Inner Sanctum Catching up with the world of knowledge Dr Chu Hao and staff at Tri Thuc (Knowledge) Publishing House dream of enriching society by publishing 1,000 academic books via their project Bookshelf of World Knowledge. The plan will last a decade and they’ve managed more than 100 so far. Minh Thu finds out more. Inner Sanctum: In today’s Viet Nam it’s much easier to sell lighthearted literature than factual books. Why did you and your colleagues choose to publish high brow non-fiction? When we set up Tri Thuc Publishing House, we targeted readers who wanted to learn more about academic books from across the world. Many books by sages such as Plato, Aristote, Darwin, Newton, Kant, Hegel and Einstein are considered the foundation of Western thinking but haven’t been translated into Vietnamese, except for a few extracts. Wars and difficult living conditions are partly to blame for this, but the biggest reason is that intellectual circles in Viet Nam … [Read more...] about Catching up with the world of knowledge
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They are senior executives at multinational companies. They have wide experience in building an organization or a team with a strong desire to win. The winning culture is an important foundation for talented people to get accelerated in their career. For many business leaders, one of the most read books about leadership is Dr Shelly Leanne’s "Leadership the Barack Obama Way", first published in the United States in 2010. This 400-page book has three parts, two of which discuss how to build a winning culture – a critical foundation to make a lively President of the United States during 8 years. The author wrote that one of Barack Obama’s keys to success is his ability to encourage and inspire the young people and to build a strong team to work together with him. Nowadays, building a winning team is no longer an unfamiliar term in the development strategy of multinational companies and it has become the guiding principle for talents with an ambition to grow and develop … [Read more...] about How to build a winning culture?
The business community has hailed the media for its active role in shaping a healthier business and investment environment. In the meantime, the media has been asked to fine tune its self so that journalist should never been a threat to good business practices. Earlier this year, eight local dairy goods importers, producers and traders had a lucky escape when the General Department of Customs (GDT) handed down a sentence on tax arrears totalling an estimated VND700 billion (US$31.1 million). Asked to pay extra value-added tax and import tariffs for material imports which had been miscategorised and therefore under-taxed, Vinamilk, Hanoimilk, FrieslandCampina, Nutifood, Dai Tan Viet, Hoang Lam, A Chau and The He Moi, spread word of their petition against the tax collection decision to local media outlets. Almost all local economic newspapers published the story on the dairy importers’ appeal to the government bodies which created a wave of public discontent over the GDT’s … [Read more...] about Building a win-win partnership
PANO - In an article published in Matichon on June 23rd, Ning Fuikui, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Thailand, rightly pointed out that the world recently has shown deep disappointment with wrongful acts of China such as drilling in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of another country and deliberately ramming untill sinking the latter’s vessels operating normally in fishing area. These acts not only encroached upon international law, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), but also ran counter to the bilateral agreements reached by the two countries’ senior leaders and aggravated the tense situation in the East Sea and the region as well. However, to find excuses for these erroneous actions of China, Ambassador Ning did not hesitate to re-write history, fabricate facts and use distorted arguments in order to cover up the truth. So what truth is Ambassador Ning trying to cover? The Paracel … [Read more...] about A Harasser Crying “Stop Harassing!”
PANO - Recently, some China’s orthodox mass media, including the Global Times, the International Herald Leader published articles on China’s illegal placement of the drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 deep in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. These articles are written by Ke Xiaozhai, Zun Xiaoying, Lu Jianren of the Southeast Asia Research Institute under the Guangxi University. A Vietnamese researcher Hoang Truong, out of his curiosity had thoroughly read these articles and arrived at a conclusion that these articles are nothing but the chaotic and unscientific arguments on the phenomenon and nature of the incident. The researcher, in his writing to the People’s Army Newspaper on June 7th, cited the article of Ke Xiaozhai with the so called scientific analysis of the four labyrinths that drive Vietnam to take adventurous acts. Having read the article, researcher Hoang Truong stated that what Ke Xiaozhai had written proved that the author … [Read more...] about Why Chinese scholars under the cloak of scientists act unscientifically?