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Exhibition highlights Communist Party’s glorious history

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

An exhibition entitled ‘The Vietnamese Communist Party through its Congresses’ opened at the National Library in Hanoi on January 11. The exhibition displayed 800 items, including documentaries, about the Party and the late President Ho Chi Minh.

The exhibition also welcomed the 11th Party Congress and marked the 81st founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), which is February 3.

The exhibition explains in details about the various victories the Vietnamese people have achieved over the past 80 years.  In addition, there are 600 books and more than 50 photographs featuring the establishment and development of the CPV.

The show highlights the CPV’s important historical milestones, including a conference to unite all communist organisations in Vietnam. The show is presided over by ‘Nguyen Ai Quoc’, who marked the CPV’s inception in February 1930, and the preceding 10 National Party Congresses.

The documents displayed, most of which had been published into books, magazines and newspapers, provide a deep and meaningful perspective of the CPV’s National Congresses; as well as the struggle of generations of resilient communists, that have laid down their lives for national independence. The exhibition will last January 19.

The Ho Chi Minh City delegation lay a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh-Ton Duc Thang statue, in Hanoi, on January 11.

In related news, the Ho Chi Minh City delegation, led by Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee laid a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh-Ton Duc Thang statue in Hanoi on January 11.

The delegation observed a one-minute silence to commemorate two late presidents ‘Ho Chi Minh’ and ‘Ton Duc Thang’. These two individuals are great examples of the patriotic and communist spirit that fought to secure Vietnam’s independence and development. 

The statue was a gift from HCM City to Hanoi for the millennial celebrations of Thang Long  and Hanoi.

Source: SGGP

New comic books based on history aim to educate youth

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm

To help Vietnamese children gain knowledgeable about southern Vietnamese history, Kim Dong Publisher recently introduced a set of comic books titled “Hao kiet dat Phuong Nam” (southern heroes). The series features characters closely tied to the area since late 16th century, when the Lord Nguyen Hoang began extending the country’s territory southward.

Ten first books of the Hao kiet dat Phuong Nam (Photo: SGGP)

The company plans to publish 20 volumes, each focusing on a specific hero. Ten books have been completed thus far, with stories about Truong Dinh, Thien Ho Duong, Nguyen Hue, Nguyen Trung Truc, Bui Thi Xuan, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Mac Cuu, Thu Khoa Huan, Nguyen Van Thoai and Nguyen Dinh Chieu.

It is expected that the remaining volumes will be about Nguyen Huu Canh, Nguyen Phuc Tan, Nguyen Phuc Nguyen, Tran Quy Cap, Tran Cao Van, Nguyen Thong, Phan Xich Long, Mai Xuan Thuong and No Trang Long, who made great contributions to enlarge the country’s territory in the south and fought against the French.

Author Hoai Anh is in charge of writing narratives, while Artist Nguyen Dong Hai is responsible for the books’ illustrations.

Poet Cao Xuan Son, editor of the books, said that to ensure the historical content while remaining attractive to children, Anh has chosen most exciting details about each character as the basis for the stories.

For instance, in the volume “Chien luy Thap Muoi,” about Thien Ho Duong, Anh focused on a scene in which the insurgent army used leeches and mosquitoes to battle French troops. One of the plotlines of “Binh Tay Dai Nguyen soai,” about Truong Dinh, details the scene where French troops load artillery onto small boats in order to attack the insurgent army.

Publishers hope that “Hao kiet dat Phuong Nam” will attract juvenile readers, contributing to improving knowledge about the country’s history among the younger generations.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam History Museum receives Toshiba’s gift

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Vietnam History Museum receives Toshiba’s gift

QĐND – Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 22:1 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Toshiba Group has recently presented a number of gifts of equipment, worth nearly US $10,000, to the Vietnam History Museum.

The present, including 5 laptops, ten 32-inch TV sets, 24 led lights, 10 DVD players, is to help the museum with improving its quality of showcase and service for visitors.

Apart from the gift for the Vietnam History Museum, the Toshiba Group also granted 6 scholarships to excellent students from the Hanoi National University, assisted representatives of the relic site of Thang Long Royal Citadel and signed a cooperation agreement on electro-nuclear staff training with the Hanoi University of Technology and the Vietnam Nuclear Energy Institute.

Through such an activity, the Toshiba Group hopes to partly enhance the relationship between Vietnam and Japan.

Reported by Van Anh

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Contest tests students’ history skills, in English

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Contest tests students’ history skills, in English

QĐND – Monday, May 31, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Nearly 2,000 secondary school students in Hanoi on May 30 participated in the first round of a competition designed to promote the study of the capital’s history in English.

The contest aims to provide Hanoi school students the opportunity to understand more about the capital’s history while at the same time improving their English language skills to celebrate 1,000th anniversary of the city, according to organisers.

The first round included tests on events, celebrities, cultural and historical sites, cuisine, costumes and traditional occupations typically associated with Hanoi.

In addition to the tests, students gave singing and dancing performances and told stories about the capital in English.

Nguyen Viet Anh of Hanoi’s Phan Dinh Phung Secondary School said, “we joined the contest to understand and improve our knowledge about our capital, its history and culture. It’s a significant way to celebrate the great event. Although many people thought that teenagers would not pay much attention to common issues such as the capital’s 1,000th anniversary, we’re proving that it’s not so.”

The competition was jointly held by the Hanoi Department of Education and Training and Apollo, and sponsored by Nokia-Ovi.

About 500 students will be selected to participate in the second and third rounds in July. The final ceremony is expected to be held at the Hanoi Opera House in August with a pool of 180 million VND (about 9,500 USD) worth in prizes for the winners.

Source: VNA/ Photo: Dantri

Source: QDND

Journey through history with antique sword

In Vietnam Culture on February 28, 2010 at 11:31 am

Journey through history with antique sword

QĐND – Friday, February 26, 2010, 22:23 (GMT+7)

An exhibition of 99 ancient swords recently opened in Hanoi, offering visitors a chance to learn more about history’s most popular weapon.

The swords were selected from the private 300-sword collection owned by collector Duong Phu Hien.

Four generations of Hien’s family have maintained and added to the collection. “By collecting and preserving ancient Vietnamese artefacts, especially those relating to the defence of our nation, every member of my family has demonstrated their love for the country,” Hien said.

The exhibition features a large array of swords, including 37 that were made in Vietnam. The others came from different countries, including China, Japan, and the UK.

Each scabbard is decorated with unique and sophisticated patterns, including typical ancient royal Vietnamese designs like pine trees, daisies, bamboo, apricots and dragons.

Hien said almost all of the Vietnamese swords in his collection date from three centuries ago.

The collector was visibly filled with pride when he talked about one of his rare Samurai sword, which is considered as one of the “stars” of the exhibition. The 2.02m-long and 18kg sword is the biggest and longest in his collection.

According to Hien, the 18 th century sword was made out of very special steel. “A very complicated refining technique was necessary to create such a long sword. For this reason, long swords were very rare,” he said.

The valuable collection also includes a bayonet with a solid golden handle, two 17 th -century royal swords covered with Han Chinese characters, and a 1,500-year-old Cham sword.

Historian Duong Trung Quoc said: “The unique sword collection has a historical value which is much more significant than its material value.”

American visitor Brian Brousseau said the exhibition was “beautiful and interesting”. However, he added that the displays needed to be more organised because “it is difficult for people to know detailed information, such as which swords were made in Vietnam ”.

A limited number of informational captions about the history of each sword disappointed another Vietnamese visitor.

“All I can do is look at the swords and admire them, but there are no stories to go alongside the experience,” said Thanh Ha.

However, she was still interested in taking the time to enjoy the exhibit.

“Before I only knew about swords from TV, movies and the theatre, which are usually all the same. Here I see that there are many differences in their shapes and decorations,” she said.

The exhibition also includes five bronze drums from the Dong Son civilisation which date back to 3,000 years ago.

The exhibition will last until the end of May at the Museum of Military History , 28A Dien Bien Phu Street , Hanoi.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Seminar discusses Vietnam’s history in Netherlands

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 at 4:50 am

Utrecht University in the Netherlands on November 6 held a seminar on Vietnam’s history as part of a plan to introduce training course on the issue.

A corner of Utrecht University in the Netherlands

More than 200 professors, historians and former anti-Vietnam War activists attended the event, where they focused discussions on Vietnam’s position in the 20th century and the Cold War, major countries’ policies and relations with Vietnam and the Netherlands’ role and ties with Vietnam in the past and at present.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands Ha Huy Thong took the occasion to stress that Vietnam advocates diversification of relations and international integration. At present, Vietnam has normalized relations with all major countries and organizations in the world, thus opening up new opportunities in relationship with other nations, including the Netherlands.

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