This time every year, scores of men in Ngoc Tri village in Hanoi gather to fight for a game that they have already won, or lost. Legend has it that a long time ago, Ngoc Tri village in Long Bien district faced a dramatic drought, and only one of 12 wells in the village was left with water. Men from Duong and Cho hamlets turned to this well in Dia hamlet for water, but were stopped by the men there. During that time, water was carried in a wooden barrel that had to be dragged along the ground. After the drought, the old men invented the sitting tug of war as a performance in the village’s annual festival in memory of the struggle. Although it’s a game between three hamlets, all the village people want the team from Duong to win. According to ancient customs, a victory for Duong means prosperity and health for everybody. … [Read more...] about If I told you the result has been decided, would you still play the game?
In the wake of booming holiday movie ticket sales, the institute for cultural exchange with France (Idecaf) is screening a series of Vietnamese and French crime and detective films at the Idecaf Theater in HCMC’s District 1 until March 10. French films are screened with subtitles in Vietnamese and Vietnamese films with subtitles in French. Poster of the film Death’s Dance. Par vite et reviens tard (Have Mercy on Us All), directed by Régis Wargnier and staring overseas Vietnamese Linh Dan Pham and José Garcia, kicked off the spring film festival on Monday night. The film tells about an officer, Adamsberg, who dislikes spring. He becomes filled with bad omens when his fiancée leaves him. A movie about drugs and violence, the Vietnamese film Vu dieu tu than (Death’s Dance), directed by Bui Tan Dung, stars Thanh Thuy, Binh Minh and Tuan Tu. This film will be screened at 7 p.m. on March 2. The love story of policeman Antoine and an older woman, … [Read more...] about Crime films screen at Idecaf
Japan's economy shrank at an annualized pace of 1.6 percent in April-June as exports slumped and consumers cut back spending, a bad omen for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy drive to lift the economy out of decades of deflation. China's economic slowdown and its impact on its Asian neighbors have also heightened the chance that any rebound in growth in July-September will be modest, analysts say. The gloomy data adds to signs that Japan's economy is at a standstill and may rekindle market expectations that the Bank of Japan will expand monetary stimulus later this year. The contraction in gross domestic product (GDP) compared with a median market forecast of a 1.9 percent fall and followed a revised expansion of 4.5 percent in the first quarter, Cabinet Office data showed on Monday. "Private consumption declined a lot, capital spending was poor and inventories piled up. The situation seemed far worse than the GDP figures showed," said Takeshi Minami, chief economist at Norinchukin … [Read more...] about Japan economy shrinks in second-quarter in setback for ‘Abenomics’
Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested a driver for criminal investigation after his container truck crashed into a car, killing all five people in it, including three American citizens, on May 31. Vo Van Rang, 48, hailing from Vinh Long Province, claimed he mistook the gas pedal with the brake pedal, causing the fatal crash. Rang's container truck crushed the victims' car, which was stopping at red light on the National Highway 1A in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thu Duc District, at around 3:40 AM on May 31. All five people in the car, including three Vietnamese Americans in a family, were killed. Rang fled the scene on foot but he later turned himself in at a nearby police station. He initially told the police that the brake was broken, before changing his statement, saying he mistook the pedals. He claimed he did not use drug or alcohol and was not falling asleep at the time of the accident. However, he was tested with blood alcohol content of 45 milligrams per 100 ml. In Vietnam, the … [Read more...] about Truck driver arrested in car crash that killed 3 Vietnamese Americans
Many Vietnamese believe that the first few days will set the tone for the whole year. So they try to do everything that can bring them good luck and avoid all bad omens. This cheat sheet will help you navigate through the country's complicated set of customs often practiced during the Tet Lunar New Year holiday. Dos: 1. Give good luck wishes "Sức khỏe dồi dào" (Extremely good health) and "Tiền vô như nước" (Money coming in like water) are two of the most popular wishes shared among relatives and friends during the holiday. Practice the wishes and say them to everyone you meet with a big smile, in order to bring them good luck. To elders, there's another wish, "Sống lâu trăm tuổi" (Live long until 100 years old). Just make sure that the wish recipient is not 99 years old already. If those are too hard, at least say the most basic greeting: "Chúc mừng năm mới" (Happy new year). 2. Give lucky money During Tet, children are given some lucky money. Therefore, prepare some red … [Read more...] about 9 dos and don’ts of Tet: This cheat sheet will help you survive Vietnam’s Lunar New Year