Watch Madam (TON Nu Thi) Ninh on TEDxSanJoaquin on Vietnamese identity regarding the history of the country, and how Vietnamese people identify themselves in a transition period, and in the era of globalization.

There are two notable points, among the other several ones in her talk. First, Vietnamese people are resilient, resourcefulness and have the ability to reconcile, make peace with the past for a better future of collaborations with the other countries. Second, being global does not mean you do not know where you belong to as you constantly move and are exposed to a broad scope - the world. Being truly global means opening up your eyes, your heart and soul and still, clearly know the place you are from, the community and all the values you are attached. They will guide you when you are lost and bring you closer to yourself.

Madam Ninh served her country as a diplomat for more than two decades, specializing in multilateral institutions and global issues. She was the chief architect
 for key international efforts on behalf of Viet Nam, such as the holding of the Summit of French-Speaking Countries in 1997 in Ha Noi. From 2000 to 2003, she was Ambassador and Head of Mission to the European Union in Brussels, then, until 2007, Vice-Chair of Viet Nam’s 11th National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee with a special focus on North America and Western Europe. She is currently a member of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non- Proliferation and Disarmament; the Honorary Advisers’ Council of the Asia-New Zealand Foundation; and the Advisory Committee of Asia Society’s Women Leaders of New Asia. In her present undertaking, the Tri Viet Center for Social and Educational Research – a knowledge and idea exchange to help develop societal awareness around critical issues, and her role as Special Advisor to the President of Ton Duc Thang University, Madam Ninh’s leadership draws upon her European education, her first calling as an academic at the Sorbonne in Paris, her rich international experience and her lifelong commitment to Viet Nam. Madam Ninh is actively engaged in gender advancement and post-war legacy issues, such as rapprochement with the Vietnamese diaspora, and the impact of Agent Orange/Dioxin in Viet Nam. Madam Ninh is the recipient of the French Legion d’Honneur (Commandeur), the Belgian Order of Leop- old II, and the Vietnamese Medal of Labor - First Class. (Introduction from TEDxSanJoaquin)

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