Nearly 1,500 people on May 25 joined The Steps Challenge 2019 in HCM City. Photo courtesy of Saigon Children’s Charity HCM CITY— Nearly 1,500 people on May 25 joined The Steps Challenge 2019 hosted by Saigon Children’s Charity (Saigonchildren), in partnership with CapitaLand Vietnam, to raise funds for people with autism. The event aimed for 10 million steps to unlock a donation of US$25,000 from CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF), which will be used for the Special Needs Education Programme of Saigon Children’s Charity to directly support the autism community across Việt Nam. An online campaign #stepupforautism was launched a month ago for the programme. After six weeks, the number of steps recorded online had almost doubled, attracting thousands of people across the country. Tickets for The Steps Challenge sold out two weeks before the event and attracted a wide range of participants in HCM City, including youth, families with kids, … [Read more...] about The Steps Challenge raises funds for autism community
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Nguyen Khoi Nguyen holds a bottle on his head while riding a unicycle and juggling eight balls at Tam Viet Centre (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - “I want to become the world’s number-one ball-juggling artist,” a Hanoian handsome and agile teenager told the Vietnam News Agency while practicing circus stunts. Nguyen Khoi Nguyen, now 17, was diagnosed with the West syndrome at six months old and an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at three. However, Nguyen refused to surrender to fate. With his own non-stop efforts and unconditional and endless support of his parents, Nguyen has not only made admirable success but also become a source of inspiration and encouragement for Vietnamese teenagers, particularly the community living with autism. In 2017, Nguyen was recognised by the Vietnam Records Organisation (Vietkings) for holding a bottle on his head while riding a unicycle and juggling eight balls for longer than any other Vietnamese who has attempted … [Read more...] about Vietnamese autistic teenager wants to conquer the world
The new economic models of transportation, lodging services, fintech, energy, and digital entertainment are expected to drive the sharing economy in Vietnam if regulatory sandboxes become more readily available. VIR’s roundtable on deploying sandboxes in Vietnam’s sharing economy was joined by experts and businesses Fintech, considered a fairly new economic model, is facilitating the sharing economy which has been developing in Singapore and other regional countries in recent time. In Vietnam, fintech is beginning to take root, but without a lack of regulatory sandboxes for fintech advancement in the country. Validus Capital, a Singapore-based peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and accredited investors, last week launched financial support services for SMEs in Vietnam, marking its official expansion to the country. However, Validus may suffer from challenges in related policies, though its plan is … [Read more...] about Appeals for sturdy sandbox direction
Some say Vietnamese culture must be respected, while others say calling students by English names is no big deal An official statement from an education department leader in Ho Chi Minh City, who said giving students English names during language classes is “against Vietnam’s traditional education,” has sparked fresh debate among Tuoi Tre News readers. Unlike the controversial rule to ban audiovisual tools from English teaching in citywide primary schools, the ‘name issue’ is winning support from English teachers, native and local. Vietnamese don’t need English names Commenting on Tuoi Tre News’ Facebook Page, Michael David Kemp said he agrees “100 percent” with the idea that students not be called by anything other than their Vietnamese names. “Vietnamese names mean something and have a meaning behind them,” he wrote. “I always try to learn [how to say] my students Vietnamese names.” … [Read more...] about Phuc or Fuchsia? Should Vietnamese students have Western names in English classes?
Guitarist Bill Frisell, widely known as one of the most versatile players in jazz history, performed for the first time in Vietnam at the "Bill Frisell: Summer of Guitar" concert last Sunday (May 26) in HCM City. Frisell has won many awards, including a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” for his album "Unspeakable". Thu Ngan spoke with Frisell about his first trip to Vietnam and his views about bringing the jazz music to Vietnamese audiences. Guitar legend Bill Frisell to stage first performance in Vietnam Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell to perform in VN for first time Can you tell us about your first performance in Vietnam and describe your feelings after the performance? That’s always a difficult question. I have played a long time with Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums as a trio. For me, I’m excited to see what happens because every time we play we are affected by the atmosphere and the people. So, coming here, everything was still … [Read more...] about All music ‘comes together’ in jazz, says famed guitarist