NDO - Since late autumn, many living in Hanoi have taken to social media to express their annoyance at the overwhelming scent of milkwood pine flowers, complaining that they are being suffocated by the so-called “scent pollution”.
(Dec 05, 2017)
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.