heritage recognition sought for Ho Chi Minh script
HA NOI — A narration
completed in 1961 by the late President Ho Chi Minh is to be submitted to UNESCO
for recognition as a World Documentary Heritage.
The Ho Chi Minh Museum is
compiling a file on Vua Di Duong Vua Ke Chuyen (Telling a Story While
Travelling), which the president first penned under the name T Lan while on his
way to country’s northeast to direct the Bien Gioi (border) campaign
against the French troops in 1950.
Museum director Chu Duc
Tinh said considering the criteria for documentary heritage under the UNESCO’s
World Memory programme, staff were confident a proposal would be recognised.
The compilers aim to
receive recognition in time for the president’s 120th birthday next May.
The narration reviewed
important events during the president’s more than 30 years of revolutionary
work from when he left the country for France in 1911 until the success of the
August Revolution against French rule in 1945.
Much of the typed script,
which has been carefully edited by researchers, covers President Ho’s working
style and his thrift such as his use of the blank sides of printed sheets and
the back of pages torn from calendars for writing.
The work was considered
more than literary value because it covered historical events. With its high
degree of accuracy, it was reliable material for research on President Ho’s
revolutionary work, compilers said.
Pham Sanh Chau head of
External Culture and UNESCO Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said
the script’s uniqueness made it eligible for consideration.
The work, first published
in Nhan Dan (People) newspaper in 1961, was printed as a book in 1963 and
has since been reproduced many times.
The original script was
stored in the Presidential Palace from 1961-69 before being transferred to the
Tinh said the carefully
compiled file had precise details of various values and the inspiration it gave
The file would also
highlight the work’s international significance as required by the criteria
for nomination as a World Memory’s Documentary Heritage title.
Tinh said the museum would
invite specialists to help complete the file. Compilers aim to submit their
final file within a month to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The file, completed with
support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Archives Department,
would then be sent to the Government for approval. — VNS