Viet Nam News Trần Thị Thúy’s world opened up after she read a magazine that was in both Vietnamese and English. It encouraged her to learn English. She then became an English teacher. Her classroom has often been on a computer screen because she wants her students to make friends all over the world. by Mai Khuyên HƯNG YÊN — Teacher Trần Thị Thúy, 32, from Đức Hợp High School in the northern province of Hưng Yên remembered how her dream started, when she got hold of a bilingual magazine in 1999. “That was really an unforgettable moment. A new world opened up and I was inspired, so I pledged to study English as a way to help myself realise my dream,” said Thúy. Her determination empowered her to study and become a teacher of English to help local students connect with thousands of friends around the world by joining MEC (the Microsoft Educator Community). At an English class … [Read more...] about Magazine opens up the world
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Viet Nam News by Hồ Anh Thái His name was Ananda, and Ananda means satisfaction and bliss. One morning he went to the director of the factory that stood just outside his village and asked for a million rupees. This sum, he knew, would be large enough to build a great temple with a unique architectural design, the kind of temple that would lure droves of tourists to the village. Until now, tourists had passed by quickly, as if Ananda’s village were located in a wasteland. But the young director—he was the same age as Ananda—refused outright. Wasn’t India already overburdened with millions of temples, an abundance of gods, and a shortage of everything else? No, he would only donate a small contribution to the village charity fund. And when he said “small,” Ananda knew, the young director wasn’t simply being modest—he meant really small. Tiny. And as for the temple fund, the answer was “no.” And that was that. And … [Read more...] about The Man Who Stood On One Leg
A co-working space in Ha Noi. The proliferation of co-working space in the country has been viewed as helpful to the fast-growing start-up scene. — VNS Photo Bao Hoa Banking on solid economic growth, a young population and strong internet coverage, Viet Nam has been making efforts to become a start-up nation. The country has set its sights on having one million active businesses by 2020, and at the core of this community will be 5,000 innovative start-ups at the forefront of technology, ushering the country’s labour-intensive growth into the new age of digitisation and out of the middle-income trap. The Government started getting serious about the issue in 2016 – marking the year as the national start-up year and putting in place the Prime Minister’s ‘National Programme for Supporting an Innovative Startup Ecosystem through 2025’, or Project 844. According to FPT Insight, a start-up ecosystem involves several stakeholders, including the Government, … [Read more...] about VN’s start-ups have ambitious plans, but is red tape holding back development?
Nguyen Khac Giang, a researcher at the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research I had nine Chinese classmates back in college, and of them Lee Hang Wei impressed me the most. She belonged to the Bai ethnic community of China, and so always tried her best to prove what she could do for her country given the fact she was not a Han Chinese, the country’s biggest ethnic group. After getting her MA degree, Lee volunteered to work in Africa, to do articles about Chinese projects in the continent. Four years ago Chinese investment began to proliferate in Africa, and so many African countries were eager about attracting China investors, hoping to be equal trade partners with China instead of being the supplicants they had been with Europe and the U.S. In 2013 China rolled out its Belt and Road Initiative that focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries. The initiative has been at the core of China’s foreign policy since then. China has dreamed … [Read more...] about Loans masquerading as bilateral aid, and the consequences of non-repayment
Viet Nam News By Minh Thu When he was a child, a journey north to Canada from his home in Milwaukee was considered serious travelling to Jason Lusk. So much so, many of the younger minds would believe the 12-drive north was a trip to an amazing and mystical place. That’s the first definition of traveling for Lusk. That’s when his love of the open road began and he’s nurtured the passion for travelling ever since. But now he’s settled here, in Việt Nam, and wants to not only live his dreams, but also to support start-ups in the field of tourism in Việt Nam. Lusk was a former vice president with the American marketing agency Cramer-Krasselt and digital marketing at Microsoft Việt Nam. Now he runs his own marketing agency called Clickable Vietnam. “I built my career in marketing, but my passion has always been travel and learning more about the world,” he said. Dream of traveling Lusk grew up in Milwaukee. It was not the kind … [Read more...] about Tourism expert finds misson to support Vietnamese start-ups