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Ethnic groups important for national development

Update: December, 16/2015 - 09:40
Ethnic minority people in Cao Bang Province. All Vietnamese ethnic groups have played an important role in the national course of socio-economic development and national defence and security. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Dat

HA NOI (VNS) — All Vietnamese ethnic groups have played an important role in the national course of socio-economic development and national defence and security, said Vuong Xuan Tinh, director of the Viet Nam Ethnology Institute, at a conference in the capital city yesterday.

A key objective of the meeting was to review achievements and limitations in ethnology studies in 2015 and lay out tasks for the next five years (2016-2020) and the vision by 2030.

Addressing the meeting, Tinh stressed the important values contributed by all Vietnamese ethnic groups in the course of national construction and defence in the past and the future.

"Industrialisation, modernisation and regional or international integration have deeply impacted all Vietnamese ethnic groups. But, their deep characteristics have been kept intact," said Tinh.

He said to uphold the cultural characteristics and the close relations between ethnic groups with the nation and nationality were the two most important spheres in the issue of nationality in Viet Nam.

Since 2012, studies on ethnic people have shown the return of ethnology and anthropology of ethnic groups in North America, Europe and particularly in Asia and in Viet Nam.

"Study on ethnic people in Viet Nam in the past 30 years has reflected basic relationships between nationality and the national policy, poverty alleviation, migration, ethnic groups and environment, cultural characteristics, cultural conservation and development," said Tinh.

He listed some of the main tasks for the Viet Nam Ethnology Institute in the years to come, including studies on the structure of ethnic groups in the new context of national industrialisation and modernisation as well as deep international integration. — VNS

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