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Stone grinder collection tells part of Vietnamese culture

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Hundreds of old stone mortars, millstones and grinders, of different sizes and shapes, are on display at a private museum in the mountainous district of Yen The in the northern province of Bac Giang.

Stone grinder collection tells part of Vietnamese culture
Hundreds of old stone mortars, millstones and grinders, and other farming tools seen at the private museum by Nguyen Dac Nong, a retired journalist. — VNA/VNS Photos Danh Lam

The collection has been accumulated over the past three decades by Nguyen Dac Nong, a retired journalist, who said that the objects were very common in the daily lives of Vietnamese people in the past.

“Our country’s history of development engaged in wet rice cultivation. People in the past used stone mortars and millstones to process their food from rice grain. Depended on their specific purposes, they used these stone objects to pound the rice grain to remove the husk, and grind rice into dried or wet flour. So, it can be said these items are part of our traditional culture – the Red River civilisation,” Nong said.

However, the weighty items were replaced gradually by other products made of lighter materials, or even electric appliances.

“Many people didn’t hesitate to throw away the items which became useless in their house. But in my mind, they are valuable items in terms of culture and history. I’m hurt when I see people treat the items as waste and just want to get rid of them,” said the 76-year-old man, who is former deputy director of Bac Giang Radio and Television.

Despite rain or shine, whenever he hears that there are people selling stone grinders in the region, the man has not hesitated to drive his old motorbike to purchase the items.

He was able to devote all his time to his hobby since he retired in 2007.

“I was very busy working at the provincial Radio and Television so I didn’t have enough time to hunt down the items. My collection grew since my retirement, because I can spend all my time seeking them out,” he said.

His collection features a large number of the stone mortars and millstones from different northern provinces such as Bac Giang, Hai Duong, Ha Nam and Nam Dinh. The ones made in the midland province of Thai Nguyen or mountainous province of Lang Son can also be found in his museum, which was set up in a northern-styled three-component house next to his own home.

Born and raised in a farming family in the district, Nong was taught traditional farming work.

“I followed my parents to work on our rice field when I was only five years old. And I became a buffalo boy when I was six years old. That’s why I have a special interest in farming tools and anything related to the simple life of ordinary peasants,” he said.

Stone grinder collection tells part of Vietnamese culture
Nguyen Dac Nong (4th left) seen together with a group of visitors at his private museum in Yen The District in Bac Giang Province.

Alongside the stone mortars and millstones, his museum is also home to hundreds of farming tools of farmers in the Red River Delta. Especially, his collection includes several farming tools of ethnic groups Thai, Tay, Nung and Cao Lan that he has collected during his “hunting trips” to northern mountainous provinces.

In addition, several items of war memorabilia can be found in the museum, including soldiers’ personal belongings, and an enamel cup that President Ho Chi Minh gave to each of the soldiers and officers in the Dien Bien Phu battlefield on the Lunar New Year in 1954 to praise their determination in the fight against the French.

Also on display is a bicycle used by commissariats to transport rice to the Dien Bien Phu battlefield.

Pieces of tree trunks embedded in the Bach Dang River to deter the invaders as the tide in the estuary receded during the historical battle between southern Han troops from China and ingenious Vietnamese troops led by legendary General Ngo Quyen in 938 can also be found in Nong’s museum.

Stone grinder collection tells part of Vietnamese culture
Although Nong has collected the items for decades, but his hobby hasn’t been supported by many other people, including his family members.

Although Nong has collected the items for decades, his hobby hasn’t been supported by many other people, including his family members.

“People think that I am a weirdo, while my family members said that I waste my money on useless items. But I don’t care what they think about me. I just care about how to preserve cultural and historical values. To collect and keep them in my small museum, it’s my way of preservation,” he said.

Before the closure at the end of April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his museum has been visited by groups of school students in the province. He hopes that the gallery, which re-opened last week, is a worthy place to visit not only for school students, but also all kinds of visitors who want to learn a bit about the Vietnamese culture and history.

Source: Vietnam News

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My Dinh Stadium allowed to welcome 30 pct of viewers for Vietnam’s matches in World Cup qualifiers

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My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi will be open at 30 percent of its capacity when Vietnam host Japan and Saudi Arabia in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

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Football fans in Vietnam. (Photo: VNA)

My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi will be open at 30 percent of its capacity when Vietnam host Japan and Saudi Arabia in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

The People’s Committee of Hanoi has approved a plan on the organisation of the matches, announced the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) on October 21.

The two games will take place on November 11 and five days later, respectively. 

To be eligible for entering the stadium, spectators must be fully vaccinated with the second shot being injected at least 14 days or recover from COVID-19 within six months; test negative for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 within 72 hours before kick-off; and follow the Ministry of Health’s 5K message. 

Vietnam have yet to collect any points after four matches and are at the bottom of Group B of the final qualifying round, which they played for the first time ever.
 
Vietnam are of the same group with Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China and Oman./.

Source: VNA

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Pianist Dang Thai Son’s student comes first at int’l Chopin piano competition

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Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Li, student of renowned Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son, has won the first prize at the 18th Chopin piano competition in Warsaw, Poland, which is considered the world’s most prestigious music awards.

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Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Li (Photo courtesy of Chopin Institute).

Canadian pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Li, student of renowned Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son, has won the first prize at the 18th Chopin piano competition in Warsaw, Poland, which is considered the world’s most prestigious music awards.

Another student of Son, JJ Bui, won the 6th prize.

Son, who himself was the first Asian to win first prize and the gold medal at the same competition in 1980, expressed his pride on his students’ achievements on Facebook. The Vietnamese pianist is now teaching at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the US.

Held every five years since 1927, the Chopin competition would normally have been held last year, but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s competition, held from October 2-23, drew 87 pianists from 18 nations across the globe, including 22 from China, 16 from Poland and 14 from Japan.

Broadcast live on YouTube and via a bespoke mobile app, the contest attracted record online interest. Some 70,000 people watched the result streamed online./.

Source: VNA

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Hanoi stadium allows 12,000 spectators at World Cup qualifiers next month

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The Hanoi People’s Committee has announced that it will allow spectators to enjoy Vietnam’s matches against Japan and Saudi Arabia at My Dinh National Stadium in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers in November.

Chu Xuan Dung, deputy chairman of the committee, signed and sent the approval to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism on Thursday afternoon.

Dung allowed related units to sell tickets at 30 percent of My Dinh’s 40,000 seating capacity so that a maximum of 12,000 fans can lively support Vietnam in each of their games against Japan on November 11 and Saudi Arabia on November 16.

Spectators must have received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine for at least 14 days or have recovered from COVID-19 no more than six months prior, have a negative test result issued no more than 72 hours before the game, and strictly comply with social distancing recommendations at the stadium.

The deputy chairman requested the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) ensure security and safety for the participating teams and officials attending the matches.

In addition, the VFF must designate a hospital in advance to handle possible cases of injury, illness, or COVID-19 infection.

The sports ministry and the VFF had sought permission for the two qualifying games to take place with spectators’ attendance as Hanoi had escaped the brunt of a fierce wave of coronavirus infections which have rocked Vietnam since late April, with the capital city recording just 4,374 of the country’s 872,811 community transmissions.

The city’s new cases have been on the decline and the majority of its adult population have been at least partially vaccinated.

After a leader of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports said from the capital administration’s point of view, those two matches would take place behind closed doors, the VFF reported the issue to the prime minister via the sports ministry, leading to the U-turn.

Three places down

While enjoying Hanoi authorities’ approval for spectators to attend the World Cup qualifying matches, certain Vietnamese football fans were likely dismayed to hear that the Golden Stars slipped from 95th to 98th in the October update of the FIFA rankings on Thursday afternoon.

The demotion also saw Vietnam slide from 15th to 17th in the Asia rankings.

This is the first time in two years, from October 2019 to September 2021, that the Vietnamese have not placed in the top 15 of the continental football table.

This was foreseen as Vietnam lost all their first four games in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers, most recently 1-3 to Oman, and are at the bottom of Group B with zero points.

If Vietnam are defeated by Japan and Saudi Arabia next month, they will definitely be knocked out of the top 100 in the FIFA rankings. 

The final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers is contested by two groups of six teams.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for next year’s tournament while the third-place teams will play for a spot via an inter-continental play-off.

This is the first time Vietnam have made it this far in the World Cup qualifiers.

The squad will resume training on October 25 as per their schedule.

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