President Hồ Chí Minh in the eyes of foreign friends

May 19, 2020 - 09:00

Park Chan Kyong, a journalist in the Republic of Korea who worked for French news agency AFP for 35 years, has expressed his admiration for late President Hồ Chí Minh’s endless love for the Vietnamese people.


President Hồ Chí Minh meets farmers in Thái Nguyên Province in 1954. He was praised for his simple life and endless love for the Vietnamese people by foreign friends. — VNA/VNS File Photo 

HÀ NỘI — Park Chan Kyong, a journalist in the Republic of Korea who worked for French news agency AFP for 35 years, has expressed his admiration for late President Hồ Chí Minh’s endless love for the Vietnamese people.

Park told the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) that he learned about President Hồ from his father’s stories about a leader who devoted his life and efforts to national independence and reunification.

After reading books on the President, the journalist decided to travel to Việt Nam with his wife after Việt Nam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) established diplomatic ties in 1992.

President Hồ is the symbol of the relentless struggles for national independence and the reunification of the Vietnamese people, he said.

He cited documents recently found in Paris as saying that the President had befriended some Korean Provisional Government officials in 1920.

The Vietnamese leader took a long trip from Chongqing to Shanghai (China) to meet his Korean friends and congratulate them after the Korean Peninsula was liberated from the Japanese fascists at the end of World War II, he added.

A Korean who loves Việt Nam, Park is keen to join the Vietnamese people in celebrating President Hồ’s 130th birthday (May 19).

Vice President for the Americas and the Caribbean from the International Democratic Women's Federation Elizabeth Tortosa, who is the wife of secretary-general of the Communist Party of Venezuela Jesus Faria Tortosa, shared her memories of meeting President Hồ Chí Minh in 1965.

Tortosa arrived in Việt Nam as part of a campaign calling for the release of her husband who was in bad health in prison. She recalled that during a meeting with President Hồ Chí Minh in Hà Nội, the President inquired about her husband’s health and expressed his support for his release.

“I was impressed by the simple style, wisdom and revolutionary modesty of the President,” she said.

The meeting was one of her biggest political lessons, and President Hồ Chí Minh was among the great revolutionary leaders of the 20th century, she added.

Foreign media spotlight

Artistic Director and Founder of Bangladesh’s Turongomi Repertory Dance Theatre Pooja Sengupta shared the Bangladeshi people’s feelings for President Hồ Chí Minh while the Ciudad Caracas newspaper of Venezuela highlighted the late leader’s enormous contributions to Việt Nam’s revolution in recent articles.

In her article, Sengupta, who choreographed a play on Hồ Chí Minh’s life that was staged in September 2019, said President Hồ Chí Minh was admired by a large number of Bangladeshi people who viewed him as a dedicated politician. 

He travelled around the world to seek international support for national liberation and reunification in Việt Nam, she wrote, noting that he was also one of the few world leaders who succeeded in the struggle using both the pen and revolutionary actions.

Recalling the production of the “Hồ Chí Minh” play, Sengupta said her crew studied the leader’s life via books, newspapers and documentaries before they wrote the script.

Reenacting the whole life and career of President Hồ Chí Minh in just 40 minutes was difficult, and creating a work for the international audience was even harder, she said.

This put great pressure on the crew, Sengupta said, adding they had received considerable support from the Vietnamese Embassy in Bangladesh during the production. Artists from the Turongomi Repertory Dance Theatre and students from the Turongomi School of Dance worked enthusiastically to perform the play.

Meanwhile, an article published by Venezuela’s Ciudad Caracas newspaper reviewed milestones in the Vietnamese leader’s life, highlighting his leadership role in the historic August Revolution in 1945 that led to the founding of the Democratic Republic of Việt Nam, which is now the Socialist Republic of Việt Nam, and heralded an era of freedom and independence for the country.

The article also talked about the revolutionary morality of President Hồ Chí Minh, who was a role model of simplicity and devotion for the sake of the nation. It affirmed that his thoughts became the ideological foundation for the Communist Party of Việt Nam and the lodestar for the country’s revolution.

According to the newspaper, the national liberation cause led by President Hồ Chí Minh gave Vietnamese culture a deserving stature as he was always aware of the critical importance of culture and selectively acquired the cultural quintessence of the nation and humankind. Given this, he was honoured by UNESCO as a hero of national liberation and a great man of culture of Việt Nam in 1987.

Besides, the President always exerted efforts to enhance solidarity and seek solutions to liberate humankind, the article wrote, describing his life as a noble symbol of the revolutionary spirit, independence, patriotism and love for the people and justice. — VNS