Vietnam Uses Comics to Educate Children


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To help Vietnamese children learn about southern Vietnamese history, Kim Dong Publisher has put together a series of comic books called Hao kiet dat Phuong Nam (southern heroes).  The series features characters tied to the area since the 16th centurywhen the Lord Nguyen Hoang began extending the country’s territory southward.

The company has produced ten books so far focusing on Truong Dinh, Thien Ho Duong, Nguyen Hue, Nguyen Trung Truc, Bui Thi Xuan, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Mac Cuu, Thu Khoa Huan, Nguyen Van Thoai and Nguyen Dinh Chieu and plans a total of twenty issues.

Author Hoai Anh is in charge of writing duties, while Artist Nguyen Dong Hai is responsible for the books’ illustrations.  The series focus on the most exciting details of each figure in an attempt to hook children and keep them interested.

The hope is that the series of comics will improve the knowledge of the countries history among the youth of the nation.