Vietnam beauty queen faces criticism for her outfit Vu Hoang Diep, the first Vietnamese woman to win a major beauty contest, the 2009 Miss International Beauty, faced public criticism for her "shocking" jeans, after the images were captured by two Singaporean newspapers. Two news and entertainment newspapers in Singapore, The Straits Times and AsiaOne, captured some photos of Diep in which she was wearing torn jeans and a very short t-shirt at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City. The headline in the Straits Times read, "Would you wear this? Vietnamese beauty queen's daring outfit draws stares of disbelief", included a comment that "She proved she could also turn heads off-stage." According to the article, "One woman was so shocked by the beauty queen's outfit, she was caught staring with her mouth wide open." Some people said that the clothes were a way for her to show off her figure, while many others said she should have paid more attention to her dress, especially as … [Read more...] about Beauty queen faces criticism for her outfit
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Hanoi hosts first experimental music fest The Ha Noi New Music Festival 2013 will feature more than 50 Vietnamese and international musicians from the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Scandinavian nations who will perform in different venues. In addition to electro-acoustic music, a range of contemporary chamber music will also be performed at the festival. Vietnamese musician Vu Nhat Tan is expected to present his new commissioned composition at the Ha Noi New Music Festival 2013. Apart from the concerts, festival goers will also be able to see interactive music productions, improvisations, music installations and music theatre in the city. With "The Blind Spot" as its title, organisers said the festival not only seeks to change the invisibility of contemporary music on the local scene, filling the gaps in knowledge, but also generate synergetic effects to strengthen musical infrastructures between Viet Nam and the world. Hub for Experimental Music&Art, which is organising … [Read more...] about Art & Entertainment Highlights for November 27
VietNamNet Bridge - More and more photos of the people and the country of Vietnam have appeared at international photo contests. Photographers from different countries have endless inspiration for Vietnam. A reluctant hello: A shy young boy from a small mountain village in northern Vietnam chose to hide in the trees and observe from a distance as his friends surrounded me, calling out the familiar "Hello!"s that travelers to Vietnam so enjoy, by Dave Mercer (Canadian). Rice reflection: I was walking from town to town and saw landscapes full of lovely rice-fields. I thought they would serve well as a reflective surface for a nice sunset or landscape. Only a moment later there was a person walking on the border of a rice-field. I took my camera and did not shoot the person, but her reflection in the rice-field. Afterwards I turned it upside-down which gave me this result, by Adriaan Devillé (Belgium). A veteran in Hue City by Sergio Díaz Fernández … [Read more...] about Vietnamese people through the lens of foreign photographers
While investors welcome the decision by the American, Japanese and other governments to pump money into big corporations and leading banks, taxpayers are extremely concerned about these bailout packages. Should workers endorse the government's use of public money to save large corporations whose owners and CEOs had enjoyed multimillion-dollar bonuses and then pushed the world economy to the brink of collapse? They themselves are struggling with inflation, unemployment, loss of homes, and being pushed out on the streets, but no one offers them any bailout packages. An entry posted on Laborhome.org, a forum of British workers, recently compared using taxpayers' money to save banks and other companies to people having a big bash and asking their poor neighbors to pick up the tab. Capitalists have only seen their profits dip but not lost personal assets due to the economic crisis. To hold on to their profits, they have cut jobs, production, and investment. It is the working class … [Read more...] about Victims of financial crisis or capitalism?
A Vietnamese adventure: Gourmet delights and new adventures in a rising Asian idyll My first time in Vietnam, and driving in from Hanoi Airport in the gloom of pre-daylight I felt elated, almost like being 20 again and staying out till dawn. Rock stars: The limestone formations of Ha Long Bay are among Vietnam's main attractions. I was still sleepy, though, with half the night lost to the time-change, and glad enough to crawl under a crisp, white king-size duvet for an hour or so at the Movenpick Hotel – which offered calm luxury and a great, late breakfast – before sallying out to explore. Rock stars: The limestone formations of Ha Long Bay are among Vietnam's main attractions With six million people and three million motorbikes, Hanoi certainly hums. Girls ride the bikes, their long hair flying out from helmets, and couples pin toddlers between them. It's a thrilling, throbbing, moped-dodging city – and a challenge to life and limb. I saw noodle-cooking on … [Read more...] about A Vietnamese adventure: Gourmet delights and new adventures in a rising Asian idyll