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Walk around Sword Lake for autism integration

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2010 at 2:15 pm




Walk around Sword Lake for autism integration


QĐND – Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

Hanoi Autistics’ Family Club and channel O2TV will join hands in holding a meeting and a walk with the aim of assisting autistics with community integration on April 11th in Hanoi.


More than 400 families of children with autism and volunteers together with well-known artist Duc Hai will participate in a parade around the Sword Lake with a slogan “Together support children with autism to integrate into the community”.


The parade will help raise awareness of autism and to call for more supports for autism-affected children.


Autism has been known in Vietnam for nearly a decade. There will be unprecedented consequence of autism, which is growing, if the community does not know exactly what autism is.


No conclusive reasons for or treatment to autism have been found to date.


However, it is understanding and sympathy that can help people with autism integrate into the community.


The sooner children with autism are identified and treated, the more hopes for an independent life and a stable job they will have.


Source: Vietnam+


Translated by Mai Huong


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