Back to English Comments News - October 8, 2018 | 09:20 am GMT+7 National Geographic photojournalist Catherine Karnow’s unique works are well known, but not many know why she’s drawn so much to Vietnam. American Catherine Karnow has been a household name in Vietnam for sometime now, but what kept her returning to the country for almost three decades has not drawn much attention. “It was literally because of General Giap that I came to Vietnam for the first time. I think it was ‘duyen’,” Catherine said, using the Vietnamese word for fate.She was already a professional photographer working on assignments and editorial and corporate projects when she first came to Vietnam in 1990, but it was not until she began photographing General Vo Nguyen Giap that she rose to stardom in Vietnamese eyes. She had the privilege of getting close to Giap thanks to her father, Stanley Karnow, a journalist and a Pulitzer-winning author whose … [Read more...] about It was destiny: How Catherine Karnow became a household name in Vietnam – VnExpress International
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Language as extreme sport: Youngsters square off in U.S. spelling bee Robert Foster of Kensington, Maryland, reacts after correctly spelling a word during the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Maryland, U.S. May 29, 2018 - PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - At the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee this week, hundreds of youngsters will compete in a uniquely American contest that has been likened to an intellectual extreme sport, involving one of the world’s most tricky languages. The competitors, some as young as 8 years old, face a three-day obstacle course through the English language, a mash-up of Germanic and French words laced with borrowings from tongues around the world. Any of 470,000 entries in the “Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary” is fair game. Their challenge is to outlast the field by coming up with the correct spelling of obscure words that often feature any one of a number of letter combinations that form identical … [Read more...] about Language as extreme sport: Youngsters square off in U.S. spelling bee
Carolyn is wearing a Vietnamese conical hat. A blue stamp In her stamp collection, Carolyn is particularly interested in a small Vietnamese stamp that depicts a blue dragon on a red background. At 12 years old, the little girl asked her father “Where in the world is Vietnam?” She was too young to figure out the location of the country but for some unknown reason, Carolyn had “a good feeling about Vietnam”. In 1967 when she was a third-year student at the State University of New York, Carolyn was allowed to choose to study in any country she wanted over the course of the next two years. She chose France and it was the first opportunity for her to learn more about Vietnam. “I thought Vietnamese students were the best. My French teachers also said the same. Any educated American knows that Vietnamese students are very smart. It is one of the things, other than the war, that Americans know about Vietnam.” At that time, America was in the middle of the … [Read more...] about An American woman’s spiritual bond with Vietnam
A Letter Home is a homestay accommodation provider, a patisserie, café, and bookshop.“In addition to sharing information, letter writing can be useful in minimizing personal conflicts. When you put something down on paper, the world seems to slow down, and any anger you feel will begin to fade”, said Nguyen Thi Da Thuong, who organized the exhibition. An old book collector and reporter, Thuong has met many intellectuals, book collectors, and families that possess huge book collections. They often possess letters they have preserved through generations. Some still write letters as a habit. Thuong finds such a natural, quiet, and beautiful habit very moving."During the collecting process, I’ve found some valuable hand-written letters. Some families I know have been communicating by letter for generations. After years of collecting letters, I wanted to share this beauty with other people in Hanoi.", said Thuong.Unlike art exhibitions, “A Letter Home” … [Read more...] about Hand-written letter exhibition awakes reminicenses
VietNamNet Bridge - While agreeing that it is necessary to set higher requirements on candidates for professorship titles, some scientists say the requirements are unreasonable. One of the requirements is that candidates must have certain numbers for ISI/Scopus articles. The requirement is applied to candidates in natural and social sciences. According to Dr Tran Trong Duong from the Institute of Han-Nom Studies (Han is classical Chinese used in Vietnam and Nom is vernacular logographic Vietnamese script), there are two serious problems. One of the requirements is that candidates must have certain numbers for ISI/Scopus articles. The requirement is applied to candidates in natural and social sciences. First, MOET (the Ministry of Education and Training) applies the same requirements for both scientists in natural and in social sciences. While the numbers of ISI/Scopus articles are used to measure the qualifications of scientists in natural sciences, in social sciences, only two … [Read more...] about Education Ministry set unrealistically high requirements for professorships?