Traditional musician Mai Dinh Toi devoted an entire year making small changes to Viet Nam's one-string traditional instrument dan bau, often used in folk music performances and as an accompaniment at poetry readings.
Alley 96 in HCM City's Phan Dinh Phung Street is now known as
"charity alley". At its entrance, an ice-tea bucket has been placed for
use by lottery ticket sellers, pedicab drivers and vendors.
Four years ago, Frenchman James Christopher quit his $100,000 job as a
managing director for a computer company in Paris to come to Viet Nam
to fulfill his dream of becoming a Buddhist monk.
People in Nhon Ai Commune often see a young man selling lottery
tickets every day to feed his seriously ill mother. At 7am, he says
goodbye to his mum, who tells him to take care of the money that he
earns that day.
"Foreigners know us through their friends' recommendations or our
website at www.saigonhotpot.vn or tripadvisor.com.vn," said Vu Thi To
Quyen, 21, the club's chair and a fourth-year student at International
University under the Viet Nam National University, HCM City.
An 83-year-old Ca Tu villager, who lives in the central coastal
province of Quang Nam, has spent years making musical instruments and
teaching youth about the songs and epics of the ethnic Ca Tu people.
HCM City-based drama troupes will stage several award-winning plays
in the city and neighbouring provinces during Tet (Lunar New Year),
particularly in rural areas with fewer entertainment choices.
Du, 64, has loved music for as long as he can remember. He received
his first guitar lesson from his older brother, musician Dung Dat.
Every day, he spent several hours in his room practicing while his
friends went out to play games.
Students at HCM City schools have been more than thrilled to play
thespian for the day in the Rhino at School programme that kicked off
last Monday, organised by the US-based WildAid, African Wildlife
Foundation and the CHANGE Centre, a Vietnamese non-profit organisation.
Ten years ago, the Blood Donation Centre in HCM City made an urgent
call at 10pm to ask a motorbike-taxi driver if he could rush to Thong
Nhat Hospital to donate blood for a patient undergoing stomach surgery.