Proud of the country’s new achievements

Sunday, 2018-02-18 08:51:19
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General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and delegates attend the 2018 ‘Homeland Spring’ programme (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Nhan Dan reporters Dinh Truong and Manh Thang recap the thoughts and emotions of Overseas Vietnamese, who returned home to join the 'Xuan Que Huong' 2018 (Homeland Spring 2018) programme.

Nguyen Duc Manh, Chairman of Liaison Committee for Vietnamese people in the Republic of Cyprus:

OVs willing to create bridges linking Vietnam and the world

It has been 14 years since I was last in Vietnam, I am very honoured and proud to be invited to the ‘Homeland Spring’ programme. I truly felt the atmosphere of Tet holiday after a long time living abroad. I previously lived in Hanoi for three years, but now I can’t recognise the new appearance of Hanoi streets. It's amazing.

There are currently around 8,000 Vietnamese people living in the Republic of Cyprus. We often hold cultural and arts programmes for the OVs community there.

4.5 million OVs living abroad provides a huge resource for the country as they contribute to building bridges bringing Vietnam to the world.

Le Xuan Dinh, Chairman of the Elderly in Berlin, Germany:

Helping younger generations be mindful of their Fatherland

Despite living far from the Fatherland, everything in Vietnam becomes very close and familiar to me whenever I return there.

In Germany, we continue to safeguard Vietnam’s traditional culture. Young generations in Berlin are taught to play traditional musical instruments and perform folk songs and dance.

We always organise activities to celebrate major holidays, such as Tet, Hung Kings’ death anniversaries, Dien Bien Phu Victory’s anniversaries, and Wounded Soldiers and Martyrs’ Day.

I dedicate a 30-square-metre at my house to display traditional products of Vietnam, such as non quai thao (flat palm hats with fringes), ao tu than (four-panel traditional robes), and musical instruments.

Hoang Dinh Nam, a retired teacher in Udon Thani province, Thailand:

Proud of the country’s strong development

We, retired teachers of Vietnamese language in Thailand, are honoured to celebrate a special Tet festival at the ‘Homeland Spring’ programme. It has increased the patriotism and sentiments towards the motherland among OVs worldwide.

When returning to Thailand, we will make a stronger effort to bring Vietnamese and Thai people closer, contributing to consolidating solidarity among ASEAN bloc.

On the occasion of lunar New Year, I hope that OVs around the world will always turn their hearts towards our motherland, and contribute to further the country’s development.

I started teaching Vietnamese in Thailand four decades ago. Udon Thani province, where I live, locates a memorial to President Ho Chi Minh, who laid the foundation for Vietnamese community and teaching of the Vietnamese language in Thailand.

Phan Bich Thien, member of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Chairwoman of Fund for Hungary-Vietnam Relations:

Believe in the country’s bright future

I can witness Vietnam’s thriving socio-economic development. More businesses have been established and the country’s economic growth has continued. People’s trust in the country’s future is growing. The national U23 squad’s successful achievement at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship has consolidated trust in the country’s younger generations.

There are around 5,000 Vietnamese people in Hungary, most of them being students. It is a united community which has staged many activities to promote Vietnam’s image. In 2017, we held an exhibition on the beauty of Vietnam’s seas and islands. The Vietnam Women Association in Hungary hosted a singing contest to celebrate ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary. We also made donations to support people affected by natural disasters in Vietnam.

The activities have helped increase the Vietnamese community’s position in Hungary, creating favourable conditions for OVs’ integration in the host country.

Nguyen Khac Thanh, an OV in Russia:

Glad to see the country’s growing development

Returning to Vietnam this year, I can feel a warm and happy atmosphere to welcome Tet. I have attended the ‘Homeland Spring’ programme for many times, but this year’s event left me with the most touching emotions as I had opportunity to meet and talk with Party and State leaders and witness the country’s growing development.

Vietnamese people in Russia have established a united community who always turn their hearts to the motherland. We have held regular charity activities in response to the call of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Community.

I am a member of Vietnamese Business Association in Russia. The association has supported Vietnamese businesses to advertise their products and make investments in Russia.