Rice is an Asian staple, an indispensable part of every meal for millions. And Asia's diverse cultures have distinct rice varieties and rice dishes that they favor. Korea has Korean mixed rice, China is proud of Yangzhou fried rice, Vietnam has cơm chiên cá mặn (fried rice with salted fish), and so on. With the huge worldwide popularity and recognition that pizza and pasta have attained, it is sometimes overlooked that Italy has superb rice dishes as well. Italian chefs pay a lot of attention to their rice dishes, known as risotto. Risotto is a dish that Asian customers will enjoy, because it has rich flavors and tastes different from their own delectable dishes. The rice used to prepare risotto must be short, round and rich in high-starch (amylopectin), having the ability to absorb liquids and release starch and so they get stickier and more delicious than the long grain varieties. Italian rice dishes, cooked right, are crunchy. Risotto can be cooked in many ways. Typical … [Read more...] about Rice, Mamma Mia!
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Moviegoers in Ho Chi Minh City didn't have many theaters to choose from until 2002, when the government started opening up the movie industry and allowed private companies to build new cinemas. The state-funded Giai Phong Film Studio seized the chance and tied up with a private company to open Cinebox, a cinema with two screens. Film buffs flock to the box office at Galaxy Cinema in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1. … [Read more...] about Let’s go to the movie
The film adaptation of the famed musical acts well enough to overcome its slapdash production, delivering whimsical joys to the uninitiated. The stage is set for Sophie's dream wedding on a beautiful Greek island to the man she loves. The one thing that would make it perfect would be to have her father walk her down the aisle. The only problem is she doesn't know who her father is! After sneaking through her mother's diary, she finds three men that could be her father. Not sure who to invite, she simply invites all of them - without telling her mother! When her mother finds these three remnants from the wild days of her past at the wedding, sparks and hilarity ensue. From where I'm sitting "Mamma Mia!" is the big-screen adaptation of the West End musical smash of the same name. In 1997, Catherine Johnson was commissioned to write the script for a musical that collected Swedish pop-group ABBA's hit songs into one story. Stage veteran Phyllida Lloyd was brought on to direct, and a … [Read more...] about Mamma Mia! Messy but marvelous
With the price of artistic performances staged by foreign troupes in China about ten times that of Chinese performances staged overseas, the nation is endeavoring to reduce the cultural trade deficit by boosting the competitiveness of its artistic exports. According to a 2008 United Nations report, China exported the largest number of cultural productions as early as 2005, making up about one fifth of the global market. But data shows revenue from Chinese commercial performances staged overseas is less than 100 million U.S. dollars a year, which is less than the annual revenue of one well-known foreign circus. Although the number of exported Chinese cultural products increases year on year, the trade deficit in the sector persists. Wu Huanqing, a long-time observer of China's cultural industry, said the deficit has long existed and can be traced back to the beginning of the reform and opening-up. "For historical reasons, China didn't attach much importance to -- or even ignored -- … [Read more...] about China to reduce cultural trade deficit, boost artistic exports
The average age of the 20 nominees for individual awards at the 2008 Oscars was 40. Among them, there were two of over 80 years old and three of over 60. At the 2009 Oscars, many senior actors and actresses were nominated. But that is in the US. In Vietnam, there are few opportunities for actors over 30 and singers over 40. Is this a waste of talent? It is. But how can it be dealt with when the target audience of show-biz is youth?The worldLooking at the list of nominees for 2009 Oscars, one notices the name of Meryl Streep. At the age of 60, she is being nominated for an Oscar for the Best Actress the 15th time. Meryl Streep was in the top ten female artists who had the highest incomes in 2008, with $16 million, ranking above Angelina Jolie with $14 million.Is the US cinema industry too old? No, because Hollywood has never lacked young stars like Scarlet Johansson, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway and teen-stars like Daniel Radcliffe, Miley Cyrus, Ashley Olsen, etc. But these young … [Read more...] about Short lifespan of Vietnamese artists