NDO – The southern region, at over 300 years of age, is still a relatively young land, but is home to an imposing cultural treasure with precious indigenous values, including its celebrations for the Lunar New Year (Tet). (Feb 17, 2018)
I am an Israeli diplomat at the beginning of my career, and in the three months I’ve spent here I was deeply impressed by the growing friendship between Israel and Vietnam, as well as excited by the great potential still ahead.
I was trying to recall the past experiences that I have gone through during my four years of living and working full-time in Vietnam and use them to draw a picture of Vietnamese culture, which I expect will be a great work of art with my wonderful memories of this country.
NDO - How a city marks the New Year says a lot about the character of the city and spending the New Year in Hanoi certainly has a particular feeling and charm. I have had the chance to experience New Year’s Eve in Vancouver, Toronto, Paris, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Amsterdam, Chiang Mai, Saigon and now Hanoi.
In August 2014, I was dispatched to Vietnam to head the Korea Foundation Hanoi Office, an agency responsible for promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Vietnam and the Republic of Korea. Since beginning my work here, I have realized that examples of Vietnam’s implicit soft power can be found almost everywhere in the country.
It is “Phở", not “Phô" or “Phơ"? That was me correcting my new friends’ pronunciation in Hanoi Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant located just five minutes’ walk from Danube river in Budapest. But when they started to ask me if this renowned dish was what the restaurant’s name meant, they became really confused by the two possible meanings of “Pho” as Phở and Phố.
NDO- Chris Dunn, an Australian, has lived and worked in Vietnam for several years. Ahead of the 70th anniversary of Vietnamese Independence Day he shares his observations and thoughts on the preparations and significance of the national holiday.