Kaleidoscope (May 17, 2015)

Update: May, 17/2015 - 00:42

by Thu Anh

Women climbing career ladder in booming economy

Like many young Vietnamese women involved in business, Vo Thi Ngoc Huyen, owner of a cosmetic company in HCM City, loves to face a new challenge.

The 21-year-old says that traditional ideas on women have changed, creating openings for young women at work instead of only at home. These women are at the frontlines of building the country's economy.

"I'm trying to add my name to the list," says Huyen.

Huyen's company, Huyen Co, expands its shops and agents of more than a hundred nationwide and employing a full-time and part-time staff of over 500, many of whom live in remote provinces like Gia Lai, her native land.

Her company involves in cosmetic and beauty care manufacturing.

"Women now can do anything that men can achieve," she says.

Huyen began her own business in late 2010 after spending years of working for her family's company in Gia Lai.

The environment and its challenges captivated her so much that she decided to open her company without hesitation, she recalls.

Huyen, in co-operation with her parents and friends, opened Huyen Co with a staff of only five and found quickly that most customers, including young women, had supported her services. "This belief helped us to improve," she says.

With the goal of building her brand in the local market, Huyen has worked with her partners to marketing and offer her company's natural skincare products in the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and the US.

"Doing business well requires flexibility. Our businesswomen can do that," says Huyen, in her recent interview with the Gia Lai online newspaper.

Huyen says that she wants to create jobs for young women, particularly for poor labourers so they can earn a stable income to support their family.

Last year, she received the title "Vietnamese Businesspeople in the 21st Century" and "Youngest Businesspeople" presented by the Viet Nam Association of Small and Medium-size Enterprises.

The expressions often used in Viet Nam to describe such women like Huyen are "global women" or "Generation 8X-9X" (born in the 1980s-90s), the latter referring to that group of people who have taken advantage of expanded economic and social opportunities not available to previous generations.

Drama troupe offers free training for young artists

"To maintain the stage, we need more young, skilled performers," said People's Artist Hong Van of HCM City, owner of Hong Van Drama Troupe, a leading private theatre.

Her troupe is offering training courses in performance skills as the number of talented actors has declined in recent years.

"Our troupe's new plays were challenging for the young staff," said Van, a veteran actor who spent more than 20 years on the stage.

"We have a small group of young artists who have poor performance and life skills," she added.

Van said her troupe's training courses would give young participants a chance to discover new techniques and ways of expressing themselves emotionally on stage.

The troupe also provides students a chance to perform with veteran colleagues, including their teachers, on stage during their training.

Before joining the training courses, candidates aged between 22 and 26, will spend selective rounds hosted by the theatre's veteran artists.

The winners will work as professional artists while attending class, and will have opportunities to perform in the theatre's serious plays and comedies.

Van said she was confident that the students could be trained for different levels of performance.

This year, their first three-year course concluded, which trained 18 young actors who have performed in the troupe's latest plays and comedies, including Nguoi Dan Ba Uong Ruou (The Drunk Woman) and Ga Thi Thuong (The Bonus).

"We asked our students to spend at least three years to study the theatre because with less time artists will have not enough to improve their skills," said theatre director and comic actor Minh Nhi of Hong Van Drama Troupe.

The troupe also provides students a chance to perform with veteran colleagues, including their teachers, on stage during their training.

"On stage, they can learn that theatre is not a game. Without hard work and sacrifices, they will never become professional even if they have talent," Minh said.

His best students, including Hoang Nhan, Thuy My and Khanh Ly, have performed in dramas and won plaudits from audiences.

"Offering professional drama training is part of our theatre's activities so that one day we can be recognised as a speciality art centre," said Van. — VNS