Building characters for a living language
Award-winning researcher Tran Quang Duc has begun teaching Han-Nom (ancient Vietnamese script) as a way to understand Vietnamese history and culture. Phuong Linh finds out why the class has become surprisingly popular.
Researcher looks at Ha Noi's iron ‘eyelids'
More than 15 years of research culminated in this comprehensive book on the capital's iron works, which includes background on window bars, iron fences and balcony designs. Ha Nguyen reports.
Lam Van Bang, honoured as one of 10 outstanding citizens of Ha Noi this year for founding the Museum of Revolutionary Fighters Imprisoned by Their Enemies , tells Thu Trang that each of its exhibits has its own ‘unforgettable story' that will help younger generations understand better the Vietnamese revolutionary tradition.
Korean expert helps hearing-impaired
Dr Choi Young-suk, a South Korean expert on children with disabilities, retired in 2010 to spend her time educating hearing-impaired children in Viet Nam's Lam Dong Province. The former DaeGu University professor spoke to Thu Huong Le about her work in Viet Nam's Central Highlands province.
Pop sensation Tia Hai Chau talks with Thu Trang about her singing career, musical choices and new contract with Universal. Tia Hai Chau won in The Winner Is Viet Nam 2013 contest at the age of 21.
Hundreds of festivities and celebrations are held every year in Viet Nam, but few people understand the significance and details of these festivals. Nguyen Thao speaks to Professor Nguyen Van Huy, director of the Viet Nam Heritage Association's Centre for Research of Heritage, about this issue.
Famed Norwegian choreographer Johanne Jakhelln Constant, who has staged a number of ballet performances in HCM City, has high regard for the talent of Vietnamese ballet dancers. After watching dancers deliver splendid performances in Coppelia, The Nutcracker and Cinderella, she talked with Thu Trang about the future of ballet in Viet Nam and expressed hopes that it would continue to thrive.
Taku Haruyoshi is the office manager for the Viet Nam Liaison Office of Tierra International Affairs, a multi-faceted company based in Kobe, Japan, whose core business is education. Van Dat spoke to Haruyoshi about his company's efforts to encourage environmental awareness and exchange between Japanese and Vietnamese students through an annual tree-planting activity in Can Gio Mangrove Forest.
Chuyen Chang Dung Si (Story of a Valiant Man) will be performed during the second ASEAN-China Festival to be held in Nanning, China, this October. Nguyen Anh Tu, deputy director of the theatre staging the event, talks with Lan Dung about theatre for children in Viet Nam.
Chef dishes on Vietnamese cuisine favourites
Chef Bobby Chinn became popular in Viet Nam after opening restaurants in Ha Noi (in 2001) and HCM City (in 2011). He recently opened a new Vietnamese-influenced restaurant in London, The House of Ho. The new Ambassador of Viet Nam's Tourism in Europe speaks to Le Huong.
Education reform requires bold insight
Professor Ngo Bao Chau of the University of Chicago is the first Vietnamese mathematician to win a Fields Medal. He recently talked to Sunday Viet Nam News about the ongoing reform of Viet Nam's higher education. Tran Thu Van reports

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PM's India visit to bolster strategic ties 4    PM's India visit to bolster strategic ties

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung begins an official visit to India today, aiming to consolidate the strategic partnership between both countries and take it to new heights.

Law to ease real estate restrictions 1    Law to ease real estate restrictions

Most National Assembly members yesterday agreed that the amended Housing Law should allow more foreigners to be eligible to buy or own houses in Viet Nam.

National team in training ahead of AFC challenge 1    National team in training ahead of AFC challenge

The Japanese coach of Viet Nam's national football team, Toshyia Miura, says that fitness and tactics will be his priorities in a 10-day training camp in the southern province of Binh Duong.

Bear bile tourism shuts down in Ha Long Bear bile tourism shuts down in Ha Long

Bear bile tourism in the northern province of Quang Ninh's Ha Long City has finally been shut down, according to the non-governmental organisation Education for Nature – Viet Nam (ENV).

Artist restores traditional values through paper Artist restores traditional values through paper

Artist Phan Hai Bang, who created a very special type of paper called truc chi, is now working with his team to bring back what he calls "old values" in a really big way.