HO CHI MINH AND THE ENVIRONMENT


WHEN I LOOK AT TREES, I REMEMBER HIM
Large tracts of land in the North were filled with trees – hillsides, shorelines, fields and streetscapes were all lined with greenery. In addition to forestry protection, field irrigation of agricultural lands had improved which helped to yield more rice production.
Ho Chi Minh’s Tree Planting Festivals illustrated how the human spirit of self-reliance and self-determination could solve practical challenges of everyday life. The simple act of tree planting on a broad scale connected economic development with environmental protection that was an effective and inexpensive solution. When I Look at Trees, I Remember Him (Trông cây lại nhớ đến người) was composed by Nguyễn Trung Phong (1929-1990), a playwriter from Nghe An. Đỗ Nhuận revised it in 1969, after the passing of Ho Chi Minh.
Source: Going to Nghệ region and hearing the ví giặm folksong. Giáo Dục Online, 2015.
Video by VTV1, translation by New Vietnam Publishing.


THE FLOWERS IN OUR UNCLE’S GARDEN
Văn Dung, an artist from Ha Noi, wrote the song, The Flowers in Our Uncle’s Garden (Những bông hoa trong vườn Bác) in 1977. He saw how Ho Chi Minh was a great gardener and how each Vietnamese citizen was a beautiful flower who bloomed in the vast garden of Vietnam. Source: The flowers in our Uncle’s garden. Nhân Dân Online, 2017.
Video by Hãng Phim Trẻ, translation by New Vietnam Publishing.


THE LOTUS FLOWER IN THAP MUOI
Using popular poems written by Bảo Định Giang and Tố Hữu, Trương Quang Lục, an artist from Quảng Ngãi, composed, The Lotus Flower in Tháp Mười (Hoa sen Tháp Mười) in 1968. The song compares the love for Ho Chi Minh by the people in the South, with the beauty of the lotus flower in Tháp Mười, a rural district in the Đồng Tháp province in southern Vietnam.
Source: In Conversation with the Author of “The Lotus Flower in Tháp Mười” Tiền Phong, 2019.
Video by Đặng Thanh Sơn, translation by New Vietnam Publishing.