Fam­ily and pho star in In­de­pen­dence Day

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

Viet­namese In­de­pen­dence Day in Kar­ratha was a cel­e­bra­tion of fam­ily and pho on Fri­day night.

Nguyn Thi Huong, Thilini Ranas­inghe, Loan Nguyen Grant and Shirley Simp­son were re­lent­less in or­gan­is­ing the event with plenty of prepa­ra­tion time go­ing into feed­ing a planned crowd of 60.

How­ever the low-key gath­er­ing catered to about 100 with chicken wings, noo­dles, pork pieces, and spicy pho.

In­de­pen­dence Day for Viet­namese peo­ple is usu­ally cel­e­brated on Septem­ber 2, and sig­ni­fies in­de­pen­dence from the Ja­panese and French in 1945, which was de­clared by rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader and later Prime Min­is­ter Ho Chi Minh.

Viet­nam con­sul-gen­eral to Perth Le Viet Duyen said with 70 years of in­de­pen­dence, Viet­nam was a young coun­try much like Kar­ratha was a young city.

“We have one mil­lion new ba­bies in Viet­nam each year, so very sim­i­lar to Kar­ratha,” he said.

Jokes aside, Mr Duyen said his coun­try was the num­ber one ex­porter of cashew nuts and sec­ond for rice and cof­fee.

Mr Duyen min­gled with Kar­ratha’s Viet­namese fam­i­lies and said it would be great one day to have a sis­ter-city in his coun­try linked to Kar­ratha.

City of Kar­ratha deputy mayor John Lally said he thought there were op­por­tu­ni­ties for the re­gion and Viet­nam, cit­ing their strength in the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try as an area of in­ter­est.

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

Viet­nam con­sul-gen­eral to Perth Le Viet Duyen and City of Kar­ratha deputy mayor John Lally.

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