Viet Nam film: the good, the bad and the ugly (02-12-2006) by Bach Lien Movies by overseas Vietnamese directors are receiving mixed reviews as filmmakers delicately balance varying demands from international and domestic audiences. During a Thursday seminar hosted by the Viet Nam Film Institute and Viet Nam’s Cinema Association in Ha Noi, industry insiders agreed that the success of overseas Vietnamese who shot pictures domestically is due to advanced film techniques and bigger budgets, which allows everything from longer on-location shooting times to better special effects. These filmmakers also tend to receive greater advertising support, making their movies more accessible to foreign audiences. "Another key reason overseas Vietnamese directors have done so well [financially] is because they exploit the intricacies of life in Viet Nam, which are not new to local audiences but are very new and interesting to foreigners," said director Khai Hung. Over the past decade, overseas … [Read more...] about Viet Nam film: the good, the bad and the ugly
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VietNamNet Bridge – All the Chinese dynasties since the Qin Shi Huang reign have sent troops to invade and dominate Vietnam. However, each one of them, sooner or later, tasted the bitter ashes of defeat. The East Sea has gotten “choppy” in recent days because of China’s bellicose behaviors. Their provocative acts have led to high tensions in the whole region. Chinese expansionism, which has existed for millennia, has once again reared its ugly head. VietNamNet conducted an interview on the matter with Dr. Nguyen Khac Thuan, former Head of the Asian Studies Research Institute, and now Dean of Vietnamese Studies & Tourism of Nguyen Tat Thanh University. There was no Chinese dynasty which did not evade Vietnam VNN: In the past, Vietnam many times was invaded by its “northern feudal neighbor”. China was always an aggressive giant. However, miraculously, … [Read more...] about All invasions of Vietnam have ended in badly for Chinese dynasties
The number of Vietnamese travelers to foreign countries has grown rapidly over the past several years. Unfortunately, this increase has coincided with a growing stereotype of "The Ugly Vietnamese". Last summer, I went to Thailand and was surprised to see a notice at a buffet written in Vietnamese. "Please take what you can eat. Those who don’t finish their food will be fined from 200-500 Baht. Thank you!" In Singapore, I encountered a similar sign, also in Vietnamese. “Just take what you can eat,” it read. Any customer of the restaurant understood the need for such a notice. The restaurant's many customers had queued up for food, when suddenly, a Vietnamese couple cut in front, causing the rest of the line to snicker and sigh while the pair grabbed six oysters from a waiter clearly hoping to give out one per customer. At another restaurant, a Vietnamese man was seen carrying several heaping plates of food to a table strewn with half-eaten plates, as though fearful … [Read more...] about OP-ED: The Ugly Vietnamese
As we get closer to the start of a new academic year, the advertisements for native English speaking teachers are on the rise, particularly outside the five main cities. The ads are a strange mix of promises too good to be true and schools in dire need of someone, anyone...SOON. >> An audio version of the story is available here All promise some mix of a good salary or hourly rate, accommodation and teaching hours – sadly few actually mention assistance with working permits, one-year visas or health and police checks. I hope the law changes in the near future to put the responsibility and liability on the hiring schools to complete the legal paperwork, as South Korea and Japan do, often through hiring companies. It’s good to have dreams, hey? Then there’s that great ad – the one that really catches your eye with bad spelling, wild promises (free accommodation on the beach – what...a tent?) or those … [Read more...] about Wanted in Vietnam: Good-looking English teachers. What?
A woman’s beauty (and ugliness) beyond her physical features is the theme of an ongoing exhibition of works in Hanoi by artist couple Nguyen Duc Huy and Dang Thi Thu An. Visitors look at an untitled painting by Dang Thi Thu An.Called Men Dan Ba (Female Ferment), the exhibition displays 24 artworks by the couple.While Huy finds the beauty in supposedly plain-looking women, his wife An portrays the ill-naturedness hidden in so-called good looking women.“We understand that finding a common voice in art creativity is not easy. It’s lucky that we’ve found the same inspiration from women to have this joint exhibition,” An said.The women in Huy’s paintings are plump and modest, while those in An’s works are slim and fashionable, but display jealousy and vanity.Huy said he found creative inspiration from his wife, that he saw the ferment in women as something that “encourages people to live and create”.Huy was born in 1976 in the central … [Read more...] about The good, the bad and the ugly in women