At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
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Efforts made to help locals overcome flood aftermath Nghe An province’s border guards provide free medicine to locals in Huu Kiem commune, Ky Son district Localities, the army and agencies are making asserted efforts to help people in flood-hit areas to overcome the consequences of floods. Nghe An provincial Border Guard High Command and Military Headquarters have sent doctors to provide free health check-ups and medicine to 650 locals in Bong Khe commune, Cong Cuong district, and Huu Kiem commune, Ky Son district. The delegation also presented VND 20 million to four households whose houses were washed away. The provincial youth union also mobilised nearly 5,000 members to support locals in overcoming the aftermath of the flood. In Ky Son district, the local authorities visited and present nearly VND30 million to six families, who have a dead or missing family member following the floods in Chieu Luu, Tay Son, and Muong Ai communes. On August 18 and 19, more than 200 … [Read more...] about Social News 21/8