Invincible Vietnam

In 1975, Vietnam went out of the war as the winner. And unlike the German Democratic Republic that issued the stamp to the left, Vietnam also survived the cold-war, and is now one of the fastest developing nations in the world.

A Country with History

Hoi Ann (Champa City) possessed the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century. Between the seventh and tenth centuries, the Cham (people of Champa) controlled the strategic spice trade. Champa was one of the wealthiest and influential countries in Southeast Asia.

A Country with Future

Vietnam is the world's 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country. Vietnam has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Vietnam is faster developing its industrial sectors than any country in Southeast Asia.

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Learn Vietnamese, an important language of Southeast Asia

Four Reasons to Learn Vietnamese!

Heritage Language

1The Vietnamese language is spoken by over 85 million people in Vietnam and three million people around the world, including more than 1.5 million people in the US. In Hawaii, Vietnamese are among the state’s fastest-growing ethnicities. There are more than 7,000 Vietnamese living in Honolulu alone.

Literature & Culture

2Vietnam has a rich history and culture. Vietnamese classical literature has a history of more than a thousand years. Modern Vietnamese literature reflects centuries of Chinese occupation, eighty years of French rule, and America’s presence during the conflict between North and South Vietnam. The UH Vietnamese Language Program Literature has a strong component of literature and film.

Roman Script

3Quốc ngữ, the romanized Vietnamese alphabet was developed in the 17th century replacing the Chinese characters that hitherto were used for Vietnamese writing. With the same script that is used for writing English, Vietnamese is much easier to learn than Chinese, Thai, or Japanese.

Country of the Future

4After 1986 Vietnam became one of the fastest-growing economies in the world with an average gross domestic product (GDP) growth of around 7% per year.