Special 'Vietnamese stories' by Czech Photographer
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|Photographer Jindřich Štreit (left) interacts with visitors at the exhibition "Vietnam Stories." Photo: VNA|
The photo exhibition “Vietnam Stories” shows realistic and vivid perspectives on the life of the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic, by Czech photographer Jindřich Štreit. It opened to the public on Aug. 6 at Plzeň city - the capital of the western region of the Czech Republic, about 80 kilometers from Prague.
The exhibition was organized by the City Council in collaboration with the Vietnamese in Plzeň.
Attending the opening ceremony were Deputy Mayor Eliška Bartáková, representatives of the Plzeň City Council, representatives of the Vietnamese Embassy in the Czech Republic, representatives of the Vietnamese Association in the Czech Republic and Plzeň branches, photography enthusiasts, and a large number of local people.
The 50 photos on display were selected from a huge collection of photographs by photographer Štreit, who is famous for his rich and diverse photo archives about almost every aspect of life in the Czech Republic.
“Vietnam Stories” showcases visual stories about the daily life of Vietnamese communities and families in the Czech Republic as well as traditional Vietnamese customs and habits.
Speaking at the opening, Štreit said that to make this series of photos, he deeply researched, attended activities and tried to immerse himself in the Vietnamese community to capture the most authentic way of Vietnamese people life in the Czech Republic.
The 75-year-old photographer believes that the Vietnamese community has been integrating well into Czech society.
He said: "I personally have a very good relationship with the Vietnamese community in North Morava and they, especially the young people, have been very enthusiastic in helping me make this meaningful photo series."
|Visitors at the exhibition "Vietnam Stories." Photo: VNA|
Eliška Bartáková, deputy mayor of Plzeň city, said: “The Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic has gone through three generations and is integrating very well. Vietnamese people obey the law well, study hard, do business and make many positive contributions to society. For Czechs today, it is perfectly fine and normal for two peoples of the Czech Republic and Vietnam to live and develop together in the Czech country."
Vojtěch Štajek, a Plze citizen who visited the exhibition and a photography enthusiast, said that since the 1990s the number of Vietnamese people coming to study, do business and settle in the Czech Republic had increased sharply.
“We really consider the Vietnamese as our 'compatriots',” he said. "What is displayed at this exhibition accurately reflects the life of Vietnamese people that I witness every day.”
Nguyen Hoai Thanh, president of the Vietnamese Association in Plzeň, said that the community of more than 6,000 Vietnamese living in this city wholeheartedly supported the organization of the exhibition with the hope that "Vietnam Stories" would promote Vietnamese life to the Czechs, helping them better understand the customs and habits of the Vietnamese people.
|Czech photographer with an authentic perspective on "Vietnamese stories." Photo: chauau.tv|
The second and third generation of Vietnamese people in Plze and surrounding areas wish, through this exhibition, to bring the Czech people the best images of Vietnamese people and unique traditional customs of Vietnam.
The exhibition will be open until Aug. 27, 2021.
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