwhelm the north of the country, people are preparing for the festive season. Lights appear on fake pine trees at offices, hotels and restaurants while Christmas melodies fill the air at cafes on every street corner. The largest-ever Christmas festive nights at Ha Noi's West Lake Waterpark on December 23 and 24 promise to host up to 40,000 people. The night will contain various "surprising factors", according to the waterpark and Heartlink JSC, which co-organised the event. Images of a white park and snowy road will be displayed and family members can try out Christmas-themed games, in addition to hitting the dance floor with hundreds of male … [Read more...] about Merry Christmas
It used to be more common for only old people to suffer heart attacks. Now, younger people are having them. To prevent heart attacks, it helps to not live a life full of stress, not to smoke and not to be too fat. Some people may get heart attacks because they come from families with histories of heart attacks. HA NOI (VNS) — An increasing number of young adults in their thirties and forties are suffering from heart attacks, which typically occur in older age, according to Associate Professor Pham Manh Hung, chairman of the Viet Nam Medical Association. Heart attacks, scientifically known as myocardial infarction, occur when blood stops flowing to a part of the heart, causing damage to the heart muscle. Recently a 27-year-old farmer from the northern Ninh Binh Province, was rushed to the Ha Noi-based Huu Nghi Hospital with symptoms of shortness of breath, sweating, left chest pain and tiredness. The doctors were surprised to see X-ray pictures of the young patient's coronary … [Read more...] about The age of the heart attack
Poor people have been given cows to help make their lives better. If their cows give birth to calves, the poor people will be able to sell the young animals and pay their children's school fees. Help from the Government is also allowing poor people to grow more rice. This help comes in the form of seeds as well as fertiliser to make the soil better. by Ngoc Duy HA NOI (VNS) — Hope may be the best motivation for impoverished residents who are striving to improve their lives in the Central Highlands at a time when Government efforts to support the change are continuing. A field trip, which was organised by the Ministry of Planning and Investment's central coordinating committee for the Central Highlands Poverty Reduction Project, revealed the progress of the ongoing programme last December. The project aims to enhance the opportunities and livelihoods of residents in poor households and communities in the highlands region by improving access to basic services related to farm … [Read more...] about Poor farmers receive help
One of the most beautiful towns in Viet Nam has celebrated its one-hundred-and-tenth birthday. Early buildings that went up in Sa Pa, in Lao Cai Province, were built by the French who ruled over Viet Nam at the time. Around the town are beautiful rice fields. To celebrate this birthday, photographers showed people the pictures they had taken of the town and the area around it. LAO CAI (VNS) — The famous town of Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province is celebrating its 110th birthday with various cultural activities. Famous for its stunning mountainous landscape and unique ethnic culture, Sa Pa attracts thousands of tourists every year. The cool climate and magnificent green vistas first attracted the attention of French colonisers in the first years of the 20th century. In following decades, hundreds of French-style villas were built in the area. Aiming to turn this town into a "summer capital", the French even built a railway route linking Ha Noi and Lao Cai. However, Sa Pa and its … [Read more...] about Happy birthday, Sa Pa!