Hanoi-based Canadian diplomats, including outgoing Ambassador David Devine, have a unique gift to Vietnam: a performance of a well known traditional "quan ho" folk song.
"The song is to show how much we love and respect Vietnam’s tradition. No matter where we go, a part of Vietnam will always remain with us," the ambassador said.
The video clip was filmed at a gorgeous, ancient temple in Hanoi. Various Vietnamese customs are introduced – from calligraphy to Vietnamese monochord, paper fans, traditional Vietnamese dress, folk paintings to traditional toys for children, which will surely bring the audience back to an incredible Vietnam.
The beautiful melodies from the folk song "Nguoi oi Nguoi o dung ve" (Please stay my darling, don't leave) are performed by diplomats from the Canadian Embassy of Canada in Vietnam and singer Tung Duong.
Devine said he would leave Vietnam "with a greater understanding of this incredible country, and a greater appreciation of the importance of diversity, both at home and abroad.
"It is our sincere hope that this video has given you a better understanding of those values Canadians hold dear, to keep in your hearts as well,” he said.