Vietnam hosts festival celebrating local friendships with expats

Published:  2 Dec at 6 PM
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In a move well ahead of neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is hosting a Development and Integration Festival aimed at integrating expats into the Ho Chi Minh community.

Ho Chi Minh City’s annual Development and Integration Festival kicked off yesterday for its three-day run aimed at introducing the country’s culture and history to an ever-increasing number of expat residents. Amongst its many features are the culture and arts of Vietnam, the city’s development plans and Vietnam’s delicious traditional cuisine.

Whilst all the usual booths manned by consular employees, friendship groups from Western countries and business associations are expected to be well-attended, the main attractions for foreigners living in the city are expected to be traditional handicrafts, water puppetry shows, food and the country’s unique folk music traditions.

Ho Chi Minh’s foreign communities are well represented, and many of the booths are selling traditional handicrafts. A culinary contest featuring Vietnamese delicacies is open to foreign chefs as well as Vietnamese culinary experts, and is one of the main highlights of the event.

Other countries represented at the event include China, Thailand, Germany, Hungary and India, all of which offer information on education, culture, tourism and business. The city authorities have been encouraging mutual friendships with over 40 cities worldwide with the intent of integrating and developing the city into a thoroughly modern, civilised capital.

Vietnam’s foreign community living, working and studying in the city have been instrumental in contributing to its socio-economic developments over the past few years, with the capital welcoming expats to the extent that most living here are happy to call it home. Its friendly citizens appreciate the foreign community for its respect of Vietnamese culture and language, and the genuine welcome expats have received has ensured both sides are working together to develop the city even further.
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