Private art troupes have been striving for years to promote the
traditional arts as a tourist attraction. Though they have had good
results in recent years, amateurish pretenders and poor marketing among
local tour companies have often held them back.
A Vietnamese artist showcased 45 of her paintings at an exhibition
last week (March 21-23) in Berlin to raise funds for poor children in
Tran Minh Tuan, a student at Ngo Quyen High school in Bien Hoa City,
is one of the many seniors who have been looking for books at new and
Nguyen Thuy Dung, an art manager for a Japanese-based advertising
agency, likes challenges, works hard and provides for herself, saying
that her trips at home and abroad make her life meaningful.
Many public venues in HCM City do not have ramps or spaces that
accommodate wheelchairs, and only two routes are served by buses with
lifts or ramps, according to the HCM City Disability Research and
Capacity Development (DRD) Centre.
My and other students at Tan Thanh B School in Binh Tan District
in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Vinh Long are among the
beneficiaries of the library-donation programme.
Two Vietnamese sisters, Dinh Thi Xa, 102, and Dinh Thi Long, 94, have
been recognised as Viet Nam's oldest sisters by the Viet Nam Book of
To show gratitude to their parents, Tien Giang Province native
Nguyen Van Chien, along with his two brothers, one of whom has since
died, decided to stop cutting their hair when they were very young.
The 28-year-old man, who suffers from brittle bone disease, said his first book, Khong The Vo (Unbreakable), has sparked a chord in the physically disabled, encouraging them to be brave and stay strong.
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.