People walk under Vietnamese national flags at an alley in Hanoi. Photo: EPA-EFE
People walk under Vietnamese national flags at an alley in Hanoi. Photo: EPA-EFE
Vietnam

Vietnam encourages diaspora to embrace language and culture in ‘soft power’ push

  • Officials have declared September 8 as a day to celebrate the Vietnamese language, amid fears it is ‘at risk of fading’ in communities around the world, from Cambodia to France and the US
  • As some overseas-born Vietnamese have grown up shunning the language and culture, ‘what’s at stake is the communication between generations’, a researcher says

People walk under Vietnamese national flags at an alley in Hanoi. Photo: EPA-EFE
People walk under Vietnamese national flags at an alley in Hanoi. Photo: EPA-EFE
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