Le Giang Lam, an economics graduate from University of Cambridge, UK, argues that the Central Highland ethnic minorities' concept of poverty might be fundamentally different from ours. In a report to the National Assembly on March 22, former Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that although the poverty rate has fallen over the past five years, government policies are still ineffective in areas occupied by ethnic minorities. Below I’d like to present my own views on why poverty reduction efforts have been failing ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands following my month long journey in January 2013 across the region, where I interviewed poor ethnic people and local authorities.(*) There’s one thing poverty reduction projects in the Central Highlands have in common. They assume that ethnic minorities follow the same values and view life through the same lens as Kinh ethnic people (the majority Vietnamese). That is, ethnic minorities want to get rich like … [Read more...] about Why can’t Central Highland ethnic minorities seem to escape poverty?
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President welcomes Cuba's chief judge President Truong Tan Sang has said that co-operation and experience sharing between the judicial sectors of Viet Nam and Cuba is crucial and significant. President Sang made the remarks at a meeting with visiting President of the Cuban People's Supreme Court Ruben Remigio Ferro in Ha Noi yesterday (Sept 10), stressing the important role of the judicial sector to socio-economic management in each country. President Truong Tan Sang receives President of the Cuban People’s Supreme Court Ruben Remigio Ferro. (Photo: VNA) He also expressed his delight at the fruitful co-operation between the two countries in all fields, and affirmed that the Communist Party of Viet Nam and the Vietnamese State and people would always stand by the Communist Party of Cuba and the Cuban State and people during their cause of national construction and defence. Despite the changing global situation, the friendship and co-operation between Viet Nam and Cuba would … [Read more...] about GOVERNMENT IN BRIEF 11/9
Viet Nam receives award in environmental photography A photograph by Do Tuyet Trinh has been selected as one of the best five at the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014 competition. The photographs, selected at the international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film, will be on display at the Royal Geographical Society in London from June 23 to July 4, 2014. Works were selected through an open submission process: entries are judged on impact, composition, originality, creativity and technical ability. The Fishing Net Making in Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta that Trinh took in 2012 features women in fishing villages in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta. The work emphasises the effects of climate change and the annual unusual flooding occurring in the region. Trinh, an amateur photographer born in Ha Noi, works as an expert in financial and banking sector. In 2010, she received a Humphrey scholarship to study at Boston University, USA. There she … [Read more...] about Viet Nam receives award in environmental photography
The producer of the Vietnamese version of a British reality show has apologized for staging an episode over the weekend in which a contending boy band used the traditional headwear of a local ethnic minority group as their loincloth during a performance. The producer of the Vietnamese version of a British reality show has apologized for staging an episode over the weekend in which a contending boy band used the traditional headwear of a local ethnic minority group as their loincloth during a performance. >> Vietnam's national TV admits error in airing live turtle beheading on cooking show >> Reality show organizers explain TV stripping scene Cat Tien Sa Co., which produces the first season of The X Factor Vietnam, issued a document on Wednesday, saying that it was sorry for letting F Band don the richly-colored Pieu brocade in the form of a loincloth in the semifinal show aired Sunday on VTV3 – an entertainment channel of national broadcaster VTV. The … [Read more...] about X Factor Vietnam producer sorry for letting contestants don ethnic headwear as loincloth
Entrepreneur Dinh Thi Thuc: Golden Rose in Ancestral Land With her effort and willpower, Dinh Thi Thuc, General Director of Tan Phong Joint Stock Company, has led her company through the toughest times and become an exemplary businesswoman of heroic Phu Tho land, which is also known as the ancestral land of Vietnam. When Tan Phong was established in 1993, it confronted enormous difficulties concerning capital, personnel and market. After borrowing a small sum of money from her friends, the former teacher set up a textile mill. Building a production factory was a very hard job but finding a consumption market for it was much harder. At first, as her products were unsellable, she had to bring them to Xin Man in Ha Giang province to sell to ethnic minorities. In 1994, after more than 20 appointments, she managed to meet representatives from Sao Vang Rubber Company to offer products made by Tan Phong. Eventually, they were accepted. With its prestige, sincerity and good quality, the … [Read more...] about Entrepreneur Dinh Thi Thuc: Golden Rose in Ancestral Land