Since emergency anti-coronavirus measures went into place, Vietnamese shops across the Czech Republic have been offering refreshments to health and rescue service workers. Hundreds of cornershop and restaurant owners have put up signs featuring red hearts to signal they are taking part in this act of solidarity.
The informal chain of small Vietnamese stores makes up the largest retail
chain in the Czech Republic and possibly composes up to a fifth of the
market, according to the head of the Confederation of Trade and Tourism
Tomáš Prouza. Speaking to the Czech News Agency, Mr. Prouza said that a
new law amendment which is currently being prepared could affect these
small-retailer alliances by re-evaluating them as a significant market
According to him, inspectors currently have problems when dealing with the owners of such stores in part because of the murkiness surrounding their company ID. By classifying such retailers as an alliance of traders under the new legislation could help tax them more effectively.
The kidnapping of a former Vietnamese Communist party official from Berlin
via the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Vietnam, which took place two years
ago, has raised security concerns among the Vietnamese community in the
Czech Republic, according to a report on the situation of national
minorities prepared by Vietnamese representatives.
Human rights activists are particularly concerned about their safety, the report says. They believe that the Vietnamese Communist Party has a network of agents in the Czech Republic and prepared the kidnapping here with the help of Vietnamese people with residence permits.
The document should be discussed by the Czech government on Monday.
Today Anna Thu Nguyenová is based in California, where she works with technology start-ups. But the young Czech-Vietnamese woman is familiar to many here in her native country thanks to roles on TV series, including a soap opera in which she appeared in over 100 episodes. Indeed, when we spoke recently she was taking a break from her business career to appear in a new Czech Television series. Some viewers will know her by her former name, Anh Thu Nguyen Thi, and she explained the change.
The majority of the methamphetamine seized by the Czech police last year was produced by Vietnamese crime gangs. Indeed, almost 70 percent of the illegal drug impounded last year was Vietnamese- produced. Police say cultural differences and the language barrier make it harder to combat these activities.
His father is a Vietnamese businessman and he was born here in the Czech Republic. Thai Dai Van Nguyen is one of many second-generation Vietnamese who are fluent is Czech, as in other foreign languages, hard-working, disciplined and ambitious. At just 16 Van became the youngest chess grandmaster in the Czech Republic and less than two years later he is among the five best players in Europe in his age group. I asked him how his success story began.
The police is investigating the circumstances of the drowning of two
Vietnamese seven-year-old boys at Lake Lhota near Prague on Friday.
The mothers of the two boys have complained that when they reported the children missing the employees of the bathing resort had not taken them seriously and a search had only been launched several hours later.
The lifeguard was reportedly not at his post because of the heat.
The Czech-Vietnamese Society has called for the incident to be thoroughly investigated.
Eyewitness reports appear to confirm the parent’s claims.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced last week that the Czech consulate in Hanoi has stopped accepting applications from Vietnamese nationals for both long-term resident permits and visas, citing incapacity to handle the backlog of requests – but most of all, security risks, in the form of “exported” organised crime.
Turnover in the Czech retail sector was 8.2 percent higher in January
compared with a year earlier, according to the Czech Statistical Office on
Activity was 0.8 percent higher in January compared with December.
Most of the increased turnover was in the food sector, with turnover up 2.3 percent, compared with the non-food sector where the rise was 1.5 percent.