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UNESCO to commemorate Vietnamese poets’ birth, death anniversaries

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Vietnamese classical poets Ho Xuan Huong and Nguyen Dinh Chieu are among the World Cultural Celebrities whose birth and death anniversaries will be celebrated between 2022 and 2023.

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UNESCO approves the commemoration of the birth and death anniversaries of Vietnamese classical poets Ho Xuan Huong and Nguyen Dinh Chieu during its ongoing 41st General Conference in France’s Paris on November 23. (Photo: Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The decision was made during the ongoing 41st General Conference of UNESCO in France’s Paris on November 23.

Vietnam’s nominations for the commemoration of Ho Xuan Huong’s 250th birth and 200th death anniversaries and Nguyen Dinh Chieu’s 200th death anniversary were approved together with 58 other nominations.

Permanent Representative of Vietnam to UNESCO Le Thi Hong Van said the approval of the nominations show that Vietnamese cultural values have been highly regarded by the international community. It also reflects the UNESCO’s effort to promote freedom and equality for all, particularly in education, she noted.

Nguyen Dinh Chieu, also known as teacher Chieu, Trong Phu and Hoi Trai, (1822 – 1888) was born in Binh Duong district, Gia Dinh province (now District 1, Ho Chi Minh City).

The blind poet was not only known for his nationalist and anti-colonial writings against the French colonisation of Cochinchina and his exemplary teaching, but also a popular medical practitioner. He is a typical example for people with disabilities around the world. Despite the blindness, he studied Confucianism and Oriental medicine from relatives.

His typical work of Luc Van Tien (The Tale of Luc Van Tien) is an epic poem written in nom (the old Chinese-based Vietnamese script) in the 1850s. It is regarded as one of the two most recognisable and influential epic poems in Vietnamese history, besides Truyen Kieu (The Tale of Kieu) by great poet Nguyen Du.

His poems tell about the people’s worries in the wartime, their war injuries and losses.

Ho Xuan Huong (1772-1822), whose name means “Spring Essence”, is also one of the most important poets in Vietnam’s history.

Born and living in the time of feudalism, which disregarded the role of women, she became renowned for her poetic skills, especially for her subtly risqué poems which used double-entendres and sexual innuendos to comment several social, religious and political issues.

A concubine, she had the courage to mention topics which were taboo for women at that time.

Previously, the UNESCO commemorated birth anniversaries of five Vietnamese celebrities, namely President Ho Chi Minh, educator Chu Van An, and poets Nguyen Du and Nguyen Trai./.

Source: VNA

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Việt Nam struggle to win over minnows Laos in AFF Cup opener

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Vietnamese players celebrate the first goal by Nguyễn Công Phượng in the victory over Laos. Photo 24h.com.vn

Anh Đức & Peter Cowan

HÀ NỘI  — Việt Nam began their defence of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup with a stuttering 2-0 win against Laos in Singapore on Monday night.

The tournament, delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is a chance for coach Park Hang-seo’s men to return to winning ways after a difficult World Cup campaign, but if they are to go all the way and win it again, they will have to improve on the performance in Bishan Stadium.

Minnows Laos struggled to lay a glove on Việt Nam but battled for the entire 90 minutes and can be proud of a commendable performance.

Việt Nam started without key players Nguyễn Quang Hải and Quế Ngọc Hải, an indication perhaps of how Park anticipated the game unfolding.

Laos gave a first cap to naturalised striker Billy Ketkeophomphone, but the French Ligue 2 player was isolated up front and struggled to make an impact in the early exchanges.

Việt Nam dominated the ball in the first half but were made to wait until the 27th minute for the opening goal.

Midfielder Nguyễn Hoàng Đức played in Nguyễn Phong Hồng Duy with a delightful ball down the left, allowing the fullback to square the ball across the box. Nguyễn Công Phượng was on hand to sweep the ball home.

Despite having the lion’s share of the ball, Việt Nam were unable to create a second clear-cut opening in the opening period.

In the second half, it was more of the same with Việt Nam camped in the Laos half.

The Vietnamese made the game safe nine minutes into the second half, as Phan Văn Đức headed from an accurate cross from Hồ Tấn Tài.

While the two-goal lead ensure Việt Nam would be leaving with all three points, they struggled to create decent chances to put a gloss on the game.

Indeed Laos almost pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute through Ketkeophomphone when the striker went through on goal, but goalkeeper Trần Nguyên Mạnh was equal to the effort.

Việt Nam immediately broke on the counter and won a penalty when Vũ Văn Thanh’s shot his Chitpasong Latthachack’s hand.

Thanh stepped up to take the spot kick, but his tame effort was easily saved by goalkeeper Keo-Oudone Souvannasangso. 

The match petered out from there, with the Lao players dead on their feet and Việt Nam unable to make another breakthrough.

Park’s men will next face Malaysia on Sunday and if they are to come away with a second win, a better performance will be needed.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1094367/viet-nam-struggle-to-win-over-minnows-laos-in-aff-cup-opener.html

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Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant

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Nguyen Huynh Kim Duyen, the runner-up at the Miss Universe Vietnam 2019, is now in the resort city of Eliat (Israel) for the Miss Universe 2021 pageant.

During her first days in Israel, Kim Duyen visited tourist and cultural sites in Israel and participated in events held by the organizing boards.

The pageant has attracted representatives from 77 countries and territories. The final night is scheduled on December 12.

Originally hailing from the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho, Kim Duyen won the first runner-up title during Miss Universe Vietnam 2019.

Duyen stands at 1.73 meters tall and measures 83-62-89. She is widely viewed as an outstanding person who regularly participates in charitable campaigns throughout Vietnam, including health care for people with HIV/AIDS, support for LGBTQ+ rights, and assistance to poor children attending school.

The 2020 global competition was postponed to May this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nguyen Tran Khanh Van, who was crowned Miss Universe Vietnam 2019, presented Vietnam at the event in Florida in the US, and was named among the Top 21 for receiving the highest number of votes from fans. The Miss Universe Vietnam contest began in 2008 and is organized every two years.

The audience can vote for Kim Duyen on the official website and the Miss Universe site.

Below are the first pictures of Kim Duyen in Israel:

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Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant
Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant
Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant
Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant
Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/vietnam-s-kim-duyen-stands-out-at-miss-universe-2021-pageant-798833.html

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AFF Cup live blog: Việt Nam-Laos

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Việt Nam begin their AFF Cup defence with a cross-border derby against Laos. The match in Singapore kicks off at 7.30pm and you can follow along here so you don’t miss a kick!

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Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1094206/aff-cup-live-blog-viet-nam-laos.html

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