Korean Culture Classes for Vietnamese Wives

Each class has about 32 participants who are the wives-to-be in South Korea. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP

We visited a class in Thanh Xuan District at a time when Vietnamese wives were learning how to prepare Kimchi (picked napa cabbage), a traditional dish of South Korea, with instructions from a native teacher. Here the instructor covered everything from the prosaic to the paramount, from Kimchi and snowy winters, to emergency numbers and dual citizenship. The participants were also provided with a "Guide to Korean Life". The booklet is filled with photos of traditional clothing, instructions on the differences between Korean and Vietnamese child-rearing, tips to deal with in-laws, and a reminder that having a refrigerator doesn’t mean one should keep food for more than a week. Seeing their eagerness for each lesson in class, we acknowledged their desire for a happy life when going with their husbands to this country which is very different from Vietnam culturally. Bui Thi Huong, a participant of the class, talked with us while preparing Kimchi. For her and those who are going … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 20-31 (daily updated)

Symphony Concert with Spanish Conductor David Gómez Ramírez Fri 30 Jan 2015, 8 pm Vietnam National Academy of Music 77 Hao Nam, Hanoi You are invited to a symphony concert with: Conductor: David Gómez Ramírez Piano Soloist: Vu Ngoc Linh and the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra Program L.V. Beethoven Overture Egmont P.I. Tchaikovsky Concerto No 1 for piano and orchestra Interval F. Mendelssohn Syphony No.3 About Conductor David Gómez Ramírez David Gómez Ramírez is one of the most promising young conductor and composer in Spain. He has been director of the Lira Saguntina Symphony Orchestra in Valencia, as well as director of the Conservatory of Music "Joaquin Rodrigo" in Sagunto, Valencia since 2007. He has been the resident conductor in Seville and Coutances (France) Orchestre. During the past seven years, he has conducted all the major Spanish orchestras and he appears as a guest conductor in Europe (Italy, France, Portugal, The Netherlands, in Asia and in South … [Read more...]

Social News 7/1

Fire burns down 12 houses in Ca Mau A gold shop in Thoi Binh District in the southern province of Ca Mau caught fire yesterday evening (January 6). The fire quickly spread to and burnt down eleven more houses nearby. At around 6:45 p.m, the fire started from Tan Phat gold shop and then quickly spread to nearby houses at Thoi Binh Market area due to strong wind. Local police sent three fire engines and many firefighters to the site. The incident caused power loss for Thoi Binh town for a short time. By 8:00 p.m, the fire was controlled. According to initial statistics, at least two gold shops and 10 houses were destroyed, causing big loss. Luckily, no human loss was reported. The investigation is being conducted. Three fishermen die of strange snails Though border safeguards in the central province of Ha Tinh yesterday rushed to save three fishermen but their efforts have been unrewarded. As being informed that three fishermen in serious condition after they ate snails, border … [Read more...]

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien listed Vietnam’s top most outstanding athletes 2014

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien is ranked the first position.

The organizational board announced top ten of Vietnam’s outstanding athletes, coaches and paralypic athletes, coaches 2014 on December 31. According to final result, swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was ranked the first in a list of top ten of most outstanding athletes, with 1077 points that brings an unexpected result compared to previous prediction. Leading experts predicted ever that Wushu athlete Duong Thuy Vi and weightlifting athlete Thach Kim Tuan would unopposed candidates for the title. Last year, Anh Vien also had been ranked the first position among Vietnam’s top outstanding athletes 2013. This is the second consecutive times that Anh Vien earned the noble title. Weightlifting coach Huynh Huu Chi was voted with 439 points as first among Vietnam’s top outstanding coaches. Swimming coach Dong Quoc Cuong stood the first position in list of Vietnam’s top outstanding paralympic coaches. Here is a list of top ten of Vietnam’s top outstanding … [Read more...]

Swimmer Anh Vien named the most outstanding athlete of the year 2014

Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien. Photo: bongda.com.vn

PANO - With 1,077 points, swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien topped the list of the top 10 athletes in 2014, according to the results of the vote counting announced on December 31st by the organizers of the votes for outstanding athletes, coaches, and athletes and coaches for disabled athletes. Anh Vien is followed by marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh, weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan, Wushu artist Duong Thuy Vi, gymnast Phan Thi Ha Thanh, sprinter Quach Thi Lan, Karatedo fighter Nguyen Hoang Nga, rider Nguyen Thi That, badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh and track and field star athlete Bui Thi Thu Thao. The top 5 coaches are Huynh Huu Chi (Ho Chi Minh City) in weightlifting, Dang Anh Tuan (An Giang) in swimming, Nguyen Thi Nhung (the General Department of Sports and Physical Training) in shooting, Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy (Hai Phong) in gymnastics and Phan Quoc Vinh (Hanoi) in Wushu. The top 5 athletes with disabilities are swimmer Vo Thanh Tung (Ho Chi Minh City), weightlifter Le Van Cong (Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...]

Anh Vien named Best Athlete of 2014

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien

(VOV) - Outstanding swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has won the title "Best Athlete of the Year", successfully defending her top list for the second time. According to the ratings announced on December 31, Vien received the highest votes with 1,077 points, followed by shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh (975 points) and weight-lifter Thach Kim Tuan (944 points). Duong Thuy Vi, who grasped the only one gold medal for Vietnam at the 17th Asian Games (Asiad) in the Republic of Korea, secured the 4th place. Other 10 ten athletes were gymnast Ha Thanh, runner Quach Thi Lan, bike racer Nguyen Thi That, and badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh. Here’s the top 10 list: 1) Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (swimming) 1,077 points 2) Hoang Xuan Vinh (shooting): 975 points 3) Thach Kim Tuan (weight-lifting): 944 points 4) Duong Thuy Vi (wushu): 678 points 5) Phan Thi Ha Thanh (gymnastics): 677 points 6) Quach Thi Lan (track-and-field): 381 points 7) Nguyen Hoang Ngan (karatedo): 228 points 8) Nguyen Thi … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s sports 2014: New wind from young generation

There are not so many impressive records of note from 2014, however, the nation’s sports sector is seeing new wind from the young generation.

ASIAD 17 in the Republic of Korea was the biggest event for the athletes, "It is a really special occasion, seeing both happy and sad moments for the Vietnamese delegation. We were unable to reach the target, but did witness serious effort in the attempt", said Mr Lam Quang Thanh, Head of the delegation. Bagging one gold, 10 silver and 25 bronze medals and placing 5th after Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar in the medals tally, Vietnamese athletes have demonstrated their power, especially the senior artists of the Olympic events. Weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan, 20, is one of them. His record of lifting 294kg had broken the events records beyond all expectations. 2014 ends smoothly for the athletes from Binh Thuan province with one gold and 2 silver at the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships held in the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace, Almaty, Kazakhstan from November 8th to 16th, with the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) selecting him as the best young … [Read more...]

This holiday season, express your gratitude for youth sports

Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien

(VOV) - As we near the end of 2014, it’s a great time to reflect on the past year and pay tribute to the things we are most grateful for— and Vietnam can be so thankful for the presence of youth sports in our children’s lives. As a nation, we should be thankful for the sports blessings that have been bestowed upon us, says Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Lam Quang Thanh. This year local youth attended the 17th Asian Games (ASIAD) in the Republic of Korea (RoK) and ranked 5th overall on the medal tally – after Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar. They won a treasure trove of 36 medals including won one gold, 10 silver and 25 bronze said Thanh, adding the athletes performed admirably and gained valuable experience, which is certain to benefit them in future competitions. It’s worth noting that the young competitors performed particularly well in swimming and weight-lifting, which bodes well for … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/12


Ha Tinh to preserve 200-year-old dwelling The Ha Tinh Museum is preparing a plan to preserve a 200-year-old "typical Vietnamese house", officials say. The museum staff said they discovered the house in mountainous Huong Son Commune, Huong Khe District during a recent investigative trip. The house is in good condition with all original structures intact, from the gate to the main building. The gate, built with laterite bricks, has complicated carvings on it. The main building includes three sections of a wooden frame that are similar to the nha ruong (wooden house with many beams and pillars) found in Hue. Traditional carvings of birds and flora were also found on the wooden beams. The house's roof is covered by the yin-yang earthen tiles and its walls are made of unbaked clay. Writer Bui Ngoc Tan passes away after long cancer fight Writer Bui Ngoc Tan, 80, passed away on Thursday after many years fighting cancer. Tan was born in 1934 in the northern city of Hai Phong. He … [Read more...]

Hai Duong wins three more golds

Hai Duong's sports delegation on December 9 competed in the events of fencing, pencak silat, rowing, archery, boxing, diving, and women's volleyball.>> Tran Thi Len wins first gold for Hai Duong>> Hai Duong delegation currently in 7th place Hai Duong's sports delegation on December 9 competed in the events of fencing, pencak silat, rowing, archery, boxing, diving, and women's volleyball at the 7th National Games and won three golds, seven silvers, and one bronze. Athletes of Hai Duong's rowing team had an excellent competition day as the finalists in seven events. Rowers Le Thi An and Nguyen Thi Trinh grabbed one gold medal in the women's lightweight coxless pair event and together with rowers Pham Thi Hue and Nguyen Thi Huu snatched another gold in the women's heavyweight coxless four event. In addition, the rowing team also pocketed three silvers and one bronze. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/12


Vietnam Idol kicks off sixth season The 6th season of Vietnamese version of the US television show American Idol has been kicked off on November 28. Viet Nam Idol features contestants between the ages of 16 and 30 who have never taken part in a singing competition. Auditions will be held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2015. The three judges will whittle the top one hundred contestants down to 16, ten, two and finally one. … [Read more...]

Social News 8/12

Traffic police officer faces investigation Police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau yesterday started an investigation into a traffic police officer who allegedly crashed his BMW into a group of militiamen while on patrol on Saturday morning, killing two and seriously injuring at least five others. The policeman was identified as Lieutenant Pham Hong Tuan of Chau Duc District's Traffic Division. According to initial reports, a group of militiamen from Lang Lon Commune and Ngai Giao Town in Chau Duc District were on patrol and had stopped by the roadside in Ngai Giao for a break. The BMW was apparently speeding and crashed directly into the group. … [Read more...]


Hanoi Urban Flea Market in December 2014 Sun 07 Dec 2014, 9 am HERO Bar 42M Yen Phu, Hanoi Hanoi Urban Flea Market - a quite-young-yet-had-some-popularity flea market in the Westlake district as well as Hanoi's expat community and youngsters. This time, in honor of the immortal holiday spirit, we've come to decide to expand our market in both quality and quantity. Ticket price: 10,000 VND Exhibition "The Cosmos and The Sea" Opening: Thu 04 Dec 2014, 6 pm (at both gallery spaces) Main gallery: 04 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015 … [Read more...]

Social News 24/11


Hanoi to host Asia-Pacific Disability Forum Conference The 2014 Asia & Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Conference will be held in Hanoi from November 26 to 28 as an appropriate celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3). The Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD) told a press conference in Hanoi on November 21 that the biennial event is to review the progress made on the realization of the rights of people with disabilities set in a strategy reached at the first APDF in Incheon, the Republic of Korea in 2012. … [Read more...]

Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in HCM City on Monday. … [Read more...]