Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh said it has been nearly 20 years since Washington and Hanoi normalized relations, and so it’s “abnormal” to retain the ban.
“If we do not buy weapons from the United States, we (would) still buy from other countries,” Minh said at the Asia Society. “Why should China bother about that?”
The Associated Press reported last week that Vietnam is interested in purchasing arms from the U.S., and the government is of the opinion that China will not be bothered by the possibility.
Read more at the Mojave Daily News website.
New York (Sept 25th, 2014)
IVCE is pleased to announce a screening series of "Facing to the ocean: selected documentaries from Vietnam" at colleges in U.S during October 2014.
The following screenings will have directors from IVCE as guest speakers.
7pm - 9pm, Friday October 3rd, 2014.
Barus & Holley 190. School of Engineering. 184 Hope Street.
Contact: Tung Nguyen, firstname.lastname@example.org
7pm – 9pm, Saturday October 4th, 2014
6-120 (Building 6, Room 120). 77 Massachusetts Ave.
Admission: $5.00, FREE for MIT student with ID.
Contact: Tru Dang, email@example.com
7pm - 9pm, Tuesday October 7th, 2014.
Mount Holyoke College
Contact: Van Nguyen, firstname.lastname@example.org
7pm - 9pm, Thursday October 9th, 2014.
WLH Room 116 (William Harkness Hall). 100 Wall Street
Contact: Kevin Nguyen, email@example.com
7pm - 9pm, Saturday October 11th, 2014.
Room 200. Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th St, New York City.
New York University
Admission: $10 for students, $15 for general public.
Contact: IVCE, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday October 15th, 2014.
Please see the update - http://www.ivce.org/event.php?menueventid=ME00000015
7pm - 9pm, Thursday October 16th, 2014.
Room A4, David Rittenhouse Laboratory. 209 South 33rd Street.
University of Pennsylvania
Contact: Trinh Thach, email@example.com
7pm - 9pm, Friday October 17th, 2014.
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation and Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., #123
Contact: IVCE, firstname.lastname@example.org
7pm – 9pm, Saturday October 18th, 2014
Amphitheater, Marvin Center. 800 21st St NW, Washington
George Washington University
Admission: $5.00, FREE for GWU student with ID.
Contact: Laura Lai, email@example.com
The following screenings will not have guest speakers from IVCE, but the organizers will invite their own guest speakers.
1. Little stories in the big sea is a series of encounters of people who are on the way to visit their loved ones living and defending the Spratly islands (Truong Sa) of Vietnam. On a ship, people get acquainted and tell each other stories about their husbands, their sons and their fathers on Spratly Island (Truong Sa Lon), Central London Reef (East Truong Sa), Pearson Reef (Phan Vinh). There are stories of two veterans of the U.S. war era who live in Thanh Hóa Province. This is their first time visiting the graves of their sons - one killed 3 years ago, and one, 7 years ago when they were in their 20's. Each story is his or her own, like colors in a warm ocean mosaic.
30 minutes, English subtitled.
Director: Phan Huyen Thu.
2. Vietnamese sea trade in the 17-18th Centuries - Vietnam has over 2,240 miles of sea shores and over 3,000 islands. It is located in the hub of major sea trade routes of the world, the ocean and the islands have not only been the Vietnamese living space, but they are the cross roads of economic and cultural exchanges between countries in the region and in the world. The Vietnamese have mastered the sea and islands and have joined in the sea trade networks of the world - which become the trade- marks of “the silk route”, “the ceramic route”, “the spice route” on the Eastern Sea and the west side of the Pacific Ocean.
The presentation leads the journey out into the sea by the Vietnamese from the First Century AD and their path to the world sea trade, esp. in the Age of the Great Commerce in the 17th and 18th Centuries when the most famous Vietnamese trade ports like Phố Hiến, Cửa Lò, Cửa Việt, Thanh Hà - Bao Vinh, Hội An, Nước Mặn,... stretching from north to south central Vietnam, were extremely busy with the traffic of trade ships from China, Japan, Ryukyu, Thailand, Holland, Portugal, and Spain, to name a few. They came to trade, while the Vietnamese ships also left out for other Asian countries' trade ports. The presentation indicates a few vestiges of Vietnamese maritime culture over the past few centuries.
Presenter: Dr. Tran Duc Anh Son.
3. Into the Ocean is a mélange of memories: the past, the present, and the future of two brothers - two imaginary actors in a journey finding each other, and through which discovering the homeland and selves. It is a story not for retelling, but it is unhinged in mess of fragments mixing disorderly of reality and dreams. In this journey, the fragments raise a universal question about the meaning of parting and reuniting, the two states of being human - and of course, it is within the realm of the arts.
Into the Ocean is a letter of pictures in motion which can be perceived individually or in self-realization. In this realm, freedom is boundless.
Director: Le Ngoc Thanh & Le Duc Hai
4. General Giáp - A wonderful documentary made by Talk Vietnam (VTV4), on the photography of Catherine Karnow and her long time friendship with the late General Giap and his family, for the 60th Anniversary of Dien Bien Phu. Catherine Karnow was daughter of American historian and journalist, Stanley Karnow, who was known for his writings on the war in Vietnam and interview on Giap for the New York Times in 1990.
General Giap master-minded this historic battle, which gave Vietnam its independence from the French, after 60 plus years of colonial rule.
In 1994, the 40th anniversary of the victory of Dien Bien Phu, Catherine was invited by General Vo Nguyen Giap to visit Dien Bien Phu. From this special trip, she had taken many precious photos of General Giap and became close with the family of the general. Most photos of historical value of the Great General (still seen in the press today) were taken by photographer, Catherine Karnow, unbeknownst to the public.
With Talk Vietnam, Catherine shares her memories about her photographic processes with the late General, as well as her affection for the country and people of Vietnam. Talk Vietnam's journalist had an emotional journey, as she follows photographer, Catherine Karnow, and the family of General Vo Nguyen Giap, through the home of General Giap and the old battlefields of Dien Bien Phu.
Talk Vietnam host: Tran Thuy Duong
Production of VTV4, Vietnam Television.
IVCE greatly appreciates the collaboration of various Southeast Asia Studies Centers and Vietnamese Student Associations throughout the United States. IVCE has been coordinating valuable Vietnamese cultural programming, including traditional & contemporary music, poetry & literature, film, folk & contemporary painting exhibitions, as well as history seminars for the past several years.
IVCE would also like to recognize the foundations, organizations, and individuals who have made generous contributions to IVCE's cultural and educational programs. Their gifts have enabled IVCE staff to plan and execute many programs aimed at raising awareness about Vietnamese culture and expanding the educational opportunities of Vietnamese students. We sincerely hope that the example set by these donors will inspire all of you out there to give financially to IVCE, so that we can continue the work of promoting Vietnamese culture and education in the U.S. and abroad.http://www.ivce.org/support.php
The Institute for Vietnamese Culture & Education (IVCE).
The Institute for Vietnamese Culture & Education (IVCE), is a New York 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is a leader in promoting Vietnamese culture and assisting Vietnamese students study abroad in American universities.
Significant quotations of all presenters' presentations can be seen in this coverage.
Sunset in the East China Sea. Image by yul.kubo. (Flickr Creative Commons.)
Dangerous Waters participant Mark Valencia spoke recently at Indiana University in Bloomington about the East China Sea, stating that the ECS territorial disputes carry even more potential for violent conflict in our lifetimes than the SCS territorial disputes. Read more about his talk here, in a post by Rosemary Pennington.
Photo of U.S. Navy and Singaporean ships in the South China Sea, courtesy Wikimedia Commons
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