Looking back at Liberation

Update: April, 19/2010 - 09:57

The cheers of victory on April 30, 1975, still ring in the ears of many Vietnamese people, who consider the date as one of the most important in their country's history.

This month's issue of our news magazine Outlook celebrates the 35th anniversary of the liberation of southern Viet Nam, a historic moment that led to national reunification.

Outlook, which goes on sale in Ha Noi, HCM City and other major centres this morning, travels back in time to the final days leading to victory in excerpts from the memoirs of legendary military leader General Vo Nguyen Giap, and talks to people from all walks of life about their thoughts and feelings on the day that Sai Gon was liberated.

We also look back on the monumental day with Vietnam News Agency General Director and Viet Nam News Editor-in-Chief Tran Mai Huong, who reflects on his journey to Sai Gon as a journalist covering the fall of the southern regime.

Our photo essay presents some memorable images from the war while the magazine's personal section continues to explore the struggle for liberation with the story of an ethnic minority Paco woman who led a unit of female guerrillas during the war.

Elsewhere in this issue we explore the natural beauty and grisly past of the Con Dao islands, meet a Vietnamese supermodel who has built a reputation as one of the catwalk's most versatile and unpretentious stars, and find out how a community of ethnic Ro Mam people overcame a decades-old superstition that was holding their community back from economic development.

Outlook's regular news round-up summarises the major news developments locally and around the world. Readers can also catch up on what's hot and not in the country's culinary, sports and arts scenes - and check out our listings for everything from bars to embassies.

Outlook retails for VND15,000 at news-stands, major hotels and restaurants, at the head office of the Viet Nam News at 11 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ha Noi, or at our HCM City office at 120 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. — VNS