Prominent Vietnamese Figures Promote Nation’s Image Internationally

Through images of national heroes, cultural celebrities, and well-known individuals such as President Ho Chi Minh, Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Du, Chu Van An, and others, international friends better understand the country and people of Vietnam. This is one effective way to promote the cultural values ​​and images of the country and people of Vietnam to the world as outlined in the Strategy for Cultural Diplomacy to 2030.


Images of national heroes, cultural celebrities, and well-known individuals have played a crucial role in effectively promoting Vietnam’s heroic history, cultural uniqueness, friendly nature, and the values of peace, respect, and responsibility to the international community.

Over the years, numerous Vietnamese cultural celebrities have been honored by UNESCO, commemorating their birth and death anniversaries. Notable figures include President Ho Chi Minh, Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Du, Chu Van An, Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ho Xuan Huong, among others.

Vietnamese Cultural Celebrities to Convey the Image of People and Nation
Delegates visited a photo exhibition about President Ho Chi Minh on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of UNESCO’s Resolution honoring the President. (Photo: Thoi Dai)

In 1987, UNESCO issued a Resolution commemorating the 100th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh, recognizing him as a remarkable figure who contributed to the development of mankind. The Resolution called for all countries to honor President Ho Chi Minh through various memorial activities.

Amadou Mahtar M’bow, the former UNESCO Director General, stated, “There are only a few people in history who became part of the legend during their lifetime, and Ho Chi Minh was clearly one of them. He will be remembered not only as a liberator for the Fatherland and the colonized people but also as a modern sage who brought a new perspective and hope to those who fought uncompromisingly to eliminate injustice and inequality from this earth.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam emphasized that UNESCO’s adoption of this Resolution demonstrated international recognition of the human values embodied in President Ho Chi Minh, such as peace, national independence, equality among nations, and the liberation of all oppressed nations.

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, speaking at a conference summarizing ten years of activities honoring President Ho Chi Minh in foreign countries, highlighted the role of these activities in promoting mutual understanding, common goals and interests, trust, and friendship between Vietnam and other nations.

Recently, on the 200th birth anniversary of Nguyen Dinh Chieu, the representative of UNESCO in Vietnam presented a Resolution honoring the Vietnamese celebrity. The Resolution acknowledged Nguyen Dinh Chieu’s contributions as a great poet and cultural activist, a respected teacher, and an expert in Eastern and Vietnamese medicine.

Vietnamese Cultural Celebrities to Convey the Image of People and Nation
The exhibition recreates the life and career of Nguyen Dinh Chieu on the 200th anniversary of his birth. (Photo: Thoi Dai)

Christian Manhart, the Representative of UNESCO in Vietnam, emphasized the significance of Nguyen Dinh Chieu’s work and his alignment with the philosophy and goals of UNESCO.

The recognition of Vietnamese celebrities by UNESCO and its member countries reflects the global acknowledgment of Vietnam’s ideals of peace, social equality, and lifelong learning. These shared values contribute to the promotion of the image of Vietnamese people and culture to the international community and reinforce love, compassion, justice, and equality in Vietnamese society.

These celebration activities play a crucial role in highlighting the achievements of cultural celebrities honored by UNESCO and in promoting Vietnam’s image and culture to the world. They enrich the spiritual life of the nation and spread values that foster global connection and friendship.

Tracy Dao