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Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976. it is the worlds 13th most populous country, and the 8th most populous Asian country. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, and Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. Monetary unit: Dong Languages: Vietnamese (official), French, English, Khmer, Chinese
At the beginning of the Bronze Age, the Viet tribe groups had settled down in the Northand in the north of Central Vietnam. There were about 15 groups of Lac Viet tribesmen livingmainly in the northern highland and delta and a dozen Au Viet groups of tribesmen living inViet Bac, the northern region of old Vietnam
Between the 11th and 18th centuries, Vietnam expanded southward in a process knownasnam tien southward expansion), and eventually conquered the kingdom of Champa andpart of the Khmer Empire.
A South Vietnamese woman mourns over the body of her husband, found with 47 others in amass grave near Hue, Vietnam, 1969.
At first, most Americans supported the war. By 1970, the PEACEMOVEMENT had support from all sections of society and no governmentcould ignore it.
VIETNAM TRADITIONAL BRONZE DRUM The first drum was invented more than three thousands years ago in northern Vietnam bythe Lac Viet, the remote ancestors of the Vietnamese people. It played a vital role in theancient society and was present in most important activities of Lac Viet civilization. Made forreligious ceremonies, rallying men for war, or for other secular roles. The drum was decoratedwith rich and well composed images of objects, humans and animals.
The climate in Vietnam varies greatly from north to south. The north has a cool and dry season from November to April and a hot rainy season from May to October. The central coast north of Nha Trang has a similar climate with the winter monsoon bringing cool, wet weather between December and February. The south is hot and humid all year round, especially from February to May.
CLIMATEThe rainy season lasts from May to November.The central highlands have a similar climate to the south, but it is cooler and temperaturescan be freezing in winter.The official peak season in Vietnam is from September to April.
GDP (PPP): $299.2 billion GDP - real growth rate:5.8% Inflation :13.89% GDP - composition by sector agriculture: 22% industry: 40.3% services: 37.7% (2011 est.)
Vietnamese is the national official language of Vietnam. It is the mother tongue of Vietnamese, and of about three million Vietnamese residing elsewhere. It also is spoken as a first or second language by many ethnic minorities of Vietnam.
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Jianzi. In this game, teams of 1 or 2 use their feet to kick the shuttlecock over the net. This is very similar to badminton with the same scoring system.
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Dress conservatively. Handshakes only usually take place between members of the same sex. Appointments are required and should be made several weeks in advance. The Vietnamese are punctual and expect others also to be same.
Always wait for a woman to extend her hand. If she does not, bow your head slightly. Business cards are exchanged on initial meetings and should be presented with both hands.
If invited to a Vietnamese home: Bring fruit, sweets, flowers. Gifts should be wrapped in colorful paper. Do not give handkerchiefs, anything black, yellow flowers or chrysanthemums.
Wait to be shown where to sit. The oldest person should sit first. Pass dishes with both hands. The most common utensils are chopsticks and a flat spoon. Hold the spoon in your left hand while eating soup. Try to finish everything on your plate. When you are finished eating, rest your chopsticks on top of your rice bowl. Cover your mouth when using a toothpick.
ASEAN The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) includes countries, such as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Vietnam had taken on the role of President of the ASEAN, beginning January 01, 2010. The country aims to utilize its term as the president to accelerate development of the ASEAN Community, strengthen regional solidarity and cooperation, and enhance Vietnam’s image at the international front.