Nha Nhac - Vietnamese court music (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam possesses an array of intangible cultural heritages that have been recognized by UNESCO. 1. Nha Nhac - Vietnamese court music Inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed in 2003), Nha Nhac, meaning “elegant music” refers to a broad range of musical and dance styles performed at the Vietnamese royal court from the 15th to the mid-20th century. Nha Nhac was generally featured at the opening and closing of ceremonies associated with anniversaries, religious holidays, coronations, funerals and official receptions. Among the numerous musical genres that developed in Vietnam, only Nha Nhac can claim a nationwide scope and strong links with the traditions of other East Asian countries. Nha Nhac performances formerly featured numerous singers, dancers and musicians dressed in sumptuous costumes. Large-scale orchestras included a … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s UNESCO-recognised intangible cultural heritage
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At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Tax and other financial incentives should no longer be the approach to FDI attraction, Photo: Le Toan Vietnam is a foreign direct investment (FDI) success story. Since the early economic reforms initiated 30 years ago under the doi moi policy, FDI has become a major driver of the country’s economic development. Today it is critical that the quality, not just the quantity of FDI is harnessed to accelerate results for more inclusive, sustainable development in Vietnam, with no-one left behind. Within the dynamic ASEAN region, Vietnam is a destination for a substantial amount of FDI ($14.5 billion in 2015), trailing only Singapore ($70.58 billion), and Indonesia ($16.64 billion). FDI inflows into Vietnam have been stable compared to other ASEAN countries. Notably, investment in manufacturing accounts for almost 70 per cent of total FDI in Vietnam – the largest proportion of FDI in manufacturing in the ASEAN, followed by Indonesia (40 per cent) and the Philippines (38 per … [Read more...] about Moving towards the next level of FDI
Foreign tourists now do almost all of their bookings online rather than through traditional travel agents On a cool autumn day in Ta Hien street in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Danny and Rebecca, two tourists from England visiting Vietnam for the first time, were enjoying draught beer and fermented pork rolls. Having just arrived in Hanoi that morning, they were armed with a list of interesting activities they wished to experience. Pointing to her smartphone, Rebecca said, “We want to try something very “Hanoi” and the smartphone brought us to this place.” Tourists like Danny and Rebecca can be found in most famous destinations in Vietnam. With just a simple digital device like a smartphone or tablet connected to wifi and 4G, tourists can easily travel everywhere without worrying about getting lost or language barriers, without needing a tour guide for support. A survey on international tourists to Vietnam in 2017 shows that 71 per cent searched … [Read more...] about Future of tourism is here
* Nearly one million Vietnamese high school students begin crucial exam The ministry’s statistics announced the proportion of candidates to sit each test as follows: literature 99.55%, math 99.52%, physics 99.34%, chemistry 99.22%, biology 99.35%, foreign languages 99.63%, history 99.35%, geography 99.44% and civic education 99.56%. During the exam, several mountainous provinces in the north suffered from heavy rains and flash floods, causing landslides and traffic jams. With all emergency response plans prepared, the local authorities actively mobilised specialised means to safely transfer almost all of the candidates in the isolated areas to the exam venues. Candidates sit their exam at Hai Ba Trung High School in Hue city. (Photo: NDO/Cong Hau) However, in Lai Chau and Ha Giang, the hardest hit provinces, there were still 13 candidates that could not reach their exam venues. The MoET has instructed the exam councils to survey each contestant’s condition and report … [Read more...] about High school students finish National Graduation Exam 2018