From ‘nothing' to The Voice Vietnam champ
He doesn't have much experience singing, dancing or composing, but 18-year-old student Nguyen Duc Phuc still won The Voice Vietnam 2015 with his surprisingly emotive voice last Sunday. He earned 49.25 per cent of the audience's votes.
Chef describes her special Jewel in Lotus dish
Phan Ngoc Anh, who trained as an artist and now works as an editor, is also a renowned home cook. She has written two best-selling cookery books and is the author of the Facebook blog E-sheep Kitchen.
Professor Tran Thu Ha is chairwoman of the third Ha Noi International Piano Competition (HIPC), held at Viet Nam National Academy of Music (VNAM) from September 4 to 11. Nguyen Thuy Binh speaks to Professor Ha about the contest and Vietnamese musicians' chances.
Translator stays true to original Heine poems
For the first time, the entire 67-poem Lyrical Intermezzo from renowned German author Heinrich Heine's collection Book of Songs have been translated into Vietnamese. Nguyen Thu Hien speaks with translator Chu Thu Phuong, a diplomat who spent years living in Germany, about her recent work.
Book collector opens architecture library
Twenty-nine year-old Nguyen Cong Hiep has collected books on architecture ever since he was a student. With about 1,000 books, he opened a library in April, 2014. It is the first private architecture book library in the country open to the public.
Athlete sprints from rural Viet Nam to Rio
Nguyen Thi Huyen was the only athlete at the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore to win three gold medals, set two SEA Games records and meet the qualifying standards for the World Championships and Olympics in two individual events.
Nguyen Vu Minh Quan, an RMIT graduate with a background in tourism,started an educational, environmentally friendly farm. Bo Xuan Hiep spoke with Quan about his business, through which he hopes to raise awareness aboutsustainable agriculture practices.
Communicating between cultures with cuisine
Hong Kong-born chef Susur Lee created an international restaurant empire over a four-decade career. He's finally brought his brand to Viet Nam in the form of Tung Lok Heen, a luxurious Chinese eatery. Thuy Hang reports.
A mission to help students study, succeed
Seventy-five-year-old Nguyen Tien Minh, a retired teacher dedicated to helping poor students attend school, tells Bui Quynh Hoa that his happiness does not depend on people's appreciation or merit certificates, but on his students' success in learning and in life.
Composer Nguyen Duy Thinh of the Tay Bac School of Culture and Arts is among a small group of musicians who can compose folk music and play the dan bau (monochord) well.
Female DJ looks to change public perceptions
Phan Ngoc Anh was the first DJ to organise a live show in Da Nang last year. In the circuit since 2009, Ngoc Anh has emerged as one of the top female DJs in Viet Nam. She spoke to Nguyen Thuy Binh about doing well in ‘complicated environments.'


Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh

Wiping sweat from his forehead, 36-year-old Trinh Duc Sang took big strides along a road covered with muddy coal sludge and dirt to the place that was his home until just three weeks ago. He climbed a rickety ladder that buckled under his weight to reach his neigh-bour's house overlooking a creek. From there, he crossed into his old home.

Doctors treat patients for free at clinic in Ha Noi Doctors treat patients for free at clinic in Ha Noi

For more than 20 years, Dang Thi Nhan, 67, has been waking up about 30 minutes earlier each day to bake cakes or prepare tea for two retired doctors in a clinic near her house in Ha Noi's Giap Bat Ward.

Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam 1    Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam

Pham Ba Lu swore thousands of times that he "would not live under the same sky as the United States".

Water resources, eroding land need saving Water resources, eroding land need saving

Water management has become a major topic of discussion in recent years among Viet Nam's lawmakers, experts and society. The country has been struggling to deal with water-related issues such as a rising sea level, land subsidence and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta. Lawmakers and experts shared their views on water management with Viet Nam News reporters Thu Van and Hoang Anh.