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18,000 Vietnamese marry foreigners each year

Vietnamese married foreigners

On average 18,000 Vietnamese marry foreigners each year, with 78% of them coming from Ho Chi Minh City and poor areas of the Mekong Delta region. This information was released at a seminar jointly held by the Ministry of Public Security and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Mekong Delta city of My Tho on July 30, discussing issues related to human trafficking and illegal...

Business

Fraudulent Vietnamese travel firm promises to pay back tourists

Anh Kiet Co. customers wait outside the company's office to complain after their tours were canceled in Ho Chi Minh City, July 29, 2014.

The director of a tour operator based in Ho Chi Minh City that had reportedly run away with bookings from more than 100 tourists asserted Thursday that the company will come back and refund its customers in full. Vo Anh Kiet, director of the Anh Kiet Co. headquartered in District 4, yesterday contacted Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper at the daily’s office to explain what really happened at his company...

Entertainment

The return of T-ara and 2NE1 to Saigon

2NE1

The two famous Korean girl band 2NE1 and T-ara have confirmed their return to Vietnam in August to attend two different events. Their Vietnamese fans are more than lighthearted. T-ara has announced on their official Facebook that the six girls will hold a fan meeting on August 2. Although this is their third time coming to Vietnam, it is the first time in Saigon for T-ara. The meeting will also...

Life&Style

Food styling gains in popularity in Vietnam

Food styling

In the past five years, food styling has become popular among the youth of Vietnam’s major cities; with their skills, they turn average dishes into mouthwatering, eye-catching delicacies. At a 2.5 hour session at his studio, Bui Ly Tien Nguyen, 24, a food stylist in Ho Chi Minh City, took some 300 photos of a single slice of beefsteak on a white background. The crew also spent one hour taking...

Sports

That wins An Giang Cycling Cup

Nguyen Thi That

Nguyen Thi That displayed her power with a fifth stage win at the An Giang Television Cycling Cup on Saturday, followed by her winning the tournament title. The national team member of the Gao Hat Ngoc Troi squad experienced no difficulties during the 75km stretch from Rach Gia City (Kien Giang Province) to Long Xuyen City (An Giang Province). She finished with a time of 1hr 59.04min, reaching an...

Travel

Fraudulent Vietnamese travel firm promises to pay back tourists

Anh Kiet Co. customers wait outside the company's office to complain after their tours were canceled in Ho Chi Minh City, July 29, 2014.

The director of a tour operator based in Ho Chi Minh City that had reportedly run away with bookings from more than 100 tourists asserted Thursday that the company will come back and refund its customers in full. Vo Anh Kiet, director of the Anh Kiet Co. headquartered in District 4, yesterday contacted Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper at the daily’s office to explain what really happened at his company...

Opinion

Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa, as reported in early 20th century newspapers

The Advertiser newspaper dated June 29, 1909 reported that China sent warships to the Paracel Islands.

From the early 20th century, when China began eyeing the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Archipelagos (Paracel and Spratly Islands), the Vietnamese government as well as local and international media were interested in Hoang Sa – Truong Sa. The Advertiser newspaper dated June 29, 1909 reported that China sent warships to the Paracel Islands. When the Qing Dynasty began paid attention to Hoang Sa in...

World

China ship spies on U.S.-led naval drills

China ship spies on U.S.-led naval drills

China sent a surveillance vessel to waters off Hawaii even as the country participated for the first time in the world’s largest international naval exercise led by the U.S. The auxiliary general intelligence ship is outside U.S. territorial seas, yet within the 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone, Capt. Darryn James, chief spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in an e-mailed statement...