• Feeling the pressure

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    Chemistry students at the Hanoi National University of Education rejoice after completing their final year of studies

    The entrance exam into university is one of the most climactic and stressful events in the life of a Vietnamese student; how Vietnamese students perform academically is often a reflection on their entire family and failure to gain entry into a tertiary institution is sometimes greatly frowned upon. Audio: Harry Clarke RP – Motivated...

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    Achieving the Vietnamese balance

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    As I peruse the pictures in my camera I am somewhat embarrassed to find there are rather too many images of food. Hanoi has delivered some incredibly vibrant and diverse dishes that have left me with some serious cravings and a desire to know just how to prepare such culinary masterpieces. On our final...

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    Vietnamese pop music is on the rise

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    Upon hearing the words ‘progressive, modern music from Asia’, Vietnam is not the first nation that springs to mind. Rich in cultural history, the music of this nation has its foundations in folk and musical theatre. Alongside these genres, however, is a thriving contemporary scene that encompasses both rock and pop respectively. Vu Anh...

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    Being a student at Hanoi University

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    My visit to Hanoi University has greatly emphasised the cultural and lifestyle differences between Australia and Vietnam. Walking through the campus, I was comparing every sight to those I am used to seeing at The University of Queensland. At VNU, the buildings, activities, social lives, parking systems, and colleges particularly highlighted differences between the...

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    Four decades on, Agent Orange still haunts Vietnam

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    Radio Interview

    ‘Agent Orange: History, Science and the Politics of Uncertainty’ by Dr. Edwin Martini examines the far-reaching impacts of Agent Orange, reconstructing the history of its use and the ongoing controversy over its effects. Lauren Williamson speaks to the author about his research, gaining insight about the current situation in Vietnam. EdwinMartini Click here to...

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    Foodie Feature: Hanoi

    by  • 23/11/2012 • 5 Comments

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    One of Hanoi’s most endearing features is that everything and I literally mean everything occurs on its streets. Whole families and friends gather on tiny coloured stools around what is referred to as ‘street kitchens’. They may look a little disconcerting in appearance and the way they prepare their food – not too inviting...

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    Jobs to open for Hanoi’s disabled

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    Construction continues for a second clothing factory in Hoai Duc district, west of Hanoi, intended to provide work for people with disabilities.

    The expansion of Mr. Hong Ha’s clothing factory on the western outskirts of Hanoi will bring more employment opportunities to the city’s disabled community. A lifetime sufferer of hereditary Agent Orange side effects, Ha said he opened the business in 2005 in order to help people with disabilities like himself. “I know the difficulties...

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    Finding a common thread

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    Nestled in bustling Hanoi’s Old Quater lies a humble little shop called Hien Silk. Inside a family of seamstresses produce exquisite garments lightening fast. Their passion and skill hangs in the wardrobes of toursits worldwide.

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    From chalk to oil: tribute to an artist

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    Educator, lawyer, diplomat and artist. Nguyen Binh is a man of many talents. Everything in his opulent home on busy Hoang Quoc Street tells a story.   Harvard diplomas hanging over a luxurious hardwood desk speak of a wise, accomplished man of the world. The spacious living area with comfortable antique furniture tells of...

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