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Ho Chi Minh City museum to create online exhibition showcasing historic treasures



The Ho Chi Minh City Museum of History is introducing a collection of never-before-seen antiques to the world through an online exhibition.

The museum first began developing the exhibition in early February, when administrators realized an online display would allow them to showcase invaluable collections to the public while fulfilling a demand for museum going amongst those too worried to venture into public during the ongoing pandemic.

The online exhibit can be found at, where dozens of antiques are on display alongside their full details of origin, initial owners, and value.

Hoang Anh Tuan, the museum’s director, said the online exhibition is an experiment in the application of technology to archive management and data extraction.  

“We have many collections that have yet to be exhibited. This online archive will help us gather information we can use to plan future events,” he said.  

Ivory seals from the Victor Thomas Holbé collection

Ivory seals from the Victor Thomas Holbé collection

Currently on display in the online exhibition is a collection of works once owned by Victor Thomas Holbé (1857 – 1927), a French naval pharmacist who served as deputy Cochinchina governor and was known for his stunning art collection.

After his death, the Society of Indochina Studies raised 45,000 Indochinese piastre to buy his collection of 2,160 pieces rooted in Asian cultures of Vietnam, China, Japan, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. 

The collection, along with the society’s other pieces, was the foundation for the establishment of the Blanchard de la Brosse Museum (now the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of History) in 1929.

On its opening day, January 1, 1929, Holbé’s collection was exhibited in the museum’s main hall. Some pieces were also presented in France at the Eiffel Tower.

The online archive is divided into four categories based on the material and origin of each piece, including ivory from Vietnam, China, and Japan; 18th- and 19th-century gem stones from China; ceramics from Vietnam and China; and worship statues.

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum of History was formed on the legacy of the Blanchard de la Brosse Museum – Saigon’s earliest museum, formerly known as the National Museum of Vietnam.

Having grown its collection from the 5,000 pieces originally on display at the National Museum of Vietnam, the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of History now manages over 43,000 documents and artifacts, including 13 collections and 12 national treasures reflecting Vietnam’s culture and history.

Below are some of the artifacts on display in the online archive. All photo are courtesy of the museum.

18th and 19th century gem stone wine goblets from China.

18th- and 19th-century gem stone wine goblets from China

18th and 19th century disc-shaped ornaments made from gem stones from China.

18th- and 19th-century disc-shaped ornaments made from gem stones from China

A 19th century Buddha statue from Tibet

A 19th-century Buddha statue from Tibet

19th century Japanese- guardian god statues

19th-century Japanese guardian god statues

Tubes from King Minh Mang’s reign (1820 – 1840).

Tubes from King Minh Mang’s reign (1820 – 1840)

Ceramic ornaments made in the 12th, 13th, and 17th centuries

Ceramic ornaments made in the 12th, 13th, and 17th centuries

19th and early 20th century jars.

19th- and early 20th-century jars

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Vietnam calls for more support to victims of sexual violence in conflict



Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), has called on the international community to further support victims of sexual violence in conflict.

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Women and children are seen in the al-Hol camp in Syria’s Hasakeh province on January 28, 2021.

The victims should be assisted to access psychological, medical, training and legal services, integrate into the community and seek livelihood sources, Quy said while chairing an open debate of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on women, peace and security on April 14.

The virtual debate is one of the initiatives raised by Vietnam in its capacity as President of the UNSC in April.

Quy expressed his concern over sexual violence in conflict as well as its impact on victims, particularly women and children, emphasising the need to take a comprehensive approach to the problem.

Such an approach should not only include timely assistance for victims, but also measures to address the root causes of sexual violence in conflict, he said.

Preventing such violence also requires the full and equal participation of women in decision-making and peace processes, Quy went on.

While states bear primary responsibility to address sexual violence, the international community, and the UN system in particular, can provide much-needed development assistance, capacity-building, technical support and training, he said.

In that regard, he called for sexual violence prevention and response to be incorporated in peacekeeping mandates and for more women to be deployed in peacekeeping missions to work closely among communities on the ground.

Addressing the meeting, Pramila Patten, Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said there were over 2,500 UN-verified cases of conflict-related sexual violence in 18 countries last year alone.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to new gender-based protection concerns, the Special Representative said.

She affirmed that now was the time to “take stock of both the persistent and entrenched, as well as new and emerging, challenges…to eradicate the scourge”.

“Prevention is the best and only cure” to stem the multiple, devastating and enduring consequences faced by survivors of sexual violence in conflict, especially as a brutal tactic of war.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Denis Mukwege said humanity should feel a collective sense of shame, for doing so little to draw a “red line” against those who commit “odious” crimes of sexual violence.

And while some progress has been made in international law surrounding sexual violence in war, abuses remain far too frequent and responses dramatically under-funded.

Meanwhile, Caroline Atim, Director of South Sudan Women with Disabilities Network, highlighted the prevalence of sexual violence as a tool of subjugation and control, including for victims who are forced to marry their abusers.

She also spoke of the specific needs and vulnerabilities of women with disabilities and the importance of “non-discriminatory” services for victims, including psychological services.

Other UNSC member countries thanked Vietnam for promoting dialogues on the humanitarian and urgent issue, and affirmed their commitments to preventing and putting an end to sexual violence in conflict./. VNA


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New shows, young singers are attracting big audiences




The “Veston” music project was held at the Pedagogical College of Đà Lạt. It sold out all of its 5,000 tickets. Photo An Phương

HCM CITY —  Although affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese music market has been able to make changes in recent months, adding major music shows, quality products and many new faces with bold musical personalities.

After more than a month of delay, the concert of famous pop singer Mỹ Tâm is expected to take place on April 25 at Military Zone 7 Stadium in HCM City and May 1 at Mỹ Đình Stadium in Hà Nội.

Most of the songs to be performed in the show are hits from her latest album Tâm 9.

The show will also feature special guests like Hà Anh Tuấn, Phan Mạnh Quỳnh and rapper Wowy.

Recently, Tuấn held a music concert in Đà Lạt City to launch his music project “Veston” to audiences. The concert sold all of its more than 5,000 tickets.

On May 15, a concert of love songs over 30 years of Quốc Bảo will be held at Hòa Bình Theater in District 1 in HCM City.

The show will be divided into three parts to represent the career of the musician. It will include performances by celebrated singers like Trần Thu Hà and Bằng Kiều.

In addition, musician Nguyễn Minh Cường and singer Nguyễn Hà will perform a mini concert “Chạy trời sao khỏi nắng” (No flying from fate) at the Youth Culture House on the evening of April 17.

Singer Dương Triệu Vũ will also hold a concert to help stimulate tourism demand in Hội An. It will feature Quang Dũng, Đàm Vĩnh Hưng and Hồ Ngọc Hà.

Online tunes go viral 

Due to COVID, many singers and musicians have taken the initiative and made changes. 

Many of them are still actively launching music products. In addition, a variety of content, forms and trends are still being produced.

This year, online music is still the the most prominent trend in Vietnamese music.

Recently, episodes of “Xuân Hạ Thu Đông Rồi Lại Xuân” (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring again), a TV reality show showcasing street performances of favourite Vietnamese singers, went viral on social media in Việt Nam.

The show is produced by HCM City Television (HTV) and Forest Studio. It has attracted 42,777 followers on its Facebook page and more than 265,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel.

Its videos, which screen live performances on HCM City streets, have earned tens of millions of views on YouTube.

Young singers like Hòa Minzy, Hứa Kim Tuyền and Anh Tú have permanent spots on the show.

The trio has collaborated with special guest performers in each episode such as pop stars Uyên Linh and Văn Mai Hương, winner and first runner-up of the TV reality music show Vietnam Idol 2010.


Singers Anh Tú, Hòa Minzy and Hứa Kim Tuyền (left to right) perform in a Xuân Hạ Thu Đông Rồi Lại Xuân show. Photo courtesy of the producer

During the show, the singers have covered Vietnamese and foreign songs featuring different topics like love, film soundtracks, and favourite Vietnamese songs from the 2000s.

In addition, young singers such as Hoàng Dũng, Dương Hoàng Yến, Phùng Khánh Linh, Hoàng Ly, Bùi Công Nam, Sofia, EmceeL and Huy R are also attracting the attention of audiences with their unique voices and young energy.

Experts say the music market this year will see big changes, with more opportunities for young artists and impressive, creative and meaningful music shows that are expected to attract many viewers. 



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Vietnam stresses importance of protecting civilians amidst conflicts in Sudan



Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of Vietnam’s permanent mission to the UN, showed his hope that the Sudanese Government would intensify efforts to ensure its leading role in protecting civilians and handling the root cause of violence 

among communities in Darfur while addressing an online informal interactive dialogue on the Darfur situation on April 14.

Quy appreciated positive progresses in Sudan in the recent past and said he hopes the transitional government and relevant parties there will keep fully carrying out the peace deal on October 3, 2020.

He stressed the importance of stepping up dialogue and mediation efforts between communities, while calling on parties involved to ensure close cooperation between the Sudanese government and the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in the country (UNITAMS), regional organisations and other countries in the transition process so as to maintain gained achievements and contribute to promoting peace and development in the African nation.

UN Special Representative for Sudan and head of the UNITAMS Volker Perthes and Sudanese Chargé d’affaires a.i. in the UN Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed Elbahi briefed participants on recent developments in West Darfur, in the context that conflicts between the Arab Rizeigat and Masalit communities have killed many civilians, including women and children.

Volker Perthes acknowledged the Sudanese government’s efforts to stabilise the situation in West Darfur, stressing that UNITAMS and relevant UN offices will actively support the transition process in Sudan in accordance with the October 3, 2020 peace agreement, including assistance in increasing the capacity of protecting civilians of the African country’s security forces.

Amid certain security improvement in Darfur, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2559 on December 22, 2020, that decided to end UNAMID’s operations on December 31 the same year and requested this mission to complete the withdrawal between January 1 and June 30, 2021.

The council set up UNITAMS in June 2020 under Resolution 2524.

From April 3-8, conflicts between the Arab Rizeigat and Masalit communities killed over 100 people and injured hundreds of others./.VNA


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