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Celebrating Vietnam

Buddha image: Petr Ruzicka from Prague, CZ
Drum image: Grenouille vert
Ha Long Bay image: Ondřej Žváček - all Wikimedia Commons

Vietnam, formally the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam), is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.


With an estimated 90.5 million inhabitants as of 2011, it is the world's 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country. The name Vietnam translates as "South Viet", and was officially adopted in 1945.


The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea – referred to in Vietnam as the East Sea (Biển Đông) – to the east.


The Vietnamese became independent from Imperial China in 938 AD, following the Battle of Bạch Đằng River. Successive Vietnamese royal dynasties flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century.


The First Indochina War eventually led to the expulsion of the French in 1954, leaving Vietnam divided politically into two countries. Fighting between the two sides continued, with heavy foreign intervention, during the Vietnam War, which ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.


In the aftermath of the war, Vietnam was unified under a Communist government, but was politically isolated and economically backward.


In 1986, the government initiated market-based economic and political reforms which began a path towards integration into the world economy. By 2000, it had established diplomatic relations with most nations.


Its economic growth has been among the highest in the world since 2000, and according to Citigroup, such high growth is set to continue. Vietnam has the highest Global Growth Generators Index among 11 major economies, and its successful economic reforms resulted in it joining the World Trade Organization in 2007.


Source: Wikipedia

Frequently Asked Questions:


What is ABMEC?


ABMEC is a social business supporting the BME community in Cambridgeshire.


What is a BME?


This is a way of recognising a section of a community from particular places, who may have particular support needs.


Any 'handle' like BME which can be used to recognise groups - can also be seen to de-personalise members of the group in doing so.

We care about the individual, their ambitions and their needs.



How is ABMEC funded?


We have benefited hugely from Big Lottery funding for our work. A heartfelt thanks to the Big Lottery team for their support.


What is a CIC?


A Community Interest Company is a registered company with social aims. Any surpluses we make go to support the community we were created to help. You can read more about CIC's here...


Can I find out more about Big Lottery funding for my community project?


You can - they have a great website here. Or click the Big Lottery logo on any web page on this site.


I recognise that I need some training.

Where can I go for help?


You can use this directory to find information about training and help of all sorts. You can also use our contact us page and tell us what you need and we'll get right on it for you.



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You can. Use our contact us page to ask for more information or

visit a volunteer centre here.



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