Martin Rama, Chief Economist for South Asia at the World Bank Last month, the urban authorities of HCMC opened a consultation on whether Thuong Tho Palace should be included in the city’s heritage list. This decision was an important milestone in the history of urban development policy in Vietnam. But it also raised difficult questions on how to think about preservation going forward. The debate about the demolition of Thuong Tho Palace was a historic turning point for two reasons. First, it showed that many people in Vietnam were concerned about the possible disappearance of this magnificent building. Experts wrote newspaper articles about its architectural features, citizens uploaded posts in social media expressing their dismay about the possible loss, signed petitions calling for the palace’s preservation, and so on. At a time when the drive for prosperity is so understandably important for the Vietnamese people, there was a risk that nobody would care about … [Read more...] about What value Vietnam’s heritage? An economist ponders
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And if you don’t, you soon will, joining millions around the globe who have watched videos of a man losing his sense of taste, met the voice-over actor of Mario, Nintendo’s most beloved video game character, and the Mysterious Homes of Firefly Forest. With between 11 million and 17 million views each, these are some of the most watched videos among thousands published on YouTube by the global media company specializing in telling cinematic stories. GBS (Great Big Story) also publishes on Facebook, Vimeo, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Prime Video and has mobile apps for iOS and Android. But there is a great big story about Great Big Story that has not been told yet; about a woman, the daughter of a Vietnamese refugee family, who is now the New York-based general manager of the company. This is Uyen Tieu’s story. Uyen Tieu, General Manager of Great Big Story. Photo acquired by VnExpress Finding a refuge Uyen’s father was a South Vietnamese soldier and her mother owned … [Read more...] about The Great Big Story about a Vietnamese-American woman
But I’m not sure if I should be happy or sad because the title Vietnam is hunting for is that of an intangible heritage in need of urgent safeguarding. Some are joking that since Vietnam is unable to conserve the art, it must now seek international help. But whether or not Dong Ho prints and paintings can be saved like Phu Tho province’s xoan singing remains to be seen. Unlike physical heritage sites such as temples and shrines, items of intangible heritage are more inextricably linked to daily life. They exist through the activity of a certain community, either orally or through the passing of craftsmanship or some kind of knowledge. The community is the custodian of heritage. Quan ho, for instance, exists through the activities of the singers and local residents in the Bac Ninh and Bac Giang areas, while the gong culture is maintained by the artists and communities of Tay Nguyen ethnic groups. The bearers of heritage play a crucial role in its existence. But for many … [Read more...] about UNESCO title is not enough to save Dong Ho woodblock printing. Make it sell!
Food safety continues to be a major concern for Vietnamese consumers. — VNA/VNS Photo Food safety is one of the biggest concerns in Viet Nam. The seventh business mission, under the EU Business Avenues in South East Asia programme, will bring more than 40 organic food and beverage producers to Singapore and Vietnam to introduce their quality products to the market. The mission will be participating in EuroSphere 2018 in HCM City from May 18 to 20. A Viet Nam News reporter Vu Hoa talks with experts in the sector about potential and challenges for the organic sector in Viet Nam. Vu Kim Hanh, president of High Quality Vietnamese Goods Business Association Could you talk about trends and opportunities for the organic food and beverage market in Viet Nam? Food safety continues to be a major concern for Vietnamese consumers. There has been an increased consumer demand for safe and high quality agricultural food products. Organic food has become a hot trend in Viet Nam. According to a … [Read more...] about Organic product market expects higher growth
The largest alcoholic beverage manufacturer in Vietnam has been held accountable for issues concerning its distribution of profits and generation of significant financial losses after using the government budget to invest in various domestic businesses. The State Audit Office of Vietnam, the organ examining the use of public finance and property, has submitted a report to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, in which it mentioned the ineffectiveness in investment by Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Corporation, otherwise known as Sabeco, which is partially owned by the government. The auditing administration said that Sabeco used the state capital in 2016 but is incurring a loss at the present. Therefore, the firm has had to make a VND444.7 billion (US$19.5 million) worth of provision offset any potential losses. This amount of expenditure accounts for 77.8 percent of the value of investments originally used. Most of the corporation’s ventures are in banking and stocks, which are … [Read more...] about Vietnamese beer giant makes great losses using government fund