Reprint of Professor Nguyen Lan’s Vietnamese dictionaries

A young generation of Vietnamese comic artists is struggling to get its work published as local publishers hesitate to give the nod to comics targeting older age groups. A young generation of Vietnamese comic artists is struggling to get its work published as local publishers hesitate to give the nod to comics targeting older age groups. The third volume of popular Vietnamese comic Meo Moc (Musty Mew) by rising 24-year-old artist Dang Quang Dung was recently recalled by publishers after a one month run in local bookstores. The artist attributes the recall to a scene featuring the comic’s feline protagonist on the toilet and the word ‘poop’ appearing later in the volume, both of which were deemed ‘offensive’ by book censors. Go out on a limb Since hitting bookstores in 2002, the hit comic series Than Dong Dat Viet (Viet Prodigies) has been considered a breath of fresh air into the country’s comic industry, encouraging young aspiring artists to pick up their pens and give the comic industry a try. This up-and-coming generation of Vietnamese artists is taking to the Internet to seek out their readership, utilizing social media platforms as a medium for their work and funding comic projects through Vietnamese crowd-funding sites such as Comicola. This reemergence of the industry’s popularity has brought light to censorship hurdles faced by some of the genre’s top artists. Nguyen Khanh Duong, co-founder of Comicola and a comic scriptwriter himself, last week took to Facebook to reveal the harsh censorship of his…... [read more]

(VOVworld) – A range of activities are underway nationwide to mark Vietnam’s 3rd Book Day, April 21st. In Hanoi, a Book Festival is held at Thong Nhat park attracting the participation of 90 publishers. There is also a seminar on sovereignty over the sea and islands as reflected in various books and publications. Chu Van Hoa General of the Authority of Publication, Printing and Distribution said the event had become a community festival:"This is a cultural event reflecting Vietnam’s learning tradition and its determination to become a nation of knowledge and cultural identity". On Wednesday, Da Nang city organized the Hai Chau Book festival to mark the occasion. The organizing board called on the festival goers to donate books to schools, cultural centers and community learning centers in the city. Similar activities took place in Ha Tinh, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Lang Son and Kon Tum province.... [read more]

(VOVworld)- The third Vietnam Book Day once again underlines the roles of publishers, readers, collectors, authors and book promoters. The highlight of this year’s event is a book festival to be held from April 20th to 24th in Thong Nhat park, Hanoi. 87 publishing houses and distributors will participate. VOV’s Phuong Thuy reports. This year’s Vietnam Book Day is themed "Books and life" and activities are classified by topics. In the panel event, readers will have a chance to talk with managers, famous authors, and critics about reading skills in modern life. There will be get-togethers where participants may discuss cultural, political and social issues raised in recent books. Other events will introduce Vietnam’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage recognized nationally and internationally. Vietnam Book Day, which falls on April 21st, is celebrated beyond Hanoi. Chu Van Hoa, DirectorGeneral of the Authority ofPublication, Printing and Distribution of theMinistry ofInformation and Communications, told VOV: "This year the organizing work is much better than last year. In the first year organizers were often confused. In the second and third year, lessons were learned. Provinces like Bac Ninh and Ha Nam went to host a Book Day. Provincial Departments of Information and Communications have sent teams to learn how to organize these festivals. Many provinces are now ready to host an event and have raised funds, including Nam Dinh, Ha Nam and Bac Ninh. Book Day has had a positive response". Thousands of children’s books, and books on literature, economics, culture, society, and…... [read more]

(Cinet)- The fifth international book fair under the theme "Vietnam – Development and Integration" will be hosted in in Hanoi’s Thong Nhat Park from September 10-14. According to Chu Van Hoa, Director General of the Authority of Publication, Printing and Distribution under the Ministry of Information and Communication and Head of the fair’s Organization Board, a book space will comprise over 3,000 publications titled the development and integration process of Vietnam. The book fair will showcase models and icons related to book and reading culture, as well as materials about book formation and development together with Vietnam’s publication activities. The fair will feature nearly 200 stalls from more than 100 publishers and distributors in Vietnam and abroad, including the Southeast Asian and Asia-Pacific publishing associations and a Cuban book institute, said Hoa, who is also head of the fair’s organising board. Meanwhile, nearly 30 events will be held in the event area to introduce and promote recent outstanding publications of Vietnam and other countries and encourage trade, copyright exchange and collaboration in publication, together with seminars and talks on different themes introducing Vietnam’s locally and internationally recognised tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The book fair is a chance for Vietnam to gain experience in managing and organising publishing activities on an international scale; introduce publications of local and international publishers; and promote copyright trade and co-operation in publication. The event has attracted the participation of the Association of South East Asian Publishers, members of the Asia Pacific Publishers Association, the…... [read more]

NDO – The fifth Vietnam International Book Fair (VIBF) is scheduled to take place at Thong Nhat Park in Hanoi from September 10 to 14, according to Chu Van Hoa, Director of the Department of Publication under the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and Head of the fair’s organising board. The international event will be organised with three areas. An exhibition area will showcase models and icons related to book and reading culture, as well as materials about book formation and development together with Vietnam’s publication activities. Over 3,000 publications will be displayed under the theme "Vietnam – Development and Integration". The fair site includes nearly 200 booths of over 100 publishing houses inside and outside the country. Meanwhile, nearly 30 events will be held in the event area to introduce and promote recent outstanding publications of Vietnam and other countries and encourage trade, copyright exchange and collaboration in publication, together with seminars and talks on different themes introducing Vietnam’s locally and internationally recognised tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Publications by 20 large domestic and foreign publishers will also be introduced while information about the Frankfurt International Book Fair and the world publishing market will be discussed. The VIBF is expected to create an opportunity for Vietnam to gain experience in managing and organising publishing activities on an international scale; introduce publications of local and international publishers; and promote copyright trade and co-operation in publication. The event has attracted the participation of the Association of South East Asian Publishers,…... [read more]

Chinese romance novels displayed on shelves at a bookstore. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Vietnam's publishing authority has ordered local publishers to stop releasing romance novels, following media reports that such books, particularly those imported from China, are "poisoning" young people. The Publishing and Printing Department under the ministry of culture said its decision was prompted by the fact that some publishers have recently printed many romance novels, including homoerotic romance, with "clichéd, useless, obscene and offensive" content. Most of the questionable books were translations, the agency said in its latest letter to publishers. It also asked them to review all their published books as well as those they are working on, and remove anything "indecent and unsuitable." Publishers have to select books which have "healthy" content and are "suitable with Vietnamese habits and customs," according to the letter. Speaking to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, Chu Van Hoa, director of the publishing department, said the ban is "just temporary." "We do not shut down any genre of books, but the government needs to regulate an activity related to culture and people's way of thinking so that it can benefit people." Hoa was quoted as saying that in the future, only those publishers which prove to be capable of selecting good books are allowed to publish romance novels again. Previously, the department flagged down three Chinese erotic romance titles, two of which have been suspended. Since early this year, local media have severely criticized Chinese romance books, including danmei -- the Chinese…... [read more]

Rubbish Chinese fiction which is rife with mawkish and sexual elements has cast an insidious spell on a large number of Vietnamese teenagers and young adults and been thus a great cause for concern among parents and the general public. Shelves topped with around hundreds of books of such kind are now easily seen at most local bookstores and invariably packed with buyers and perusers, who are mostly middle and high school students. Such books’ magnetic appeal is even more evident among the online community, as the books always receive staggeringly huge numbers of views and comments. An oversentimental Chinese book published in the "Literature" section of a popular online forum receives an average of several hundred thousand or up to some million views. A few are even read over 10 million times and receive some thousands of comments. The English translations of the titles of several slushy Chinese books currently all the rage on the local market include "Do You Like America?" "Moonlight Doesn’t Understand How I Feel," "Let Me Look Toward You," "Forever Together," and "I’m Just Like Radiant Sunlight." The boom in online "translators," most of whom have a fragmentary command or none at all of the Chinese language, has added to the bountiful supply of such books. They generally use software to convert the Chinese versions into awkward Vietnamese stories before clumsily "editing" them into finished "works." Such "translators" as Yingli, Dennis Q, and Greenrosetq are "venerated" by their fans as much as the Chinese writers…... [read more]

Management body over printing and publishing will check and review thoroughly operations of all publishers across the nation along with routine inspections, said Mr. Chu Van Hoa, head of the Vietnamese Department of Printing and Publishing.... [read more]

Chu Van Hoa, head of the Department of Printing and Publishing under the Ministry of Information and Communications, spoke to Tin Tuc (News) about publishing houses' transgressions. What do you think of the recent violations due to publishing houses' carelessness and lax management? Many people think the Department of Printing and Publishing approves books before they are published, but that is not so. About 30,000 books are published every year, and the department only has 30 employees. The responsibility for publishing books is thus assigned to directors or editors-in-chief at publishing houses. When violations occur, the Department steps in. The department discovers, suspends and destroys hundreds of books each year. Regarding this issue, we need capable publishing house directors. In reality, there are still directors who don't know the Law on Publishing very well. The Ministry of Information and Communications recently issued a decree on publishing, which created a legal basis for discovering publishing violations. This has thus helped us discover many publishing violations, like the recent cases. What is your opinion on co-ordination between publishing houses, printers and distributors? I think the co-ordination between such parties is necessary in order to create diversity in the publishing industry. But it's also a challenging time for the industry. For some time, publishing houses have been selling their licenses to printers without examining the products. This can lead to violations. But again, the Department of Publishing and Printing needs co-operation from local authorities and other sectors to manage the publishing industry properly.…... [read more]

A state-run publisher has been fined a total of US$11,861 for violations in two law books including one whose front cover features an almost-nude, smiling comedian standing on a ball of fire. The other has a heap of money depicted on its cover. Vietnam law book cover features topless comedian on fire The Publishing Department under the Ministry of Information and Communications has decided to fine the Labor and Social Affairs Publishing House VND128 million ($6,025) for its multiple violations regarding a book titled "Bo Luat Dan Su va Van Ban Huong Dan Thi Hanh 2014" (The Civil Code and Related Circulars 2014). Another fine of VND124 million was also issued for violations in a different law book titled "Bo Luat Hinh Su va Cac Van Ban Huong Dan Thi Hanh 2014" (The Criminal Code and its Related Circulars 2014). In the first book, the publisher’s violations include defaming the authorities in charge of compiling and issuing the Civil Code and its related circulars, and offending an individual by featuring his photo on the book’s front without his consent. Another infringement is the publisher’s provision of wrong information regarding the issue date of the Civil Code and its related circulars, according to the department. As previously reported, 1,000 copies of the book were released in July this year by the publisher, which belongs to the Ministry of Labor, Invalid, and Social Affairs. Its front cover features an almost-naked, brawny male body, but the face is that of Cong Ly, a…... [read more]




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