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    Digging into Cat Ba Island’s rich history

    by  • 17/12/2012 • front page, Lauren Williamson, news today, reporters, stories, text, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

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      Cat Ba Island on the edge of Halong Bay is renowned not only for its beautiful beaches, but also for its historical significance. Its rich history is noticeable throughout Cat Ba especially among the Islands inhabitants. Recent archeological evidence suggests that people have lived on Cat Ba Island for almost 6000 years. Cat...

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    Raising environmental awareness in Halong Bay

    by  • 16/12/2012 • front page, Lauren Williamson, radio, reporters, stories, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

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    The number of visitors to Halong Bay is increasing every year and so too is the challenge of neutralising their impact on this beautiful environment. Lauren Williamson speaks with Guilhem Cavaillé, communications and responsible travel manager of tour company Handspan Travel Indochina, about the organisation’s work to raise environmental awareness in the area and help...

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    Vietnam moves towards religious freedom

    by  • 13/12/2012 • front page, Hannah Konecny, images, stories, text • 0 Comments

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    From Confucianism to Catholicism, Vietnam is home to a complex patchwork of religions and beliefs. Since the days of mythical dragon-kings and ancient spirits, religion has and continues to spread a large blanket of influence over the day-to-day operations of Vietnamese society. Today, religion remains an integral part of Vietnamese life, dictating the social...

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    Australia and Vietnam to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations.

    by  • 11/12/2012 • front page, Lucy-Ellen Steadman, stories, text • 0 Comments

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    Australia and Vietnam will celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations in 2013. The two countries established friendly ties in February  1973 and have been forging a closer relationship ever since. In 2009, the then-general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nong Duc Manh, visited Australia to launch a Comprehensive Partnership between the two...

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    Visiting the inspirational Vietnam Friendship Village

    by  • 08/12/2012 • Evie Madden, front page, images, Lauren Williamson, reporters, stories • 0 Comments

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    Evie Madden and Lauren Williamson were fortunate enough to visit the Vietnam Friendship Village while in Hanoi to explore the work of the organisation in caring for children and elders affected by Agent Orange. We didn’t know what to expect of the Village and were tentative about filming and photographing the children, but the...

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    Cat Ba in a day: Exploring Halong Bay’s hidden gem

    by  • 08/12/2012 • Emma MacKenzie, front page, Nicole Rowles, stories, tv highlights, video • 0 Comments

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    Cat Ba in a day: Exploring Halong Bay’s hidden gem from UQ Journalism & Communication on Vimeo. Emma Mackenzie and Nicole Rowles explore Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay's local tourist hub. Just 45 minutes from Halong City, the Bay's largest island can be reached independently, as well as through guided tours.

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    Vietnam refugees recount harrowing journeys to Australia

    by  • 07/12/2012 • front page, Lucy-Ellen Steadman, radio, stories • 0 Comments

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    With the Asian century looming, Lucy-Ellen Steadman explores Australian attitudes to migrants and stories of Vietnamese refugees Anh and Dr Kien Cao-Xuan. Anh made the one-minute decision to flee Vietnam to America as the war was ending, and Kien escaped with his family by boat some years later to eventually arrive in Australia.  ...

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