VietNamNet Bridge – The initial success in the software industry gives an important reason to Vietnam to continue making heavy investment in developing software products. Experts believe that Vietnam should learn the experiences of building up the software industry from India, where most of the information technology firms are software firms. India has been gathering its strength on developing the software industry, while it has been outsourcing hardware projects to the partners from Vietnam and China. The result of the strategy is that the country’s software industry has been developing very strongly, now making up 17 percent of GDP of the country. At present, software is not the big advantage of Vietnam, and it is not the sector that brings the highest turnover in the information technology. However, experts believe that software should be seen as the industry of the future. Though Vietnam is not a big name in the world’s software firms’ map at all, … [Read more...] about The Vietnamese software dream (part 2)
VietNamNet Bridge – The current OTT app market is headed by Zalo with Viber and Line at the bottom. Zalo, a 100 percent Vietnamese OTT app, has 20 million users, a surprising figure to many people. In the eyes of Vietnamese, locally made products are often seen as having an inferior quality to foreign products. However, the “principle” is not true in the case of Zalo. The OTT market had a great war in 2012-2013, with some players dislodged from the market. These included Wala, a young player which could not survive the stiff competition. Kakaotalk, an app from South Korea, had to leave Vietnam after spending big money on the great battle. Vietnamese products have many times been defeated by foreign ones. Zing Me, a social network, considered the “brother” of Zalo, once grew very rapidly but later had to compete with Yahoo!360 and Facebook. VNG might have learned a lesson from Zing Me, analysts say, as it has been sacrificing many things, … [Read more...] about Will Zalo rescue the Vietnamese OTT market?
The successful sequencing of the genome of a people is highly significant because it is the key to hidden secrets about the history of biological development and characteristics. Recently a group of scientists added Vietnam to the list of 20 countries successfully sequencing the genome of their peoples. Dr Le Sy Vinh is discussing scientific matters with his colleague. The secret behind the highway map In a simple and unadorned staffroom with its window overlooking a line of green African mahogany trees, Dr Le Sy Vinh at the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Engineering and Technology – Vietnam National University in Hanoi (VNU-UET) talks about the dream of his, and his colleagues, of sequencing the Vietnamese human genome. Combining both information technology and biotechnology, the project has the participation of 12 members from VNU-UET, the VNU Information Technology Institute, the Hanoi University of Science and … [Read more...] about Journey to sequence the Vietnamese human genome
VietNamNet Bridge – Having private aircraft, possessing islands, traveling in a Rolls & Royce, owning yachts and attracting the media like the portraits of the showbiz world – this is the common portrait of the Vietnamese millionaires. The villas in West Lake area Hanoi is the city which has the highest land price in the world, comparable with that in Tokyo, Hong Kong or Paris. Meanwhile, the land price in the West Lake area is considered the most expensive in Hanoi, which is called the golden land. Leon Lai, a Hong Kong’s actor, could buy a villa with an area of 1000 square meters in Ruby Hill – San Francisco, with swimming pool and golf course, at five million US dollars. However, he would not be able to buy a land plot with the same area in Hanoi with the same sum of money. A real estate expert said that the land plots in the area are priced at no less than 40,000 square meters. However, even if accepting the sky high prices, one would … [Read more...] about How rich are the Vietnamese millionaires?
VietNamNet Bridge - Sources all say that Nokia has been hurrying to employ and train workers to prepare for its return to Vietnam. Nokia has officially confirmed that it will return to the smartphone market, two years after the Dutch conglomerate sold Lumia to Microsoft because it could not compete with Apple and Samsung. Under an agreement signed between Nokia Technologies and HMD Global Oy, a newly set up business in Finland, HMD Global will develop and make products bearing the Nokia brand, from feature to smartphones and tablets. HMD stated it will spend more than $500 million within the next three years to support marketing activities to popularize Nokia products all over the globe. In Vietnam, zing.vn has quoted sources as reporting that Nokia has been quietly recruiting workers and carrying out training campaigns, preparing for the re-appearance in the market of two feature phone models to be launched by the end of the year and two Android smartphone models by early … [Read more...] about Where will Nokia stand in the Vietnamese market when it returns?
VietNamNet Bridge – For the first time a local drama club has bought the rights to adapt the famous Broadway musical “Chicago” into Vietnamese. The Buffalo drama club will begin performing the musical “Chicago” today, June 18 at the HCM City Drama Theatre, 30 Tran Hung Dao Street, District 1. "Chicago" is the musical for graduation of Nguyen Khac Duy, a student of the movie and theatre directing faculty of the HCM City Theatre and Cinema University. Duy then participated in the Young Talent Stage Director Award 2013 with this musical and won the encouragement award. After getting a copyright license, the work will be performed in HCM City on June 18, 19, 28 and 30 at the HCM City Drama Theatre. The cast of this musical includes: Diem Phuong (Velma), Nha Uyen (Roxie), Hoang Quan (Billy), Kha Nhu (Mary Sunshine), Da Phong (Mama Morton) and director Khac Duy as Roxie’s husband. Most actors are very young and some of them are students. With a love for … [Read more...] about The Vietnamese version of Chicago launched in HCM City
VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnamese bamboo flute has long been one of the most popular wind instruments, containing the essence of Vietnamese music. The moody sound it produces has signified the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people since long ago. Currently, the bamboo flute remains a prominent musical instrument performed solo or together with other instruments in traditional Vietnamese orchestras as well as in modern music. The Vietnamese bamboo flute was particularly popular in the countryside, possibly because bamboo grows widely in rural area. For thousands of years, it was an instrument played by Vietnamese farmers while resting, after a tedious day’s work in the field. Young kids enjoyed playing it while herding buffalo or flying flute kites in the clear sky. Bamboo flutes echoed through spacious paddy fields, gently touching the hearts of anyone listening to it. The Vietnamese bamboo flute is generally made from a single piece of bamboo, so, … [Read more...] about The Vietnamese Bamboo Flute
VietNamNet Bridge - Shangri-La 2013 closed but its echo still continues. Perhaps, since the Vietnam War, the Asia Pacific region has never been in need of the things that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated at Shangri-La, as the representative of Vietnam. PM calls on dialogue partners to build trust Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in at Shangri-La. Photo: Tuoi Tre More than 400 politicians, diplomats, militarians and scholars were present at the Shangri-La Security Dialogue 2013. But the audience were the governments and the people in the region, even from outside the region such as the EU – the entity that wants to participate in the dialogue from next time. Singapore is still seen as a great talented organizer of big events and once again they were successful because the regional security topic is the biggest concern at present. The speech of more than 3,600 words by the Vietnamese Prime Minister focused on three key messages from … [Read more...] about Three messages of the Vietnamese Prime Minister
What are the most striking characteristics of Vietnam's defense policy after 38 years of reunification? VietNamNet would like to introduce the translation of the interview with Deputy Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, a Party Central Committee member on Tuoi Tre Newspaper. Behind China's suggestion of COC Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh. We would like to start the conversation from your thoughts – one of the military leaders who mature after the country’s reunification – about the historical event of April 30, 1975? Each person, based on their particular circumstances, will have their own feelings. But there is one thing in common: it is the victory of the people of Vietnam and we are proud to pass an arduous war by the power of the entire nation. This victory has built the lasting peace, which is also a very important condition for the development of the country. To go to the day of victory, we had to pay a very … [Read more...] about The outstanding feature of the Vietnamese defense policy
VietNamNet Bridge – Faced with Viet Nam's chaotic streets, mind-numbing bureaucracy and appetite for strange delicacies (dog, anyone?), it is easy for somewhat uptight foreigners such as myself to underestimate the value of spending time in this vibrant corner of Southeast Asia. And while many things about Viet Nam may seem confusing or illogical to those bred in the western world, there are important lessons to be learnt from this bold and sassy race of people. I was reassured of this fact one afternoon, when driving down Kim Ma Street where I saw a middle-aged woman "krumping" and "twerking" (dance moves originating in the US) her way up a pedestrian island in the midst of peak hour traffic. She was alone, wearing a bedazzling two piece pyjamas set and completely unphased by those around her. It was at this point I realised - there's a lot to be admired about the Vietnamese. Crash course Here is a short cross-cultural crash course of some things you may encounter in Viet … [Read more...] about Lessons from the Vietnamese