Finding fast routes into the US market remains a vexed question. With around 310 million multi-cultural population, per capita GDP averaging $48,000 per year and less demanding consumers compared to those in EU and Japan, the US was a potential export market not only to Vietnamese firms but also to businesses in countries around the world, said Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) American Market Department head Nguyen Duy Khien. In 2011, the US spent more than $2,300 billion on importing commodities, almost double Germany’s total import value and triple that of Japan. With such a tremendous demand and lucrative market pattern, US market remained one top target to any exporter, said Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency’s Export Support Centre director Nguyen Xuan Duong. Khien said Vietnamese exports bound for the US market faced stiff competition, particularly from Chinese-made items in respect to key export items like footwear, textiles-garments, electronic, seafood, plastic … [Read more...] about Trying to live the American dream
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HCM CITY (VNS) — Well-known author Nguyen Ngoc Thuan's latest book on post-war has been released in HCM City by the Tre Publishing House. The 128-page book Co Ban La Buon (Only Sad) features the lives, challenges, dreams and hopes of Amerasian children living in Viet Nam after the American war. It focuses on Huu Nghi, a boy who suffered from the effects of dioxin. It also describes difficulties and challenges of American veterans who cannot forget the war although it is over. "I didn't want to write a story about war. I have no ideas about war. I met a victim of Agent Orange in Bien Hoa City. He left a very strong impression on me. I felt war through his life. I decided to write Co Ban La Buon later," said Thuan in an interview with local media last weekend. The postwar era is a new topic for Thuan, who is famous for his children books. But the 42-year-old writer believes his new book "will bring a new experience for my readers". A writer from Binh Thuan Province, Thuan won … [Read more...] about Book describes life after the American War
The United States has turned to oversized puppets in its newest attempt to win hearts and minds in Pakistan, funding a $20 million remake of popular children's TV programme Sesame Street. The US show that popularised characters like Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and the Cookie Monster is being remade for a Pakistani audience, to promote "shared values and ideas" said USAID's education chief in Islamabad, Larry Dolan. Girl power and tolerance are among the messages to be spread by colourful puppets such as "Rani", a science-loving 6-year-old girl with plaits who is friends with a teenage bookworm and a hard-working donkey. But in a deeply conservative Muslim country where the Taliban bomb girls' schools and millions of women live in "purdah", meaning that they are concealed from men outside their family, such values are hardly universal. The "Pakistan Children's Television" show will broadcast 78 episodes from September, but in an impoverished country of up to 180 million people, only … [Read more...] about Sesame Street beams American dream to Pakistan
Linh Huynh used to drive a taxi through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam. Then, 13 years ago, his relatives, who worked in a nail salon in Miami, beckoned with the promise of a better life. Since arriving here, Huynh has worked 10 hours a day, six days a week, manicuring and pedicuring nails. After saving his money, he bought his own salon, Lovely Nails, in Kendall, last year with his wife and a friend. “Here in the United States, I think the gap between rich and poor people is not so much. Rich men have cars; I also have a car,” said Huynh, 44. “The most important thing is that I can work hard to prepare for the future of my daughter. She has equal opportunity in education.” Huynh and other Vietnamese are following a path well known to South Florida’s Latin American and Caribbean immigrant populations, carving out an entrepreneurial niche as they seek prosperity for their families. In South Florida — and across the nation … [Read more...] about Polishing the American Dream: Vietnamese-owned nail salons are spread throughout South Florida
Applicants line up outside the US consulate in Ho Chi Minh City on May 28. Photo by Tuan Anh If one were to take a tour around the premises of consulates in Ho Chi Minh City, one would easily notice that the United States Consulate always attracts the largest number of applicants, waiting from dawn in the longest queue of them all, just for an interview. Understandably, the recent reports on US visa scam (http://www.thanhniennews.comhttp://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130606-catching-up-with-the-vos.aspx) and (http://www.thanhniennews.comhttp://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130531-the-big-visa-scam.aspx), in which the former Head of Non-Immigrant Visa Department, Michael T. Sestak, secretly sold each visa for tens of thousand dollars, have sparked public outrage. But the fact remains that he would not be a successful visa salesman if there weren't many Vietnamese people willing to buy them at any cost. This raises a disturbing question: why are we Vietnamese so eager … [Read more...] about An American Dream or a Vietnamese mirage?