By Hoang Bac – Translated by Anh Quan
Nostalgic books and comics
The opening ceremony of the occasion took place at the National Library of Vietnam in Hanoi in the buildup to the eighth Vietnam Book Day which is held annually on April 21 to encourage a reading culture among the public.
The online book festival is running with the theme of “Sách cho mọi nhà”, “Books for everyone”, and is scheduled to last through to May 15.
The highlight of the event will be an online book copyright festival which will run between April 19 and April 26 on book365.vn.
A number of exchanges among authors, interpreters, researchers, publishing house owners, and readers will take place throughout the festival. In addition, there will be many discounts and gifts on offer for customers, with the first 30,000 online book orders enjoying free shipping.
A ceremony to mark the start of a series of activities to mark celebrations for the eighth Vietnam Book Day is set to get underway on April 18 in Ho Chi Minh City.
The event was part of the activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Soviet Union/Russian diplomatic ties and the 40th anniversary of the spaceflight by the Soviet Union’s cosmonaut Viktor Gorbatko and Vietnamese pilot Pham Tuan.
Since the two countries established their diplomatic ties 70 years ago, Vietnam and the Soviet Union/Russia have signed a number of cooperation agreements, treaties, and conventions in the fields of economy, trade, culture, and aeronautics and space. In 1980, the Soviet Union’s cosmonaut Viktor Gorbatko and Vietnamese pilot Pham Tuan went to space on the Russian Soyuz-37 spacecraft and returned safely. This is seen as an historic event.
Following the Cooperation Plan in the 2019-2022 period, the State Records and Archives Department and the Federal Archival Agency of Russia co-published a three-part book about the spaceflight.
Translated by Song Anh
The “Huong Thom Que Me” (The Fragrance of Motherland) exhibition, held April 14- 26, displays 100 works of calligraphy in various languages including Vietnamese, English, French and Chinese.
The works reflect the Zen master’s love for Mother Earth, who nurtures and protects all sentient beings.
The exhibition takes its name from the title of a new book that features Thich Nhat Hanh calligraphy.
According to Eve Yuen, a Hongkong-based art critic, Hanh’s works are choreographic calligraphy that exude exquisite qualities, incorporating straight and solid lines as well as flowing curves in a balanced composition.
The works were earlier displayed in France, Germany, Canada, the U.S., Thailand, Taiwan, Hongkong, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Calligraphy works by Thich Nhat Hanh. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tuyen.
The Zen master said he has done more than 10,000 calligraphic works since 1994. They have helped him demonstrate the art of mindful living to his students. They have become a source of donations supporting humanitarian projects in many developing countries.
“Writing calligraphy is a practice of meditation,” the Master has said.
“The way I do calligraphy, I do it in a certain way that can generate the energy of mindfulness, concentration, insight, and compassion during the time of practice.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, considered the second most influential Buddhist leader in the world after the Dalai Lama, studied and practiced Zen Buddhism from 1942.
Born in 1926, he became a monk at the age of 23 after studying Buddhism for seven years.
In the 1960s he spearheaded a movement by Buddhists in southern Vietnam that called for a negotiated end to the Vietnam War.
He left the country in 1966 and lived in Plum Village in southern France for decades, traveling regularly throughout North America and Europe to give lectures on mindfulness and peace.
Thich Nhat Hanh is also a celebrated poet and peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967, and is the author of more than 100 books, including several bestsellers like the “The Miracle of Mindfulness.”
Emirates has announced the latest updates to its booking policies, offering customers even more confidence and flexibility to make their travel plans.
Customers holding tickets issued before September 30, 2020 for travel before December 31, 2021, can now rebook to travel anytime within 36 months, an extension of 12 months from the previous policy.
Those holding tickets issued after October 1, 2020 for travel before December 31, 2021, can utilise their tickets anytime within 36 months from the date of their original booking.
Fees for reissuing any ticket will be waived, and vouchers or unused portions of Emirates tickets may be refunded without penalty.
Customers who hold tickets issued directly by Emirates, whether via emirates.com or the airline’s retail and contact centres, do not have to contact Emirates as the tickets are automatically extended. Customers who purchased their tickets via a travel agent will need to contact their agent before the expiry date to reissue their tickets.
Emirates was the first airline to provide global multi-risk travel insurance cover for all passengers, and the airline is now extending this facility beyond March 31, 2021 until further notice, offering added value and peace of mind for its customers.
For its loyal frequent flyers, Emirates Skywards is extending the Tier Status of its Silver, Gold and Platinum members until 2022. The validity of any Skywards Miles due to expire since April 2020 has been further extended until August 31, 2021, providing Skywards members with more opportunities to utilise them for an extensive range of flight and partner rewards as well as other privileges.
In addition, Emirates Skywards is offering members a chance to earn double Tier Miles on all Emirates and flydubai flights booked from April 1 until June 30, for travel until December 30, 2021. — VNS
Vietnamese artists are welcoming the establishment of an electronic trading floor where involved parties can meet for transactions, assess the value of products, and support artists on issues related to intellectual property.
Singers Tung Duong (left) and Tran Thu Ha
Personal information, honoraria and creative products of Vietnamese artists now can be reviewed and assessed in a transparent way on Vietnam Artist Booking (VAB).
The trading platform can serve as a channel for transactions, product valuation and support in intellectual property, striving for Vietnam’s showbiz industry development and integration.
There will be an official information portal and transaction channel on VAB that connects and manages orders related to performance schedules and creative product use.
Tang Ngan Ha, the founder of VAB, said the trading floor will create a civilized and transparent environment to protect and assess the value of artists’ intellectual property.
Unlike developed countries, where the showbiz industry has existed for many years and the market controlled by prestigious distributors, in Vietnam, artists have been alone in the process of advertising, distributing and protecting their products.
With the establishment of the electronic trading floor, all products to be announced will be examined in a strict and transparent way, with authorization. There will not be any limitation on the fields of creativity of the artists. They could be singers, musicians, dancers, actors, models or writers.
Well known artists, including musician Do Bao, singers Tung Duong, Ha Tran, Luu Quang Minh and Tang Nhat Tue, have expressed their support about the establishment of the floor.