Its Secrets Revealed, Water Puppetry Retains Its Charm

By Huu Ngoc

Viet Nam’s water puppetry has captivated audiences around the world, but it may lose some of its charm and relevance when performed in Paris, New York, Stockholm, Tokyo and other major metropolises that lack the natural surroundings.

In Age of Globalization, Culture More Important Than Ever

By Dieu Ngoc

Vietnam Festival Open in Washington D.C.

Vietnam Festival

Vietnamese Traditional Artists to Showcase Their Work in America

HA NOI — Nguyen Van Thuan was surprised to hear he had been selected for a trip to the US to introduce the traditional art of to he to Americans.

"Firstly I didn’t believe it was true. I never thought my to he could get me as far as the U.S.," said 59-year-old Thuan.

Thuan will make small dolls out of rice dough at a culture fair titled Vietnam Festival in the US this weekend. The fair is being held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relation between the two countries.

US Religious Official Visits Central Highland Province

President of the US's Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) Chris Seiple on Tuesday visited the Central Highland province of Gia Lai on June 28 to inquire into the religious atmosphere there.

Seiple later said the visit brought him “fresh information” on the religious situation in the Central Highlands in general that the international community and international organizations have yet to obtain.

He also said that his trip to Gia Lai will help improve the relationship between Vietnam and other countries, particularly between Vietnam and the US.

Insurance Market Opens Up to Foreign Competitors

HCM CITY — Last week’s licensing of two American insurance companies is a strong sign of the Vietnamese Government’s intention to open up its fledgling insurance market, according to an official from the finance ministry.

With the addition of the two companies, New York Life and ACE, the total number of American life insurance outlets doing business in Viet Nam now stands at three.

Foreign Companies Get the Nod to Set Up Subsidiaries

HA NOI — Foreign-invested enterprises, already allowed to convert to joint stock companies, will shortly be able to reorganize under the parent-subsidiary model, under a plan approved in principle by the Prime Minister.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) will begin working this week with relevant offices on regulations that would govern a foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) organization as a parent company.

Festival Honors Hue Traditions

HCM CITY — Hue will host its first-ever traditional arts festival in mid-July, celebrating time-honored Vietnamese crafts such as embroidery and conical hat making, a city representative has announced.

Nguyen Duy Hien, head of Hue’s Information and Culture Office, said the festival would showcase the skills of local artisans who have been honing their crafts for decades, aiming to boost their status and creative role and generate local interest in traditional crafts.

Party Prepares for Next Congress

Chairman of the Viet Nam Communist Party’s Central Commission for Organization and Personnel, Tran Dinh Hoan, discussed preparations for next year’s 10th National Congress with the Vietnam News Agency.

What is the basis for the preparations?

Politburo Instruction 46-CT/TW clearly sets out the preparations to be undertaken for the congress. Each committee’s political report must:

Vietnam Allows Travelers to Carry More Money Across Border

Travelers are now allowed to carry 2.5 to three times more foreign and local currencies when entering or leaving Vietnam, the country’s central bank has announced.

Travelers only have to declare cash when they carry more than US$7,000, or other foreign currencies of the same value, and VND15 million (around US$950) when entering or leaving the country, the State Bank of Vietnam said.