On the Henley Passport Index updated this month by the U.K.-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, the Vietnamese passport has jumped five places to 90th among 107 positions against the previous ranking released last July. In Southeast Asia, a Vietnamese passport is only more powerful than Laos (92nd) and Myanmar (95th), which have visa free access to 49 and 46 destinations respectively. The index ranks passports of 200 countries and territories in the world based on data from the International Air Transport Association, which maintains the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of travel information. The region’s biggest economy, Indonesia, has risen two places to 73rd in this updated ranking with 70 visa-free destinations while Malaysia jumped one place to 12th with visa free access to 177 countries and territories. Thailand has seen a jump in its global ranking to 66th, up four places. Thais can now travel to 77 countries and … [Read more...] about Vietnamese passport does better in global power ranking
By Tam Ky  October 4, 2019 | 01:06 pm GMT+7 A still from "Predestined: Lover From A Past Life". A Vietnamese feature film about a love that stays alive through centuries will be released in American cinemas this December. "Nhan Duyen: Nguoi Yeu Tien Kiep", unofficially translated as "Predestined: Lover From A Past Life" is directed by Luk Van. It tells the story of a man who decided to become a spirit to follow and protect his lover for centuries, until present days. The movie will be screened in cinemas in Westminster, Garden Grove, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to Quynh Chi, producer of the movie, her team has worked with several partners in California and signed a co-operation agreement with a distributor to take the film to international audiences. The film premiered in Vietnam on October 3. It is a recent trend that many Vietnamese filmmakers are seeking international audiences, particularly the diaspora, for their works. In March 2019, … [Read more...] about Vietnamese film with romantic spirit to premiere in the U.S.
Alma became the second adopted child of Mr. and Mrs. Mansson, and on one winter day in 1997 she was taken to Falkenberg, a town on the west coast of Sweden. Alma Mansson, birth name Nguyen Thi Thuy. Photo courtesy of Alma. Despite being deeply loved by the Mansson family and enjoying living conditions everyone arguably aspires to, Alma also realized she looked different from those around her with her darker skin and black hair. Her adoptive parents understood her feelings and never shied away from talking about her origins. They showed her adoption papers and other documents and encouraged her to return to Vietnam to find her roots. "Deep down in my heart, I have always wanted to find my biological parents no matter how the truth turns out," the 22-year-old told VnExpress. In October last year she had the opportunity to return to Vietnam for the first time on a two-week cultural exchange program at her university, and took advantage of that short trip to look for … [Read more...] about Swedish girl yearns to find her Vietnamese mother
Nguyen Thi Xuan Quynh, as she is known officially, is the first Vietnamese woman to be featured on Google home page that commemorates holidays, events, achievements and people. The painting on the doodle, which recreates a portrait photograph of Xuan Quynh in an ao dai, was illustrated by two Saigon-based artists Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien, who work together under the pen name KAA. Quynh was born October 6, 1942 in a village now in Hanoi’s Ha Dong District. She was raised by her grandmother and had a talent for dancing. Recruited by the Central Art Troupe in her early teens, she was trained as a dancer and performed in many countries. In the 1960s, she began pursuing her talent for writing, taking training courses at the Vietnam Writers' Association. She later worked with the weekly arts newspaper Van Nghe (arts and literature), the official newspaper of the Hanoi Women’s Union Phu Nu Viet Nam (Vietnamese women), and the publishing … [Read more...] about Xuan Quynh first Vietnamese woman on Google Doodle
By Phan Anh  October 8, 2019 | 05:02 pm GMT+7 A 226-kilogram Mark 82 bomb is collected by personnel of the Quang Binh military command, October 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Quang Binh newspaper. Two bombs of 339 kilograms were recently found and disposed of in northern Quang Ninh Province and central Quang Binh Province. A 113-kilogram bomb was found on Monday next to a construction site in Quang Ninh's Ha Long town, home to the famous Ha Long Bay, local media reported. The U.S.-made bomb, which is 1.5-meters long with a 40-centimeter radius, was disposed of the same day. Another 226-kilogram bomb was found by the Quang Binh military command in Bo Trach District last Saturday. The bomb, a Mark 82, was then disposed of by the military command's engineering division. Unexploded ordnance still threatens a fifth of Vietnam's land mass and explosions are not uncommon. According to the United Nations, 104,000 Vietnamese people … [Read more...] about Vietnamese military finds two unexploded bombs