According to Tran Thi Phuong Thao, a member of Executive Committee of the Vietnamese People Association in the Czech Republic, every year on the occasion of the Lunar New Year, the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic organises cultural exchange activities with the aim of preserving the national cultural identity, as well as helping the younger generation learn more about their origins.
However, on the occasion of the 2021 Lunar New Year, activities were not organised as usual so as to ensure the safety of the community from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 is a challenging year for the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic. But upon hearing news about the epidemic situation in Vietnam and natural disasters in the Central region, Vietnamese expatriates in the Czech Republic did not hesitate to join hands to help share in the difficulties of the homeland in a spirit of mutual love and care.
In order to maintain and preserve the Vietnamese language, in the summer of 2020, Vietnamese classes remained open at Sapa Shopping Centre in the capital city of Prague, the Czech Republic.
Thao said she felt fortunate to be able to share joy with the whole country because the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam was a great success. She expressed her belief that, under the sound leadership of the Party and State, Vietnam will step up to new heights and soon become a developed country.
The Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic also wished that the Party and State would continue to create favourable conditions for overseas Vietnamese to enjoy preferential policies in order to return to their homeland to do business.
Meanwhile, according to Nguyen Phuc Binh, President of the Vietnam Students' Association in Australia, the diplomatic relationship between Vietnam and Australia is currently in a very fine state, with two-way trade being carried out regularly.
Although Vietnamese in Australia could not return to Vietnam for Tet this year, they have still been able to buy enough Vietnamese food at Vietnamese markets in Australia.
Binh has continued to closely monitor the situation in the country. The country has just witnessed a great political event, the successful 13th National Party Congress, he said, adding that the results of the Congress made him firmly believe in the socio-economic development of the homeland in the coming years.
Currently, the Vietnamese community in Australia is quite active in community support activities. The Vietnam Students' Association in Australia was established under the direction of the Party Committee and the Vietnamese Embassy in Australia.
The Association is a member organisation of the Vietnam Students' Association Central Committee. Vietnamese youths and students in Australia are very active in assisting international students to find jobs after graduation, jointly offering start-up initiatives, and creating forums for overseas scientists and intellectuals to exchange solutions to help develop the country.
Vietnamese students in Australia have expressed their wish that the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would further promote its connecting role to provide more information about Vietnam and help acquire recommendations from the overseas Vietnamese.