|In February, 2020, the Voice of Vietnam recruited staff for Tay and Nung language programs (Photo: VOV)
Tay and Nung language programs are broadcast in northeastern Vietnam, which is home to the largest population of Tay and Nung. The programs reflect and promote the local culture and customs.
The Tay and Nung language programs were officially launched last December after a 9-month trial run. The programs have gotten a positive response from the Tay and Nung communities. Ms. Trieu Thi Sim, a Tay woman living in Lang Son province said: “Many Tay and Nung people enjoy listening to radio programs on the Voice of Vietnam. We hope that through these programs, our language and traditional melodies of Then songs will be preserved”.
Radio has become a way for Tay and Nung people to learn about Party guidelines and State policies. Ms. Doan Thuy Huyen of Bao Lac district, Cao Bang province, said: “I get lots of useful information from the radio. And the programs are helping to preserve the languages and traditional cultures of the Tay and Nung ethnic people”.
Ms. Luu Thi Tiep of Quang Hoa district, Cao Bang province, said: “I listen to the Voice of Vietnam on the radio every day. I hope to hear more Then, Sli, and Luon music”.
|Radio has become a way for Tay and Nung people to learn about Party guidelines and State policies (Photo: VOV)
The programs include reports on the culture of all 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam, agricultural production techniques, role models in production, and human interest stories. Mr. Be Ngoc Thuan, Deputy Head of Bac Kan’s provincial Ethnic Affairs Department, said: “Tay people make up 54 percent of the population of Bac Kan province. The radio is a useful information channel which helps preserve our language and culture and disseminate Party guidelines and State policies. It also raises public awareness about building new rural areas and eliminating poverty”.
VOV’s Tay and Nung language programs are now also available on the VOV website and mobile phone app, making them available to a wider audience.