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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


      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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    Vietnam moves towards religious freedom

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


    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

    Phillip Stonehouse

    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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    An inspiring insight into traditional medicine

    by  • 28/11/2012 • Daisy Sowter, images, news today, reporters, stories, text • 1 Comment


    At Ninh Binh’s largest traditional medicine hospital, doctors use a combination of ancient and contemporary practices, from laser treatments to steam baths, acupuncture to herbal drinks passed down over thousands of years. Though advancements in scientific research and medicine are rapidly sweeping the nation, many Vietnamese prefer to be treated traditionally, and many doctors...

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    Burying the dead in Vietnam

    by  • 26/11/2012 • Daisy Sowter, front page, news today, reporters, stories, text • 0 Comments


    An ancient Vietnamese proverb states, “The sense of the dead is that of the final”, referring to the dignified and solemn manner in which family members are buried, or sent into the next life. Though many Vietnamese identify as Buddhist, the common spiritual practice of cremation is uncommon throughout the country. Instead, the Vietnamese...

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