Winning the first battles in a long war
From the People Onwards has never appeared in a foreign language. I am finishing an English translation and was fortunate to have a grant from the Luce Foundation to research the French side of the story. Now, we have the name of the unfortunate French commander in the first battle, while from Gen Giap, we have his account of the French corporal's unintended death.
Sex workers struggle to give up prostitution
Women suspected of being sex workers mainly come from other cities and provinces across the country and have come to Song Bien and other clubs in the province to receive HIV education and reproductive health services.
A painter who ‘picks up pebbles' of life
Le Tri Dung's horses have acquired human dimensions and emotions, and the painter turns writer as he listens to them intently, filling up page after page, writes Cao Minh.
Co Tu community preserves ancient culture
Masks have been produced for centuries by the Co Tu ethnic minority, who consider them a form of spiritual protection. Cong Thanh reports.
Village farmers embrace new cash crop
Growing taro, more lucrative than rice and potatoes, has improved the lives of farmers in this rural village. Huynh Van My reports.
Nostalgia drives Mekong bicycle collector
When Hai Long was young, owning a bicycle was an accomplishment. Today, he cherishes the two-wheeled vehicles. Thuy Ngan reports.
Villagers struggle after dam breaks
Ha Thi Vy's home in Quang Lam Village in the upper reaches of Dam Ha Dam is among four others that collapsed after the dam broke due to heavy rains late October in the northern province of Quang Ninh's Dam Ha District.
Boom, bust and blooming again
Thanh Tien Village switched from growing real flowers to making artificial ones three centuries ago, but the craft disappeared for almost 50 years. Phuoc Buu tells the story of a remarkable revival of the art and in the fortunes of those who revived it.
Poor man's laterite enriches Binh Yen Commune residents
Once used to make bricks and build homes by people who could not afford modern materials, laterite has spawned a new art in a Ha Noi Commune, and the rusty-red clay sculptures are making villagers wealthy, Tran Hoa reports.
Teacher learns to preserve Muong homes
Fascinated by the cultural uniqueness of the Muong ethnic minority and concerned that their skills could disappear, one teacher has taken upon himself the task of preserving their stilt houses. Ha Nguyen reports.
Children dig up the dirt on archeology
It's Saturday morning. Eleven-year-old Pham Viet Manh didn't sleep late as usual. Today, he joined his classmates for a special work at an "archaeological hole" at the centre of the Thang Long Citadel's remains in downtown Ha Noi.


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Viet Nam faces forestry restructuring hurdles Viet Nam faces forestry restructuring hurdles

Viet Nam needs to tackle several major challenges in order to restructure its forestry sector, said Nguyen Xuan Quat, a professor at the Research Institute for Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Certification.