“If Only Uncle Ho were Here!”

The familiar lyrics of the song “If Only Uncle Ho were Here on the Joyful Day of Victory” have become the focus of talks between Vietnamese reporters and Japanese friends at a Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) programme held in Japan late 2009.

Reflections on Lunar New Year in Hanoi

Tet (Lunar New Year holiday), also known as “Tet ca” (biggest festival), is considered as the most important traditional festival in the whole country for people of the Kinh ethnicity.

Peace at the end of the road

Tran Thi Tuyet Nga first arrived in Cu Chi in 1961 when the area was peaceful and plentiful. When she went back 10 years later, Cu Chi was a desolate battlefield during the American War, where nothing could survive above ground. Nga lived in a tunnel, fought and witnessed thousands of comrades sacrifice their lives.
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Violinist performs for benefit show

A former winner of the Russian Tchaikovsky Prize, violinist Bui Cong Duy, performed alongside top Vietnamese and the Republic of Korea’s musicians at HCM City Opera House on December 5 night to raise money for typhoon victims.

Free surgery will create 2,000 smiles

The largest free programme in the 20-year history of Operation Smile Vietnam is expected to bring smiles to the faces of 2,000 Vietnamese underprivileged and disadvantaged children until Nov. 14.
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War film tours US universities

Veteran director Dang Nhat Minh’s film “Dung Dot” (Don’t Burn) about the life of a female doctor killed in the American War will be screened at Brown University in the US state of Rhode Island on Nov. 4.
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‘Don’t Burn’ to represent Vietnam at Academy Awards

Vietnamese film ‘Dung Dot’ (Don’t Burn) directed by Dang Nhat Minh has been chosen to officially represent Vietnamese cinema in the best foreign language film category at the 2010 Oscars in Log Angeles next March, according to Do Duy Anh, an official from the culture ministry.

Book of folk songs tugs heartstrings

Le Giang says many people who talked to and sang for her as she traversed the country collecting folk songs would burst into tears when they saw themselves in her new book.
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Exhibition shows horrors of war

Overseas Vietnamese, foreigners and local authorities gathered at the Union of Friendship Organisations on Aug. 10 to commemorate those who have died or fallen ill because of the toxic chemical Agent Orange, used during the American War.

Nation prays peace for souls of war martyrs

President Nguyen Minh Triet has received veterans of K3-Tam Dao battalion who participated in the 81-day campaign to protect the Old Citadel of Quang Tri in 1972 during the American War.