A programme featuring wedding costumes and rituals in southern Việt Nam will be held at Salon Saigon on June 22. — Photo from the organiser’s Facebook page A programme featuring wedding costumes and rituals in southern Việt Nam will be held at Salon Saigon on June 22. The event will replicate traditional wedding rituals held between the late 19th century and early 20th century. Traditional costumes and ceremonial music will be introduced during the ceremony. A presentation of southern áo dài will be included. The programme will be presented in both Vietnamese and English. The event will begin at 6pm at 6D Ngô Thời Nhiệm Street in District 3. Early tickets cost VNĐ150,000 at www.ticketbox.vn, while tickets at the door are VNĐ170,000. VNS … [Read more...] about Wedding costumes, rituals in southern VN at Salon Saigon
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In this amazing adventure, Tim Severin had the only Vietnamese partner- Mr. Luong Viet Loi, a Vietnamese 59-year-old man, residing in Truong Son Ward, Sam Son City, Thanh Hoa province. Discovering Vietnamese bamboo raft Mr. Loi talked about the journey like it just took place yesterday when he was a carpenter and shipbuilder. The shipbuilder was very eager as Tim intended to find a sailor accompanying with him. After Mr. Tim tested a boat made by Mr. Loi in water, he realized that this man was not only a skilled worker but also a dynamic and enthusiastic sailor with the hard-working character. Before coming to Vietnam, Mr. Tim had ever come to China but the raft there was made of plastic pipes. Colin Mudie, a British shipbuilder and a friend of Tim guided him to go to along coastal areas in Vietnam, about 160 kilometers south of Hanoi. In 1992, Tim went to Sam Son in Thanh Hoa province. Colin Mudie warned that Vietnamese raft is highly stable but it is also the … [Read more...] about Story of Vietnamese bamboo raft traveling across Pacific
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Viet Nam News by Khánh Dương One day a friend of mine received a wedding invitation from a colleague. The invitation was sent to every one in his 400-employee company including colleagues having close relationships with the groom and those only meeting him for one or two times, even never before. “How awkward I was to decide whether I should join the event or not. How much money should I give them as present?” my friend asked me. As wedding is the business of the two families, not only the two people themselves, wedding ceremony in Việt Nam with a series of traditional customs comes along with a reception where relatives, friends, colleagues of the bride, groom and the couple’s parents are invited to enjoy a big meal. Unlike small wedding parties in the West, a typical Vietnamese wedding has up to hundreds of guests from both families. Don’t be surprised if you are invited to a wedding of a colleague’s sister or your … [Read more...] about Modern wedding struggles to be saving and meaningful
Viet Nam News by Khánh Linh The clip is only three minutes long, but it has Vietnamese parents up in arms: it depicts young Vietnamese children who started studying English at a very early age, even before they fluently spoke their mother tongue, struggling to express themselves in either language. The clip immediately sparked a debate on the unforeseen impacts of early foreign language education among parents. The largest concern is that foreign language study for children under three can raise the risk of language disorders. Some children end up struggling with Vietnamese or need to work with a language therapist. Parents’ comments revealed their worries. They had considered it essential to teach their kids to sing English songs and learn simple words on Youtube or via learning software—but now they are trying to decide if there’s a downside. Some said they would keep their children from studying English until they were in the first grade. … [Read more...] about Fears of language disorders dampen parents’ enthusiasm for English