Vietnam Ancestral Global Day and National
Longstanding Friendship Between the Canadian and Vietnamese Peoples Celebrated at Toronto Conference
Society (CVS) and the York Centre for Asian Research hosted a one-day
conference on April 30, called "Vietnam: Tradition and Development," to
Ancestral Global Day.
Ancestral Global Day is commemorated in Vietnam to honour the
Kings, who founded
the Vietnamese nation almost 4,000 years ago and to celebrate their
legacy in the modern
Vietnam today. This year, besides in Canada, the commemoration was held
in France, Laos,
Poland, Japan, Thailand, Russia and other countries.
The event was held at York
University. Dr. Julie Nguyen, a CVS board
everyone and informed those attending that this was the first time that
a celebration to
commemorate the Hùng Kings is being held in Canada, making it an
historic occasion. She
pointed out that Vietnam Ancestral Global Day not only marks the
historical beginnings of the
Vietnamese nation, but celebrates the achievements of modern Vietnam,
and in Canada it
highlights the friendship between the Vietnamese and Canadian peoples.
She announced that
the conference would begin with a ceremony to honour these ancestors,
followed by two
panel discussions: the first "Local History, Global
Future" and the second,
"Canada-Vietnam Business and Educational Co-operation."
Dr. Julie Nguyen introduces the second panel.
Dr. Phouc Dang, the Chair of the CVS board, read a
powerful poem to
open the conference
which pays tribute to the Hùng Kings and pledges the
present generation of
Vietnamese in the homeland and in the diaspora, to uphold their legacy
of the independence
and sovereignty of Vietnam. He later presented a slide show, providing
overview of Vietnam
history and the role of the Hùng Kings.
In the first panel, a member of the Canada-Vietnam Trade
highlighted the emerging
areas of the Vietnamese economy today and the increasing trade
relations between Vietnam
and Canada. She pointed out that Vietnam is a highly educated society
with a hard-working
people, and given that it is Canada's largest partner in ASEAN, there
are many more
opportunities for business collaboration. She hoped more trade and
opportunities for both
Vietnamese and Canadians will emerge with the recent Comprehensive and
Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Speaking on behalf of the CVS, Philip Fernandez
friendship between the
Canadian and Vietnamese peoples and noted that this relationship goes
back to the time of
Vietnam's national liberation war and the fight to reunify the country.
He denounced the Journey to Freedom Act adopted by the Harper
2015 which distorts
and falsifies the history of the heroic Vietnamese people and their
defeat of the U.S.
imperialists. He also expressed the support of CVS for the initiative
of the Vietnamese
Women's Entrepreneurial Association to oppose the flying of the
colonial flag of the defeated
U.S.-puppet south Vietnamese regime as a provocation against the
Canadian and Vietnamese
In the afternoon panel, Dr. Lorna Wright and Dr. Elena
Caprioni from the Schulich School of Business at York provided
information of the various projects being undertaken to foster academic
collaboration between the two countries. Dr. Wright also expressed hope
that the current volume of Vietnam-Canada economic activity, valued at
$6 billion, can be further developed and enhanced, given the economic
stability and opportunity that exists in Vietnam.
Lily Tang, Executive Director of the Vietnamese
stated that Vietnam is a society of young people who have great
entrepreneurial spirit. She
noted that the more than 20,000 Vietnamese students studying in Canada
are looking to make
contributions to their own country and to Canada while they live here.
This spirit, she said,
bodes well for the future of both countries and peoples.
The organizers of the conference thanked everyone for
participation and expressed
enthusiasm for the strengthening of relations between Vietnam and
Presentation by Dr. Phuoc Dang on the Four-Thousand
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This article was published in
Volume 49 Number 16 - May 4, 2019
Vietnam Ancestral Global Day and National
Reunification Day: Longstanding Friendship Between the Canadian and Vietnamese Peoples Celebrated at Toronto Conference