A charity and art programme entitled “Journalists – Events and Witnesses” took place in Hanoi on June 20 to celebrate the 86th Vietnamese Revolutionary Press Day (June 21, 1925-2011). Writer-cum-journalist Minh Chuyen exchanges with audience (source: VNA) Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan and Standing Vice President of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association Ha Minh Hue attended the event, which was jointly held by the Journalist & Public Opinion newspaper, the Labour and Social Affairs newspaper, Vietnam Digital Television VTC and the Capital Media Joint Stock Company. The programme, the fifth of its kind organised so far, provided an opportunity for the public to exchange and share moving memories with Vietnamese journalists as well as honour and pay tribute to more than 400 journalists who sacrificed their lives for national independence. On the occasion, the Organising Board presented 60 savings books, each worth VND5 million (USD241.5), to … [Read more...] about Art programme marks Vietnamese Press Day
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Boat on Sai Gon River bursts into flames Director of the Maritime Administration of HCM City Nguyen Xuan Sang said that local authorities co-operated with organisations to rescue all the passengers and extinguish the fire. However, half of the vessel sank into the Sai Gon River, causing an oil spill. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. Father arrested for selling newborn son Vang Ca Du, a 45-year-old man of La Hu ethnic minority from the northern mountainous Lai Chau Province, was arrested yesterday for selling his 15-day-old son to a Chinese man. The local police also arrested Phan Mo Cho, 25, of the province's Muong Te District, for being Du's accomplice in the crime. Initial investigation had shown that Du and Cho had colluded with another local man to sell Du's son to the Chinese man last Monday for VND19.5 million (US$916). The police then decided to prosecute the case and continue their investigation. 800 plastic toy guns seized in Ha Noi The Ha Noi … [Read more...] about Social Headlines January 21
In the quest for the best pho, bun cha and more in this culinary capital, look for the stands favored by elderly Vietnamese — they know quality when they taste it. Along the way, you'll find religion, history, art and the theater of daily life. In Hanoi, soup is a way of life — the connective tissue of Vietnamese culture. With noodles, herbs and sinew, it strings together twisting streets and varied lifestyles. Here the bones, crumpled napkins and squeezed limes that litter the ground beneath tiny plastic tables are symbols of a good meal and a life well lived. I came here in early December largely because of Hanoi's growing reputation as a culinary capital. In 2010, the website Sherman's Travel (www.shermanstravel.com) ranked Hanoi, Vietnam's second-largest city after Ho Chi Minh City, as the No. 2 foodie destination in the world, behind Barcelona, Spain, and ahead of Rome and Tokyo. Pho — rice noodles in savory broth with a variety of meat and herbs — is … [Read more...] about Hanoi emerging as a destination for foodies
Bob Dylan’s show to tribute legendary Trinh Cong Son There will be an hour tribute to the legendary song-writer Trinh Cong Son in Bob Dylan’s show scheduled to take place in Ho Chi Minh City-based Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT) on April 10. Trinh Cong Son has been dubbed the “Vietnamese Bob Dylan” for his anti-war songs. He is widely considered one of the most salient figures of modern Vietnamese music with more than 600 compositions. April 1 this year will commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death. Bob Dylan’s show organizers have contacted Son’s family to prepare for the tribute. However, the famous American singer-songwriter will likely not perform any of Trinh Cong Son’s songs or music, according to newswire Dat Viet. “Currently we cannot say anything for certain as everything is still under preparation and we’re in the process of trying to obtain the permit,” said Nguyen Trung Truc, … [Read more...] about ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 19/2
First of all, China claims sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands based on the right of discovery and management. The East Sea disputes China's argument includes: 1) Chinese were the first who discovered these islands and named them; 2) Chinese fishermen explored these islands for thousands of years. This proves China's sovereignty; 3) China's sovereignty over the islands is strengthened by archaeological unveils; 4) China has performed its management over these islands for a long time. We will consider argument and historical title of China concerning the Paracel and Spratly islands. "From the age of Emperor Wu of Han (156 BC), Chinese people began traveling in the South China Sea. After a long time of marine practice, Chinese people discovered the Xisha (Paracel) and Nansha (Spratly) islands," wrote the Chinese Foreign Ministry's White Paper dated January 30, 1980, to prove the so-called "China's indisputable sovereignty over Paracel and Spratly … [Read more...] about What Chinese historical documents say?