Protecting Minority Culture Through Workshop

NDO/VNA – How to protect and bring into play the values of folk culture of ethnic minority groups in Vietnam was discussed at a workshop held at the National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Hanoi on December 14.

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According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the preservation and promotion of ethnic minorities’ culture has had a positive impact on the public. It has fostered a sense of patriotism, national pride, and strengthened national unity. More than 80 traditional festivals of ethnic groups, such as the Muong, Thai, Tay, Co Tu, Mong, Nung, Dao, Ba Na, Chut, and Khmer, have been revived. Additionally, support has been provided to over 30 villages of 25 minority groups to preserve their cultural heritage. This includes festivals, folk songs and dances, costumes, crafts, and customs.

Participants at the workshop emphasized the urgent need to preserve and promote ethnic minorities’ culture in the face of foreign influences, rapid urbanization, and the commercialization of heritage. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam stressed that cultural preservation and promotion require strategic vision and patience. Each ethnic community takes thousands of years to form its cultural identity. The State not only supports conservation activities but also creates an enabling environment for citizens, communities, and society as a whole to contribute to this work.

Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong emphasized that the task of protecting and preserving ethnic groups’ cultural identities is not the responsibility of a single group but rather the entire political system and all individuals. She called on the government to review and update policies, especially for minority groups with small populations in border, island, and resettlement areas. This would encourage the preservation of cultural values and the abandonment of outdated practices. Furthermore, she stressed the importance of training manpower in this field and implementing policies that facilitate the transfer of cultural heritage to younger generations.