Vietnam marks Book Day to promote culture of reading

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has issued a decree making April 21 every year as Vietnam Book Day to promote the culture of reading and in recognition of the efforts of book authors, publishers and distributors in Vietnam.
“The Vietnam Book Day held for the first time this year aims to reinforce the culture of reading, particularly among the young people in Vietnam, who are greatly impacted by the booming information technology (IT) development, plunging them into the audio-video entertainments and ignoring the value of reading in our modern life,” said Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Bac Son at the ceremony held in capital Hanoi on Saturday to announce the Prime Minister’s decision. To implement the decision, series of activities were conducted nationwide from Saturday to next Wednesday, including book fairs, presentation of new titles, exchange between famous authors and their readers.
In recent years, the phrase “reading culture” has been mentioned a lot by many Vietnamese people from all walks of life, particularly book compilers and educationists, who said that the traditional thirst of learning, including love for reading among the juniors, seemed to have been eroded. 

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