Under the project, which started on April 3, specialists from India will study the steles and help Vietnam translate the epitaphs from Sanskrit, the ancient liturgical language of Hinduism, to Vietnamese and English. UNESCO world heritage My Son Sanctuary in central Quang Nam province. The move aims to aid the preservation of the sanctuary and shed light on its cultural, historical, religious and architectural values hidden in the towers there for thousands of years. The complex has Sanskrit epitaphs engraved on 31 steles made of brick and stone, the main materials used in building My Son Sanctuary, said Nguyen Cong Khiet, deputy head of the sanctuary’s management committee. The biggest challenge the translators face is that many of the steles were broken into pieces while some of these pieces have been lost, Khiet noted, adding that the translation will take a lot of time and effort. In addition to this project, the Government of India has provided about USD … [Read more...] about India helps translate ancient inscriptions in My Son Sanctuary
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The talks The statement was made by Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, member of the Party Central Committee, permanent member of the Central Military Commission, Deputy Minister of National Defense, at the talks with Earl Howe, Minister of State for Defense of the UK, on April 19 at the headquarters of Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense. During the talks, the two sides highlighted the cooperation between the two defense ministries over the past time and affirmed that defense cooperation is one of the important pillars in the Vietnam-UK strategic partnership. Both sides also discussed measures to accelerate bilateral relations between the two countries and exchanged regional and international issues of mutual concern. Agreeing with the host’s suggestion, the guest said that the two countries should expand their cooperation in training for military servicemen. Over the past time, the UK has provided English language training for Vietnamese officers and … [Read more...] about Vietnam, UK to accelerate their defense cooperation
Dial Up! How the Hmong diaspora uses the world’s most boring technology to make something weird and wonderful By Mia SatoPhotography byAnnabelle Marcovici & Phyllis B. DooneyIllustration by David Huang Even on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the radio lines were busy. Other people might send a card or go out for a family breakfast, but on Hmong radio shows, you waited your turn to speak into the ether, to tell strangers across the world about your parents. Some were living, some already dead, and others were still missing years after the war. No matter the specifics, almost every speaker cried, whether in longing, regret, or simply for the foreign feeling of saying out loud what a mother or father meant to them. But what could these strangers listening know about this grief, contained for so long and finally given a place to expand and breathe? Callers joined in from across the US, France, Canada, and Australia, some using fake names to conceal themselves … [Read more...] about Dial up!