By Hari Chathrattil* “Việt Nam News is my first family here.” This is something I have repeated innumerable times ever since I first walked into the newspaper’s office 26 years ago and met Nguyễn Khuyến, the paper’s first Editor-in-chief, an encounter as fresh in my mind today as it was then. Yesterday, an inseparable part of those halcyon days left our family forever. Robert Bicknell became a part of the Việt Nam News family as a proofreader back then, and Khuyến being Khuyến, spotted his talent and made him a columnist whose disarming, humour-laced writing unfailingly entertained all of us, not to mention legions of readers, week after week, for almost three decades. I am not a fan of golf being played in tropical countries, and Robert and I went head to head on this account, not to mention several other political issues where we never saw eye to eye on. A friend who waded into one of our heated … [Read more...] about Farewell to golf columnist Robert Bicknell, forever part of the Việt Nam News family
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The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has published 32 textbooks for eight subjects and experience activities, but these do not include textbooks for English. According to Tien Phong, at the workshop titled ‘Vietnam Education Publishing House and the task of renovating general education program and textbooks’, in the North, the publisher introduced four sets of sample textbooks which have been approved by the Appraisal Council. Article 5 of Circular No 33 on standards, process of compiling and editing textbooks, says that textbooks must properly and fully present the content of learning subject curricula or educational activities; and they must be basic, scientific, practical and consistent with the reality of Vietnam. Therefore, there must be specific regulations and standards on using foreign textbooks for Vietnam’s schools. If using foreign books, publishing houses only cooperate with foreign publishers to make a profit. Meanwhile, the textbook … [Read more...] about English textbooks not yet approved by Education Ministry, why?
The Cubanitas by Diana Markosian won the First Prize of the Contemporary Issues. The photo is among 150 single photos that won the 62th World Press Photo contest, are on display to the public at Lê Thái Tổ Square in Hà Nội. HÀ NỘI — The World Press Photo (WWP) Exhibition 2019 – Stories that Matter was launched in the capital yesterday. As many as 150 single photos which won the 62th World Press Photo contest featuring multi topics, from migration, war zone to animals in the wild, gender identity were displayed at the exhibition. The exhibition was co-organised by Hà Nội People’s Committee, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hà Nội and MatCa Foundation. Being one of the world’s leading contests for professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers, the event presents the best visual journalism of the year, following last year’s successful … [Read more...] about Photo exhibition really puts you in the picture
Vietnamese-Australian singer Phương Dung will perform in Sài Gòn Bolero, a concert featuring 40 veteran and young singers and dozens of dancers and musicians on June 8 in HCM City. Dung has released more than 300 albums and CDs, mostly bolero and folk music. — Photo courtesy of the organiser Viet Nam News HCM CITY— Forty singers and dozens of dancers and musicians will perform in the concert Sài Gòn Bolero in HCM City on June 8. Produced by Nhạc Xanh Entertainment, the show will feature veteran singers Đông Đào, Ngọc Ánh and Phương Thủy, who were famous in the 1980s and 90s. Vietnamese-Australian singer Phương Dung will also perform. Dung began her career in 1960 in Sài Gòn (now HCM City) after recording Nỗi Buồn Gác Trọ (Nostalgic), a bolero song by composers Mạnh Phát and Hoài Linh. She has released more than 300 … [Read more...] about Concert to feature 40 singers at Trống Đồng Centre
Musical film Dance With Me is a highlight at the Japanese Film Festival in Hà Nội from December 6 to 22. Photo japanfoundation HÀ NỘI — The Japanese Film Festival opened yesterday in Hà Nội at National Cinema Centre featuring the nine recent movies. The films including comedy, drama, horror, musical, action and animation have been screened from December 6 to 22. Comedy My Dad is A Heel Wrestler will be screened at the festival opening ceremony. It is about story of a wrestler who was famous and popular but was forced to retire after a major knee injury. Musical film Dance With Me will be a highlight of the festival. Directed by Shinobu Yaguchi this year, it screened at international festivals in Toronto and New York. It will be shown on December 10, 14 and 22. Three animations are Children of the Sea; Lu Over the Wall and Mary and The Witch’s Flower. Children of the Sea is the latest one telling the story of a … [Read more...] about Japanese film festival kicks off in Hà Nội