A corner of modern Ho Chi Minh City (Source: VNA)
Many Vietnamese expatriates have expressed their delight to return home on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2).

Among the overseas Vietnamese are 32 outstanding individuals who made active contributions to Vietnamese community activities abroad.

Permanent Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in Russia Tran Phu Thuan said he could not help but be surprised at the changes in the homeland on his arrival in Hanoi.

“For me, the National Day is not only a major event of the nation but also the pride of every Vietnamese”, Thuan said.

The over 70-year-old Vietnamese-French musician Nguyen Thien Dao, a key member of the Vietnamese Association in France, said he was impressed at the remarkable changes of the country since the implementation of the “doi moi” (reform) process.

He noted that the Vietnamese Association in France has been hosting a variety of activities for overseas Vietnamese to look towards the homeland, including the upcoming writing contest on Vietnam.

Returning home on the occasion of the National Day, Trinh Quoc Su, an overseas Vietnamese from the US, said he was touched to witness such rapid national development.

He shared that from 2000-2010, he saw significant infrastructure changes in major cities whenever he visited his homeland, saying the country is on the right development path.

Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in the Lao province of Attapeu Vo Dai Khoa, said over the past 30 years of living outside the homeland, he as well as the Vietnamese community in Laos have always turned their hearts home.

He said he is pleased with Vietnam’s achievements over the past seven decades, especially the significant improvements of local living standards in both urban and rural areas.

Doan Van Vien, a member from the Vietnamese Association in Angola, said 50,000 Vietnamese living in Angola form the most populous community in Africa.

The community has held a number of activities to strengthen solidarity and look towards the homeland such as raising funds to support education programmes and encourage soldiers safeguarding national sea and island sovereignty.

Teaching the Vietnamese language to Vietnamese nationals abroad has also received due attention to preserve and promote the national identity and help young generations understand more about the history and culture of their native country.

As an indispensable part of the country, the Vietnamese community abroad has made active contributions to national construction and development.-VNA