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Nam Dinh preserves traditional water puppetry

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In recent years, the preservation and development of water puppetry has been paid attention by many localities, including the northern province of Nam Dinh.

Nam Dinh preserves traditional water puppetry

Song Que water puppet art troupe of Nam Truc district performes at the Museum of Nam Dinh province. (Photo: VNA)

Nam Dinh preserves traditional water puppetry

Rach village in Hong Quang commune, Nam Truc district is the place where water puppetry was established in the 10th century and has a traditional craft of making statues and puppets for water puppet shows. In the photo: Artisan Phan Van Manh in Hong Quang commune, Nam Truc district introduces the puppets. (Photo: VNA)

Nam Dinh preserves traditional water puppetry

Puppets are crafted by people in Rach village, Hong Quang commune, Nam Truc district. (Photo: VNA)

Nam Dinh preserves traditional water puppetry

Puppets are crafted by people in Rach village, Hong Quang commune, Nam Truc district for water puppet shows. (Photo: VNA)

Nam Dinh preserves traditional water puppetry

Puppets are also made for sale as traditional souvenirs. (Photo: VNA)

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Newly issued stamps to feature several national treasures

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A collection of four stamps showcasing a range of national treasures are set to be issued on July 31 by the Ministry of Information and Communications.

The release of the latest stamp collection will display items dating back to the Nguyen dynasty, with the main aim to raise awareness and responsibility among citizens of the need to preserve and promote aspects of national cultural values.

The items which will appear on the stamps are currently on display at the National Museum of History, Quang Ninh Museum, and Nghe An Museum.

The stamps have all been designed by local painter Nguyen Du of the Vietnam Post Corporation and are in a graphic style.

The collection is set to be used in post offices nationwide between July 31 and June 30, 2023.

Source: VOV

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Athletes Lan and Hoang flying the flag for the nation at Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

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Leading the Vietnamese contingent, athletes Quach Thi Lan and Nguyen Huy Hoang, proudly carried the national flag aloft during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23 night.

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The Vietnamese sports delegation marches at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday. 

For the first time in the history of the Games, each nation that took part was led by both a female and male athlete, as part of the International Olympic Committee’s efforts to push gender equality.

Swimmer Hoang and runner Lan were bestowed the honour by the Vietnam Olympic Committee.

Amid the pomp and circumstances of the opening ceremony, the pair was followed by the Vietnamese team.

The 43-strong contingent is made up of 18 athletes who will compete in 11 sports.

Weightlifting, shooting and taekwondo are the events considered Vietnam’s best possible chance of taking home a medal./.

Source: VNS

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Books: Le Quang’s ‘Germany from A – Z’ debuts in Hanoi

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German-language translator, Le Quang, has released his first book in Vietnamese about the 30 years he spent living and working in Germany.

Books: Le Quang's 'Germany from A - Z' debuts in Hanoi
Quang has translated over 40 famous German literary works into Vietnamese. Photo vietnamplus.vn

The book, titled Nước Đức Từ A Đến Z (Germany from A to Z), is 260-pages and includes 29 topics beginning with the 29 letters of the German alphabet.

In his career as a translator, Quang has translated over 40 famous German literary works into Vietnamese such as Der Vorleser (The Reader), Die Liebhaberinnen (Women as Lovers) or Die Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World). However, Nước Đức Từ A Đến Z is Quang’s first literary work of his own.

The introduction, written by literary critic Pham Xuan Nguyen, refers to the author as “a German named Quang”.

Nguyen says the book’s structure makes it a ‘convenient read’ and that it is easy to follow and allows the author to be “detailed, vivid and realistic”.

“The book is essential and useful for those who want to learn about and live in one of the world’s leading developed countries,” he goes on to say. “Furthermore, it is a cultural handbook.”

Books: Le Quang's 'Germany from A - Z' debuts in Hanoi
The cover of Nước Đức Từ A Đến Z (Germany from A to Z). Photo vietnamplus.vn

Similarly, writer Thuy Huong Duong thinks that Nước Đức Từ A Đến Z is a great read for those with little knowledge about Germany.

“Through the lens of translator Quang, stories from races, car production, and being smuggled into the football are described in detail with great wit. You will be inspired to pack your bags and leave for the country right away,” the writer says.

Another Vietnamese abroad, writer Chu Thu Phuong who lives in Austria, said the book was proof of the author’s deep understanding of the cultures of both Vietnam and Germany.

“For those who have never been to Germany, the book adds a new perspective on the culture of the country. For me, reading the book was interesting because I could see Quang on every page.”

The book is published by the Women’s Publishing House in Hanoi with sponsorship from Viet Duc CTC Company which has over 30 years of experience connecting German education and culture with Vietnamese people.

“Many Vietnamese people choose Germany as their destination for university or vocational training every year. However, their luggage still lacks an understanding about the country where they will spend a number of years of their youth,” says Nguyen Thi Phuong Hoa, PhD, director of Viet Duc CTC Company.

“The experiences and thoughts of author Quang, after 30 years living in Germany, will definitely lead you to take a few firm steps toward a country that seems both near and far. In the book, you will find that what you have read a lot in the news everyday turns out to be more complicated than you think and what seems arid is actually full of compassion,” she says.

Source: Vietnam News

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