The bicycles that became a fixture in people’s daily life in Saigon fluctuated from simple to sophisticated at different times. The bicycle has remained a dear object to most Vietnamese, and those living in bygone days would find it difficult to part with the item, as they would ride to school, their workplace, and to markets along canopy-lined streets. The bicycle was even a friend to soldiers who fought in the historic battle of Dien Bien Phu, which liberated the Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi from French colonial rule on October 10, 1954. The humble transport was also witness to myriad romances in real life as well as being featured in poetry, music and movies. Despite its irresistible appeal and significant role in history, few really understand the tale behind the bicycle in Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City. The first verifiable claim of a bicycle being used came in 1817, exactly 200 years ago, and belonged to German Baron Karl von Drais, a civil servant to the … [Read more...] about Flashing back to when the bicycle ruled Saigon
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VietNamNet Bridge - Besides Vietnamese films, the audience will have a lot of choices at cinemas in the last month of the year when they can enjoy Hollywood blockbusters like "Underworld 5", the additional episode of "Star Wars", "Assassin's Creed", "Passengers", or "Sing". Voodoo Doll Director: Vo Ngoc, Hanh Nhan Cast: Truong Quynh Anh, Mac Van Khoa, Hoa Minzy, Dustin Nguyen, Kim Tuyen Genre: Comedy, Horror Release Date: 9/12/2016 Language: Vietnamese with English subtitle The movie is about Thu, Quan and Hanh, a trio in K22 music class. When Hung - a substitute teacher takes responsibility over their class, he is astonished at how Thu and his passed-away ex-girlfriend look alike, which upset his wife - Huong. Meanwhile, the trio discovers a voodoo doll hidden in the room of their music class... Sword Master Cast: Lam Canh Tan, Giang Nhat Yen, Ha Nhuan Dong,Tuong Mong Diep, Co Tao Ban Genre: Action Release Date: 9/12/2016 Running Time: 110 minutes Language: Chinese with … [Read more...] about Many blockbusters to be released in Vietnam in December
Talk Around Town (31-01-2007) Plan reorganises school holidays by Kieu Van A pilot project started by the Primary Education Department, a branch of the Ministry of Education and Training, could soon provide students with some relaxation time after each term and around Tet. Under the plan, students will still receive three months off, but instead of most of the time coming in one summer-time block, it will be spread across the academic year. There will be a six-week summer holiday and a three-week vacation between terms. The off time around Tet (Lunar New Year) will be prolonged from two to three weeks. According to deputy education minister Dang Huynh Mai, the department released details of the plan recently to gauge reaction from managers, teachers and parents before it applies the programme in the coming academic year. However, in the two weeks since the pilot was announced, parents have raised concerns about re-working their schedule to accommodate the changes. Some teachers said … [Read more...] about Plan reorganises school holidays
Talk Around Town (04-05-2008)Teenage pop music lacks original voiceby Trung Hieu Vietnamese teen pop music, composed and performed by teenagers, pervades shops, cafes and even buses. But despite all the noise, one thing the genre seems to be missing is a voice of its own. A plethora of famous teen idols, like Quang Vinh, Hien Thuc and Bao Thy, themselves barely out of high school, abound the music scene in Viet Nam. With all the competition, as soon as one artist has a hit, other people in the industry seize on it as a winning formula. The upshot of this is the majority of songs have the same inane words, with typical lyrics in Vietnamese translated as ‘Hello. Are you there? Do you miss me? Miss me’ (Mi Ya Hee by songwriter Vu Ha). Songs also share chord sequences and rhythm, to the extent that sometimes it’s difficult to tell them apart. This trend would be different if the teen artists expressed something particularly Vietnamese, but the problem is that many of the … [Read more...] about Teenage pop music lacks original voice
Nguyen Thu Ha complains that her 15-year old daughter Tra My spends too much time listening to music online. "She spends hours surfing from one music site to another, listening to teen songs. My husband and I became worried after we checked the sites she was visiting because most of the songs were about broken love and social evils, with many vulgar lyrics. "We are afraid that if she listens too much to this kind of music, it will have a negative impact on her," says Ha. Just type the name of a song you like and click. It's as simple as that and most young artists now release their albums online. Viet Nam Idol Uyen Linh recently released her album Cam on tinh yeu (Thank You, My Love) online in an effective response to "Uyen Linh fever" that has been sweeping across websites in Viet Nam following her victory in the television competition. And it's not just young artists like Bao Thy, Truc Diem, Ngan Khanh, Khong Tu Quynh and Dong Nhi who are using the web. More established stars such as … [Read more...] about Online music: creative outlet or vice?
Inner Sanctum ‘Red’ music master shares his secrets The revolution may be over, but Trong Tan is still singing revolution-themed ‘red songs’. At 30, Tan has been dubbed ‘the prince of red music’ and one of the nation’s most authoritative male vocalists. He talks to Bui Quynh Hoa about his singing career and future plans. Born into an artless, musicless four-children family in central Thanh Hoa Province, Trong Tan (or Vu Trong Tan) soon realised his deep love of music. He took part in many singing contests organised by schools and localities when he was small. He then become a promising lecturer at the Ha Noi Music Conservatory and a well-known singer of "red" music with many prestige prizes including second prize of the national classical and chamber music contest in 2000, first prize of the biennial Sao Mai Television Singing Contest in 1999, and first prize of the Ha Noi’s beautiful voice contest in 1997. Inner Sanctum: Could you … [Read more...] about ‘Red’ music master shares his secrets
VietNamNet Bridge – Despite the full participation of private organisations in the education system, the country is still looking for a way of effectively running the system and make it a key economic sector. With the number of private schools and universities ballooning in Viet Nam, an education market has been created. It, however, is not clearly seen as a market by the government and society. In a recent survey on private equity investors conducted by auditing and consulting firm Grant Thornton Viet Nam, education was ranked by respondents as the most attractive industry. Education returned to the top place in the list of most positive sectors for investment in the biannual report "Private Equity in Viet Nam – Investment Sentiment and Outlook," released last month. It replaced the retail sector, which led the previous survey. Co-operation among educational centres and schools or universities in both State-run and private businesses is becoming more common. This has … [Read more...] about ‘Non-profit’ private schools in grey area
VietNamNet Bridge – Young musicians and producers in HCM City this year have succeeded in winning fans and setting new entertainment trends, producing CDs and music videos in different styles. Hieu, a graduate of the HCM City College of Culture and Arts, says his composing skills have served him well in a fiercely competitive entertainment industry. He has written both pop and dance music, featuring stars like Ho Ngoc Ha. Hieu began his career four years ago while he was at school, working with leading composers and showbiz organisers to produce music on stage and in the studio. He has also been a shrewd businessman. "Music is not a game with only sweet melodies and beautiful dances, but also a big job which helps make money," he said. His songs, Hey Boy and Dung Nhin Lai (Don't Look Back), became instant hits when they were released early this year, propelling Noo Phuoc Thinh and Dong Nhi to fans' favourite singers this year. After releasing the pop song My Baby, performed … [Read more...] about Making music to make it big
VietNamNet Bridge - "The Transporter Refueled", "Everest", and "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" are the most-awaited movies of Vietnamese audiences this month. 1. Mune Date of release: 2/9 Genre: Animation, Adventure Stars: Michael Gregorio, Izïa Higelin, Omar Sy Director: Alexandre Heboyan, Benoît Philippon Version: English with Vietnamese Subtitles In a mythical world, Mune, a small, facetious faun, is made the guardian of the Moon, against his own wishes. His job is to bring along the night and to watch over the world of dreams. But he causes disasters one after the other and provides the guardian of the shadows with an opportunity to steal the Sun. With the assistance of Sohone, the Sun's proud guardian, and fragile Wax, Mune then sets out on an extraordinary quest which will make him a legendary guardian. 2. The Transporter: Refueled Date of release: 4/9 Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller Stars: Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Ray Stevenson Director: Camille Delamarre … [Read more...] about 17 movies to be released in Vietnam in Sept.
VietNamNet Bridge – Gliding her delicate fingers over the dan tranh (16-chord zither), Nguyen Kieu Anh ardently releases her mind to the beautiful sound of ca tru (a Vietnamese ancient genre of chamber music), injecting a wave of stimulation across the audience of Viet Nam's 2013 Got Talent contest. In the middle of the song Ngoi Tua Song Dao(Sitting beside the window), her singing switches to English, which surprises an already delighted audience even more. Nguyen Thuy Hanh, the only female judge in the contest, said she would fall for Anh if she were a man. The eighteen-year-old is the seventh generation of a reputable ca tru family in the capital. In 1995, Kieu Anh's family was invited to perform abroad and they delighted the world with their style of folk music. "I grew up with the sound of castanets and with each of my family members singing ca tru. It's the most wonderful sound I've ever heard. When I went to school my classmates asked me about ca tru since they knew … [Read more...] about Ca tru songstress takes world music by storm