WORLD New-type reading center shines in Vietnamese capital

WORLD

New-type reading center shines in Vietnamese capital

By Zhang Zhiwen | People's Daily app

10:38, November 07, 2017

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Hanoi (People's Daily) - In recent days, a new-type reading experience center, located inside the National Song & Dance Theatre in the downtown of Hanoi, Vietnam, cooperated between Chinese and Vietnamese partners, attracts great interests of local citizens.

Thong-Reading Experience Center covers an area of more than 200m2, and it is decorated with Zhuang brocade, embroidered ball, subtropical plants and other elements, creating a traditional and friendly atmosphere, reflecting that China and Vietnam are linked by common rivers and mountains, enjoy similar cultural background and are bonded by hearts. Divided into China-Vietnam books exhibition area, reading experience area, small activities area and e-reading area, the reading experience center boasts about 7,000 books as first batch covering fields like culture, arts, life, technology, education, children, etc., including Chinese books which copyrights have been exported by publishing houses from the Group and excellent books published by Vietnam publishing houses.

Nguyen Thi Trang is a local Chinese cultural  studies scholar, and she is reading in the center when correspondent visits her. “It is a very constructive approach to promoting bilateral cultural exchanges, because previously it was hard to find a space for Chinese studies in my country, and even there are several book bars, the Chinese books there are not enough for our scholars and students.” Ms. Nguyen said an increasing number of Vietnamese are learning Chinese culture and language, partly for occasional reasons, and partly for inheriting traditional culture heartily. “Both of them needs this new-type reading center for exchanging bilateral culture”, said Ms. Nguyen.

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Since the opening of the reading experience center, it not only provides multi-dimension reading space for local readers, but also establishes a new platform for culture exchanges  between China and Vietnam, deepening the friendship between China and Vietnam, receiving acknowledgement from relevant departments of Vietnam government and welcome from local citizens. “Vietnamese arts institutions and colleges express that they want to communicate with the center and discuss the possibility of cooperation; relevant party has proposed the idea of jointly building an ASEAN Arts Culture Center in Hanoi, and both parties could jointly create a cultural complex with larger scale, more comprehensive industry form and wider influence”, said Qin Chao, President of Guangxi Publishing & Media Group. 

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