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Government to combat environmental pollution in craft villages

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am




Government to combat environmental pollution in craft villages


QĐND – Monday, January 10, 2011, 20:44 (GMT+7)

PANO – Deputy Prime, Minister Hoang Trung Hai, recently assigned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in coordination with other central agencies and localities, to draw up a comprehensive scheme on the treatment of environmental pollution at nationwide craft villages.


The Deputy Prime Minister also asked the Ministry to complete circulars on environmental technical standards in order to issue them in the third quarter of 2011.


According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, there are some 1,500 craft villages nationwide, of which 800 villages are located in the Red River Delta.


Meanwhile, results from recent surveys conducted by the Centre of Water Resources and Environment show that the environment of food processing, industrial and handicraft villages is alarming.  


Both officials and experts agreed that it was high time to immediately take serious measures against environmental pollution in craft villages in order to ensure sustainable development for the sector in the future.


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

“New life” in Son Dong craft village

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm




“New life” in Son Dong craft village


QĐND – Monday, August 16, 2010, 20:37 (GMT+7)


Son Dong craft village in Hoai Duc district, Hanoi, is Vietnam’s largest craft village making wood statues of Buddha and objects of worship.


The village has set many national records for the quantity and quality of its wooden products and the number of people involved in the profession.

Arriving in the village in early July, the first impression for tourists is the strange but interesting sound of people busing carving the wood. In every nook and cranny of the village, the workers are concentrating on different kinds of statues. Each worker has his own task; some saw the timber while others carve the wood and paint the statues.


After painstakingly painting a horizontal lacquered board, Nguyen Viet Da, an 85 year-old artisan in the village, tells visitors about his village‘s profession. According to Da, the imitation antique statues are often made from three different types of timber brought in from the central highlands, Hai Phong or even imported from Cambodia. Only jackfruit wood can be used to carve the reproduction antique Buddha statues, as it is soft, durable and easy to carve.


From the raw timber, the skillful workers easily carve statues of Amitabha (the Buddha of Infinite Light) and the God of Prosperity, or create horizontal lacquered boards with parallel sentences.


The workers must go through dozens of steps before finishing a product including selecting the wood, carving it, then painting it. This highly skilled work requires great patience and concentration.


“These wooden objects are for worship, therefore the maker must have a good heart and mind,” said Da.






Wood carving has existed in the village for more than 300 years and during some periods it seemed that the villagers could not maintain their handicraft. However, some of them secretly preserved their traditions and passed them on to the younger generations. Nguyen Duc Dau (1896-1988) is respected by the whole village for his outstanding skill. In 1986, he opened training courses for the villagers and worked with the Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Art to provide them with the necessary scientific knowledge and techniques for their work. Thanks to these courses, the traditional craft has been well preserved and today many villagers are owners of a traditional woodworking shop.


Sharing his point of view, Nguyen Viet Loi, another popular artisan in the village said the statutes can only be perfect if the workers put all their concentration into the work. This is why the statues made in Son Dong village are quite easily distinguished from others.


Sustainably preserving and developing the craft village and tourism is a concern of all the workers in Son Dong workers. To achieve that, the village has made considerable changes. Along with wooden statues, the villagers are now making objects that contain traditional and spiritual elements of the Vietnamese culture.


The familiar image of the areca nut, betel leaf, calabash and luffa can now be seen in many of the village’s unique products. Moreover, the statues of Buddha and fairies are now being made colourful and small enough to fit in a man’s hand.


Entering the shop of Nguyen Chi Thanh, is one of the trailblazers in making new products, and when visitors enter his shop they feel that they are in a mini museum displaying carefully designed wooden statues.


Thanh said that these new products have been very popular and preferred by the international markets. Foreign visitors are willing to pay high prices for these products, which helps generate work for most of the villagers.


However, the villagers still want their products to reach domestic customers and for their village to become more popular and attract more domestic tourists.


“I am considering a price frame for our products so that they will be appropriate for each particular market and also trying to fill a niche in the home market,” said Thanh.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Hanoi develops tourism in craft villages

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm




Hanoi develops tourism in craft villages


QĐND – Thursday, August 12, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

Four pilot tours have been launched in the craft villages of Van Ha Wood, Ha Thai Lacquer, Chuon Ngo Painting, Bat Trang Pottery, Phu Vinh Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Quat Dong embroidery, according to Mrs Trinh Thi Hong Loan, Head of the Management Office of Craft Industry under the Hanoi Trade and Industry Department.


Earlier, the Hanoi Trade and Industry Department invited lecturers of the Hanoi Open University’s Tourism Faculty to provide training for tourism services and culture preservation to 210 people in these craft villages.


Cooperation among the 244 craft villages in Hanoi is not strong enough, said Nguyen Hoang Luu, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi Handicraft and Trade Village Association. In addition, they still lack good tourism services and guides, while the cultural identities in these villages are fading away.


Officials of the city department also worried about the pollution in these villages due to urbanization.


Developing tourism in craft villages will not only help preserve their cultural identities but will also improve the living standards of local residents in these villages.


Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Craft week held to mark Hanoi’s birthday

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm




Craft week held to mark Hanoi’s birthday


QĐND – Thursday, August 05, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi Craft Week 2010 opened at a ceremony on August 4 as part of activities to celebrate the 1,000 th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.


Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai and vice chairman of the Hanoi ’s People Committee Nguyen Huy Tuong attended the event.


The event, held by the municipal Department of Industry and Trade, aims to provide an opportunity for craft villages to promote their products, seek out markets and attract investment as well as supports from organisations and businesses in and outside the country.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Craft exporters enjoy sales boost

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Craft exporters enjoy sales boost


QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s craft gift suppliers are gearing up for robust sales growth for the remainder of the year, after weathering a challenging export climate last year, according to Kearny Alliance, a US-based non-profit organisation that helps businesses in developing countries.


“As major export markets show signs of recovery, Vietnam craft gift suppliers are confident of seeing stronger demand,” said Vu Ngoc Khiem, programme manager of the Developing Country Export Assistance Programme.


“In fact, 90 percent of the suppliers interviewed in our survey expect export sales to increase by at least 10 percent over the next 12 months.”


Sixty percent of suppliers will target the EU market, the Kearny Alliance survey showed.


More than 70 percent of craft gift producers have maintained prices through lower margins to attract buyers worldwide.


They have combined a variety of locally available materials to differentiate their products from competitors’.


Nguyen Huy Thong, sales manager of Ngoc Dong Ha Nam Company, said: “We are focusing on pressed bamboo by using semi-automatic machines to reduce labour costs, and we have combined bamboo with woven rattan to offer competitive quotes with unique designs.”


Khiem said the survey showed that export prices ranged from less than 30US cents to above 20 USD, depending on type of material and design.


“Fifty-six percent of the featured suppliers are releasing new models in the coming months.”


The total capacity of featured suppliers is 820,000 pieces per month, of which exports account for more than 50 percent.


The survey is part of the Vietnam Sourcing Report: Craft Gifts, which is one of a series of emerging market sourcing reports published by Kearny Alliance.


The report covers profiles of 34 manufacturers, and contains descriptions, prices and packaging details for 105 best selling export products.


These include crafts, gifts and novelties made of wood, bamboo, ceramic, glass, metal, fabric, plastic and more.


Source: VNA/ Photo: Tuoitre


Source: QDND

Tourism helps boost the development of craft villages

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm




Tourism helps boost the development of craft villages


QĐND – Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Over recent years, many traditional craft villages in some southern provinces have faced various difficulties in developing their traditional trades. Tours to these villages are believed to be a good way to develop such projects.


 The southern province of An Giang alone has 29 famous traditional craft villages specialising in making many things, ranging from incense to rice paper, dry pancakes and fishing hooks. About 1,000 households with 5,000 workers are living on these traditional trades. Furthermore, many other villages are specialised in iron forging and carpentry.


In fact these trade villages are facing difficulty in finding outlets for their products and many of them have to rely on small orders to maintain their traditional trade.


In 2007, the province’s Department of Tourism launched the first tours in these villages successfully. These tours have increased the image of these villages and as a result they could continue to market their products.


According to Bui Thi Dung, Director of the Agriculture Development and Industry Consultation Center under the province’s Department of Industry and Trade, tours to trade villages help to maintain and develop traditional trades in the province.


The southern province of Dong Thap has 44 traditional craft villages. Some of them attract thousands of visitors every year. Nguyen Thi Nga, Director of the Dong Thap Travel Joint Stock Agency, said that her company delivers tours to trade villages for nearly 1,000 visitors every month. At present, the company plans to organise more tours to explore tourism potential in other craft villages.


According to Bui Thi Hong Ha, Vice Director of the An Giang province’s Department of Culture, Information and Tourism, cooperation between villages and travel companies should be improved to explore the tourism potential. In An Giang Province, tours should be launched in many special trade villages.


Despite all these efforts there remain several difficulties to develop tourism in such trade villages. “Tourism infrastructure and human resources in some villages are not good enough to promote tourism products,” said Mrs Ha. For instance, Tan Chau silk is famous but its products have not yet been introduced to tourists.


Vu Kim Anh, Vice Director of the Ho Chi Minh City’s Culture, Information and Tourism Department, said that the city has a lot of large travel agencies with various tourism products, but trade villages have not yet been included in the tours.


According to Nguyen Van My, Director of the Lua Viet Travel Company, tourism development in trade villages need investment into infrastructure, transportation and qualified staff.  Launching tours in trade villages is a new tourism product, which need to be explored effectively.


Source: Tien Phong


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Tourists may trek to craft villages

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm




Tourists may trek to craft villages


QĐND – Friday, July 16, 2010, 21:20 (GMT+7)

In recent years, a lot of traditional craft villages have been gradually falling into oblivion because their products cannot be sold. Bringing tourists is one possible solution.


An Giang province has 29 famous craft villages, some more than 100 years old.


Phu My forging village is 110 years old and Cho Thu woodwork village has existed since the 18th century. Besides, there are craft villages specializing in making Cham brocade.


In 2007, An Giang Tourism Department started a trial tour program that became successful. To date, five tours have been built to bring tourists to 12 craft villages. This has helped craft villages advertise and sell their products.


Bui Thi Dung from An Giang Industry and Trade Department reported that this is a new solution to preserve and develop craft villages.


In Dong Thap province, there are 44 traditional craft villages, including Lai Vung nem (spring roll) village and Sa Dec flower village, that attract hundreds of thousands tourists every year. Nguyen Thi Nga, General Director of the Dong Thap Tourism Company, revealed that they transport 1000 tourists to Sa Dec flower village every month. They are also considering new tours to bring more tourists to other villages in the province as well.


Bui Thi Hong Ha, Deputy Director of the An Giang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, called the initial achievements encouraging, but added that the potential of these craft villages has not been fully exploited. In An Giang, for example, there are many original craft villages, but just that have arranged tours.


“Most craft villages have poor infrastructure and small production scale, so, it is very difficult to build up tourism,” Ha noted.


“Especially, residents do not know anything about tourism and marketing,” Ha added. Tan Chau silk is famous and many tourists want to buy it, but the products are not sold at restaurants or hotels.


Vu Kim Anh, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, also admitted that the many travel firms in HCM City cannot build tours to bring travelers to famous craft villages like Go Vap flower village.


To develop craft village tourism, Nguyen Van My, Director of Lua Viet Travel Firm, observed that professional investment is necessary. “In other countries, craft villages are managed by tourism watchdog agencies. Meanwhile, in Vietnam, it is very difficult to develop craft villages in a professional way due to the overlapping management,” My complained.


Source: Tien phong


Source: QDND

Tourists may trek to craft villages

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm




Tourists may trek to craft villages


QĐND – Friday, July 16, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

In recent years, a lot of traditional craft villages have been gradually falling into oblivion because their products cannot be sold. Bringing tourists is one possible solution.


An Giang province has 29 famous craft villages, some more than 100 years old.


Phu My forging village is 110 years old and Cho Thu woodwork village has existed since the 18th century. Besides, there are craft villages specializing in making Cham brocade.


In 2007, An Giang Tourism Department started a trial tour program that became successful. To date, five tours have been built to bring tourists to 12 craft villages. This has helped craft villages advertise and sell their products.


Bui Thi Dung from An Giang Industry and Trade Department reported that this is a new solution to preserve and develop craft villages.


In Dong Thap province, there are 44 traditional craft villages, including Lai Vung nem (spring roll) village and Sa Dec flower village, that attract hundreds of thousands tourists every year. Nguyen Thi Nga, General Director of the Dong Thap Tourism Company, revealed that they transport 1000 tourists to Sa Dec flower village every month. They are also considering new tours to bring more tourists to other villages in the province as well.


Bui Thi Hong Ha, Deputy Director of the An Giang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, called the initial achievements encouraging, but added that the potential of these craft villages has not been fully exploited. In An Giang, for example, there are many original craft villages, but just that have arranged tours.


“Most craft villages have poor infrastructure and small production scale, so, it is very difficult to build up tourism,” Ha noted.


“Especially, residents do not know anything about tourism and marketing,” Ha added. Tan Chau silk is famous and many tourists want to buy it, but the products are not sold at restaurants or hotels.


Vu Kim Anh, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, also admitted that the many travel firms in HCM City cannot build tours to bring travelers to famous craft villages like Go Vap flower village.


To develop craft village tourism, Nguyen Van My, Director of Lua Viet Travel Firm, observed that professional investment is necessary. “In other countries, craft villages are managed by tourism watchdog agencies. Meanwhile, in Vietnam, it is very difficult to develop craft villages in a professional way due to the overlapping management,” My complained.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

Outstanding teachers devote their lives to their craft

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 10:16 am

Thoroughly dedicated to their profession, great teachers do not resist the hard work and sweat that is required to improve their methods in order to help their students achieve the results they desire.  Nor do they shy away from getting to know their students, which helps them teach something just as important, how to overcome the many difficulties that life presents.


With that in mind, Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper introduces two outstanding teachers who have improved teaching methods in their Ho Chi Minh City schools.


Creating friendly environment


Bui The Hung, an English teacher at Truong Cong Dinh junior high school in Binh Thanh District, leaves deep impressions in the hearts of his students.


To help students particularly interested in studying English, Hung takes the initiative to improve the way students study English, a methodology that aims to help students heighten their communication skills not only in English, but in general.


Working as the head teacher, he emphasizes love, compassion and solidarity that helps build unity within the educational environment.


Hung organizes music performances to create a jubilant camaraderie between teachers and students, contributing to an environment that is mutually beneficial to students.


Hung, totally in love with his job, is always close to the students and by comprehending their feelings and expectations, finds ways to help them study better.


Thanks to his efforts, the graduation rate of his high school classes is between 98 – 100 percent each year.


A teacher helps handicapped children overcome difficulties


Le Thi Dung, headmaster of the Binh Minh Special School in Tan Phu District, has worked wonders at her school that provides education and care for mentally handicapped children, as well as those who are blind, deaf or suffer from cerebral palsy and other challenges.

 

Handicapped children play during recess at the Binh Minh Special School. (Photo:SGGP)

She has hired an excellent teaching staff and created good teaching methods for handicapped children.


Visiting the school, which is also a boarding house, observers witness the handicapped children thrive in the loving environment Dung provides.  The staff cares for the students like secondary mothers.


From meals to study period, Dung’s program enables each child with the skills necessary to overcome their perceived defects and achieve self-confidence.


In love with her job, Dung always studies new teaching methods suitable to care for handicapped children effectively.


Dung also creates opportunities for teachers to improve their skills by instructing teacher-training courses.


To date, the school has attained many achievements including the implementation of digital lesson plans. Four teachers have been recognized by the city as having achieved the status–“outstanding teacher.”


In addition, 25 of her initiatives related to teaching handicapped children have won district-level honors.


The school’s students won prizes at the Paragames contest and earned several gold, silver and bronze medals at the National Booce event.


Handicapped children won three first prizes and three second prizes at the drawing contest.


Due to Dung’s efforts, the number of handicapped children registered to study in the school increases sharply each year.


As of now, the school has nearly 200 students.


The school plans to open two more branches with total investment capital of more than VND7 billion (US$370,000), dedicated to fostering the achievements and well-being of handicapped children.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi Craft Week 2010 to take place in August

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 9:22 am