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1/4/2019 11:07:32 AM

Vietnamese intellectual in the land of Tulip

VNF - Vietnamese people away from home, no matter where they are, what their status and circumstances, they are always looking torward to their roots and still retain the Vietnamese identity. Lam Viet Tung is one such person.

Lam Viet Tung and representatives of the Vietnamese community in the Netherlands take a souvenir photo with National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan

Lam Viet Tung attended university in Budapest, Hungary. After graduating in 1986, he was a scientific collaborator at the University of Budapest (specializing in information technology and telecommunications). He is married to a Hungarian girl and has 3 children (1 son and 2 daughters). Now, their children have grown up. The Hungarian "bride" knows how to cook very well some Vietnamese dishes and loves Vietnam very much.

He and his family moved to the Netherlands in 1995. Since then, he has still followed the information technology and telecommunications industry. He said, at first his wife did not agree to go to the Netherlands because she was afraid that going to a strange place would be difficult to live. But then because of his career development, she agreed. Now she is used to and attached to the Netherlands.

In Netherland, Tung established his own IT company and worked as a computer consultant for many other big companies in the world whose branches in the Netherlands such as Liberty Global, Siemens, Compaq, AT&I.

Although his work and living conditions seem to be far away from Vietnam, he is actually very attached to Vietnam. He always keeps track of news about Vietnam and has ideas of what to do to help his homeland. He used to be a consultant, chief IT architect of Mobifone Corporation in Hanoi and is still an advisor (remote). He always has positive and objective evaluation points on social issues of interest in Vietnam such as education, environment and technology.

He expressed his wish that Vietnam could learn from the Netherlands two fields that they lead the world. One is how to classify students according to their ability to go to universities, colleges or vocational schools and the second is the water management. He also expressed his desire to advise Vietnam to build a population management system and a national database. Reportedly,  Tung made this proposal to Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Hoang Vinh Bao during his visit to Holland in November 2018.

Lam Viet Tung and his Hungarian wife

At the meeting with overseas Vietnamese intellectuals of National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan during her visit to the Netherlands (March 2018), Tung expressed his wish that the State created further favorable conditions for overseas Vietnamese intellectuals like him to contribute to the country. His opinion was very interested by National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

The Vietnamese community in the Netherlands has about 20,000 people, most of whom have Dutch citizenship and really integrate with the local society. Vietnamese in the Netherlands mainly small businesses, such as opening a restaurant or working for companies dealing in manufacturing. Vietnamese people are highly appreciated by local authorities for their hard work, law compliance and sociability. The unique cultural identity of the Vietnamese community in the Netherlands enriches the colorful culture of the Tulip country and is a bridge between Vietnam and the Netherlands.

Dutch and international friends have known Vietnam with "ao dai", "conical hat","pho", "spring rolls" (nem), "bread" ... Vietnamese contributions at is sizable and very respectable.

Ngo Thi Hoa

Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands

Translated by VNF  
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