"Meet Vietnam in New Haven:" UK Celebrates the Homeland

The embassy of Vietnam in the United Kingdom recently co-organized the “Meet Vietnam in New Haven” cultural event in New Haven, a port town in the southern United Kingdom that preserves the monuments and keepsakes of President Ho Chi Minh.
September 30, 2021 | 18:48

On September 28, the Embassy of Vietnam in the United Kingdom held “Meet Vietnam in New Haven” in collaboration with the authorities of New Haven, a port town located in Lewes district of the southern county of East Sussex.

The event was attended by the Ambassador of Vietnam to the United Kingdom Nguyen Hoang Long, New Haven mayor Lesley Boniface, representatives of the New Haven Town Council and the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and people from New Haven and the neighboring areas.

At the event, the participants had chances to discover the history, culture and people of Vietnam via photos of Vietnam’s intangible and tangible heritages recognized by UNESCO and enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes.

Representatives of New Haven authorities and people attending “Meet Vietnam in New Haven.” Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Speaking at the event, Mayor Boniface expressed her pride about the historical linkage between President Ho Chi Minh and New Haven, where he resided while working on the New Haven – Dippe ferry route after World War I.

Boniface underlined that President Ho Chi Minh’s patriotism, courage and intelligence had helped him to find a way to liberate Vietnam and gain independence for the country.

Boniface believed that this linkage was the firm foundation to boost the relationship between New Haven and Vietnam. On this occasion, the mayor of New Haven also expressed her appreciation for Vietnam’s support in sending facemasks to the town community when Covid broke out in the United Kingdom last year.

On his part, Ambassador Hoang Long expressed his appreciation for New Haven authorities for assisting and cooperating with the Embassy to hold the meaningful event in September, when the people of Vietnam celebrated Vietnam’s Independence Day and paid homage to President Ho Chi Minh.

Ambassador Hoang Long recounted the period when President Ho Chi Minh lived and worked in London from 1913 to 1917. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

The ambassador affirmed that Vietnam – United Kingdom Strategic Partnership was developing well thanks to the tireless efforts of both parties, with significant contribution from New Haven authorities and communities, in the past 50 years.

Ambassador Hoang Long recounted the period when President Ho Chi Minh lived and worked in London from 1913 to 1917 and when he worked on the New Haven – Dippe ferry route, which prepared the ground for the friendship between Vietnam and the United Kingdom, particularly between Vietnam and New Haven.

The ambassador highlighted that while President Ho Chi Minh did not spend much time in the United Kingdom in his 30-year journey looking for a way to liberate Vietnam, the country was where he first read works by the philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Thanks to these writings, he could form his political thoughts and find the solutions to unshackle Vietnam.

Representatives of New Haven authorities and Embassy of Vietnam in the United Kingdom took a commemorative photo. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

At the event, ambassador Hoang Long also expressed his appreciation for New Haven authorities and people for preserving President Ho Chi Minh’s keepsakes, especially for cooperating with the embassy of Vietnam to place the monument commemorating 100 years since Uncle Ho set foot in the United Kingdom in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam – United Kingdom diplomatic relations (1973-2013).

The ambassador believed that the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and New Haven, on a larger scale the strategic partnership between Vietnam and the United Kingdom, would continue to prosper, particularly as both countries were preparing to celebrate 50 years of establishing diplomatic relations in 2023.

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