What is the status of Vietnamese contemporary art?

A painting by Le Thanh Son.

VietNamNet Bridge – Every field has its "tycoons", including the world of art. Famous contemporary painters have made enormous sums of money, but there is little information about them in newspapers. Sometimes you can read a short piece of news about a Vietnamese painter whose artworks were auctioned overseas. However, according to the professionals in the industry, the sale of paintings and development trends of art are different. The painting market in Vietnam boomed in the early 90s and lasted until the early 2000. The ranking of Vietnamese contemporary artists began to be distinguished clearly, not by local experts, but by foreign galleries or international exhibitions. The value of a painting might reach a towering number. The change in the art market created a new vitality in the art scene. In that context, promising faces became hot names, including Pham Luan, Le Thanh Son, Hong Viet Dung, Nguyen Thanh Binh, Do Quang Em, Ha Tri Hieu, Dang Xuan Hoa, and Dinh … [Read more...]

NA releases outcomes of second confidence vote

VGP - The National Assembly on Saturday conducted the second vote of confidence for 50 positions elected by the Legislature. No.NameHigh confidenceConfidenceLow confidenceVotesVotesVotes1 State President Truong Tan Sang38084202 Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan302168153 National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung34093524 National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu344124145 National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan3908696 National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong325127317 National Assembly Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son295159288 Chairman of the NA Science, Technology and Environment Committee Phan Xuan Dung212248239 Chairman of the NA Economic Committee Nguyen Van Giau3171551210 Chairman of the NA External Relations Committee Tran Van Hang2841831311 Chairman of the NA People's Aspiration Committee Nguyen Duc Hien2252283012 Chairman of the NA Finance-Budget Committee Phung Quoc Hien3151482013 Chairman of the NA Justice Committee Nguyen Van Hien2032453614 Chairman of … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/8

Vietnamese crowned Miss Asian America Jennifer Chung beat out 20 other Asian beauties and was crowned Miss Asian America on August 3 in San Francisco the US. The 21-year-old is ethnically Vietnamese and resides in San Jose, CA. She is 1m76 tall, weighs 53kg and measures 84-62-94. Miss Chung is currently a student at San Francisco State University majoring in Business Administration. She has extensive hands-on experience in business operations, sales and marketing, having started a family business, Forever Beaumore Cosmetics Inc. … [Read more...]

Guot Weaving

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Local records say that residents in Luu Thuong Hamlet of Phu Tuc Village have practised the craft of Guot weaving since the 17th century, which later was expanded to the surrounding areas. However, the craft has developed strongly since the 90s with an expanded scale of production. To date, eight hamlets of Phu Tuc Village with about 7,754 laborers are making Guot articles. Luu Thuong Hamlet alone, for example, with 400 households and over 1,400 laborers, has more than 70 percent of its population making items from Guot plants. According to 70-year-old artisan Nguyen Van Thong, in the past the villagers used to make household and farming items, but today they make various products for local consumption and also for export. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 2/7

Guard dies after falling down elevator shaft The guard of an 11-storey apartment building in Ha Noi's Trung Hoa- Nhan Chinh area died this morning after he fell down into an open elevator shaft. The 50-year-old victim, Tran Anh Tuan, reportedly went to the seventh floor of building N5A with some others to check the elevator which was not working. He entered the shaft without realising that the elevator cabin was not there, but on the first floor, and fell into the shaft. Tuan was declared dead at the scene. … [Read more...]

Has VN entered the middle-income trap?

Compiled by Le Hung Vong Becoming a middle-income country has brought enormous challenges for Viet Nam, including the danger of getting caught in the so-called middle-income trap. The issue of whether the country has already fallen into the trap has sparked much debate in the past few weeks. Japanese expert Kenichi Ohno has said it has but local economist Nguyen Minh Phong said since Viet Nam has been a middle-income country for just three years, it cannot be considered to have fallen into the trap. At a seminar organised by the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission in Ha Noi early last week, Ohno, who has spent over 20 years studying Viet Nam's economic issues, said: "I know experts do not share my viewpoint, but to me the middle-income trap is a tendency rather than an exact point of time." He said policymaking in Viet Nam is different and does not follow international criteria, and urged the Government to change this and be more proactive. Tran Dinh Thien, … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 21/3

Ha Noi blogger Pham Viet Dao has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to abusing his rights to freedom and democracy.

Ha Noi blogger to spend 15 months in jail for slander The court ruled that his actions had infringed upon State interests, rights and legitimate interests of organisations or citizens under Article 258 of the Penal Code. The jail term will starts from the date he was detained on June 13, 2013, the court ruled. The indictment read that Dao, 62, residing in Buoi ward, Tay Ho district, authored three blogs -Phamvietdao3.blogspot.com, Phamvietdao4.blogspot.com and Chientranhtrungviet.blogspot.com - on which he posted 91 articles slandering the Party and State. At the yesterday's trial in the capital city, Dao admitted his guilt, saying his actions were a result of a lack of awareness of the law. He promised not to repeat his actions. Dao has 15 days to appeal the verdict. 200kg of black coral seized in Quang Binh Police in the central province of Quang Binh seized 239 kilos of black coral transported by car on Tuesday. Tran Anh Tuan, the driver, said that the cargo was … [Read more...]

Opening Nguyen Tieu poetry-festival in the Spring of Giap Ngo Lunar New Year

Spectacle of the 34th Nguyen Tieu poetry-festival in Phu Yen province

On the full moon night of January lunar year (February 14th), the aforementioned festival opening on top of Nhan mountain (Tuy Hoa city). Shortly after the opening is the 34th traditional poetry-night. The program consists of 2 parts with the two themes of "Youth and Fatherland", "The spring beauty in Phu Yen land", introducing over 20 works full of emotion on the country and spring identity on Phu Yen land, including the poems Dat nuoc (Nguyen Dinh Thi poet), Nga ba dat nuoc (Nguyen Hong Vinh poet), Tieng chuong chua giua dai duong (Phan Hoang poet), the song To quoc nhin tu bien (poetry: Nguyen Viet Chien, music: Quynh Hop) and a number of works by Phu Yen poets writers as Ma Joan, Tran Buong, Le Duc Hien, Luu Phuc, Thu Hong ... As a cultural activity with a special meaning for those who love poetry, the Festival, organized by Phu Yen provincial Literature and Art Association, took place in the two nights of January 15th and 16th in the lunar year (ie February 14th and 15th), … [Read more...]

Anti-corruption measures not strict enough to curb violations

Local residents in central Thanh Hoa Province's Cam Thuy District dug for drums containing expired chemicals and pesticides at Nicotex Thanh Thai JSC. Environmental violation was also one of the issues raised in the NA's meeting yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trinh Duy Hung

HA NOI (VNS) — Most lawmakers agreed the number of corruption cases brought before the public's eye was merely a drop in the ocean, and current anti-corruption measures were not strict enough to serve as effective deterrents. National Assembly deputies continued their work yesterday to discuss the prevention and fight against violations and crimes. Examining anti-corruption work yesterday, Deputy Le Nhu Tien from central Quang Tri Province said official efforts had yet to meet voters' expectations. While anti-corruption agencies spanned from central to grassroots levels, the press and ordinary citizens had uncovered most corruption cases, he said. There is growing concern about the fight against corruption among National Assembly deputies He raised concerns regarding the increasing reluctance of whistle blowers to raise their voices. The negligence of authorities and delayed action on reported cases left them vulnerable to reprisals and discouraged their peers, Tien said. The … [Read more...]

What’s on July 2013 (Daily updated)

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MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES Hanoi - "HYPNOSIS"- a Zentangle Workshop and Performance Madake, 81 Xuan Dieu Street Workshop and Experimental performance: July 27, 2pm, Works display: July 27 - Aug 10 Zentangle workshop "HYPNOSIS" is organized for the first time in Hanoi with the guiding of young henna & Zentangle artist Phuong - Mad Meo. This is a chance for young people to learn about a new form of drawing using simple shapes, patterns to create paintings with attractive motifs, fancy, emotional and creative. Workshop, from 2pm to 5pm. For registered members only Experimental performance: From 8pm to 10pm. Free entry. Free henna painting and Zentangle tattoo design Lucky draw with coupon For more information, please contact: Vuong Bich Ngoc: vuongngoc.bts@gmail.com. Hanoi-Music Night to Celebrate Cuban Revolution July 26, 8.30 pm, ATK, 73a Mai Hac De Street Featuring some the city's best and most enthusiastic salsa dancers for a salsa session with JC Smith providing the … [Read more...]

Leaders survive first ever confidence vote

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All 47 officials holding positions elected or approved by the National Assembly (NA) have passed the first ever vote of confidence during the 13th legislature's fifth session in Hanoi. Illustrative image (Photo: VNA) The June 10 confidence vote specified three degrees - high confidence, confidence, and low confidence. The results were announced on June 11 as follows: 1. Truong Tan Sang, President: 330 high confidence votes (accounting for 66.27 percent of total NA deputies); 133 confidence votes (26.71 percent); 28 low confidence votes (5.62 percent). 2. Nguyen Thi Doan, Vice President: 263 (52.81 percent); 215 (43.17 percent); 13 (2.61 percent). 3. Nguyen Sinh Hung, NA Chairman: 328 (65.86 percent); 139 (27.91 percent); 25 (5.02 percent). 4. Uong Chu Luu, Vice NA Chairman: 323 (64.86 percent); 155 (31.12 percent); 13 (2.61 percent). 5. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Vice NA Chairwoman: 372 (74.7 percent); 104 (20.88 percent); 14 (2.81 percent). 6. Tong Thi Phong, Vice NA … [Read more...]

NA announces vote of confidence results

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All 47 officials holding positions elected or approved by the National Assembly (NA) have passed the first ever vote of confidence during the 13th legislature's fifth session in Hanoi. The June 10 confidence vote specified three degrees - high confidence, confidence, and low confidence. The results were announced on June 11 as follows: 1. Truong Tan Sang, President: 330 high confidence votes (accounting for 66.27 percent of total NA deputies); 133 confidence votes (26.71 percent); 28 low confidence votes (5.62 percent). 2. Nguyen Thi Doan, Vice President: 263 (52.81 percent); 215 (43.17 percent); 13 (2.61 percent). 3. Nguyen Sinh Hung, NA Chairman: 328 (65.86 percent); 139 (27.91 percent); 25 (5.02 percent). 4. Uong Chu Luu, Vice NA Chairman: 323 (64.86 percent); 155 (31.12 percent); 13 (2.61 percent). 5. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Vice NA Chairwoman: 372 (74.7 percent); 104 (20.88 percent); 14 (2.81 percent). 6. Tong Thi Phong, Vice NA Chairwoman: 322 (64.66 percent); 145 … [Read more...]

NA announces results of confidence vote of 47 officials

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Nhan Dan Online - On the morning of June 11, the National Assembly (NA) adopted a resolution on the results of the first vote of confidence on 47 officials holding positions elected or ratified by the legislature. Previously, Head of the NA Voting Committee Do Van Chien announced the outcomes of the first vote of confidence. The votes specify three degrees of confidence - high, medium and low. Accordingly, no senior leaders had over 50% of low-confidence vote. President Truong Tan Sang had 330 votes of high confidence, 133 votes of confidence and 28 votes of low confidence out of 492 votes. The high-confidence, confidence and low-confidence votes for NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung are 328, 139 and 25, and for Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung are 210, 122 and 160 respectively. NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung noted with satisfaction that the NA has completed its tasks of representing people across the country to cast the first votes of confidence on 47 officials. The vote was conducted … [Read more...]

Deputies have confidence in high ranking officials, votes show

For the first time, deputies cast confidence votes on the performance of 47 top officials elected or approved by the National Assembly. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang

Results of the votes of confidence for 47 officials holding positions elected or approved by the legislature were announced this morning at the National Assembly meeting. The confidence votes, with three degrees: high confidence, confidence and low confidence, were carried out yesterday afternoon. Among the positions subject to the vote were President, Vice President, NA Chairman, NA Vice chairpersons and other high ranks. National Assembly Deputy Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan gained the most high confidence votes with 372 ballots. Governor of the State Bank of Viet Nam Nguyen Van Binh had the highest number of low confidence votes with 209 ballots. The Assembly this morning passed a resolution on the results of the vote with over 94 per cent of 477 deputies agreeing to the draft version. Speaking at the session, Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said deputies had completed an important mission for the country and the people. "The vote of confidence has reflected exactly the … [Read more...]

Results of confidence votes on 47 key officials announced

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On June 11, the results of the votes of confidence on 47 key officials were announced by the National Assembly, with all the positions gaining the confidence. Photo: laodong.com.vn After that, the NA adopted a resolution on the results. The specific results are listed below. Names Positions Number of votes High confidence Confidence Low confidence Truong Tan Sang State President 330 (66,27%) 133 (26,71%) 28 (5,62%) Nguyen Thi Doan Vice State President 263 (52,81%) 215 (43,17%) 13 (2,61%) Nguyen Sinh Hung NA Chairman 328 (65,68%) 139 (27,91%) 25 (5,02%) Uong Chu Luu Vice NA Chairman 323 (64,86%) 155 (31,12%) 13 (2,61%) Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan Vice NA Chairwoman 372 (74,7%) 104 (20,88%) 14 (2,81%) Tong Thi Phong Vice NA Chairwoman 322 (64,66%) 145 (29,12%) 24 (4,82%) Huynh Ngoc Son Vice NA Chairman 252 (50,6%) 217 (43,17%) 22 (4,42%) Phan Xuan Dung Chairman of the NA Committee of Science, Technology and Environment 234 (46,99%) 235 … [Read more...]

Detailed outcomes of first vote of confidence

VGP - The results of the first ever vote of confidence for 47 key positions were released on Tuesday morning by the Chief of the National Asssembly's Voting Committee, Mr. Do Van Chien. No. Name and title Vote Valid votes Invalid votes High confidence Confidence Low-confidence 1 State President Truong Tan Sang 491 0 330 (66.27%) 133 (26.71%) 28 (5.62%) 2 Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan 491 0 263 (52.81%) 215 (43.17%) 13 (2.61%) 3 National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung 492 0 328 (65.86%) 139 ( 27.91%) 25 ( 5.02%) 4 National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu 491 1 323 (64.86%) 155 (31.12%) 13 ( 2.61%) 5 National Assembly Vice Chairman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan 490 2 372 (74.7%) 104 (20.88%) 14 (2.81%) 6 National Assembly Vice Chairman Tong Thi Phong 491 1 322 (64.66%) 145 (29.12%) 24 ( 4.82%) 7 National Assembly Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son 491 1 252 (50.6%) 217 (43.57%) 22 ( … [Read more...]