Upstart rock band, Winfield, has been chosen as Vietnam’s representative at the final round of Sutasi; the Asian battle of the bands, which will take place in Singapore on September 28. Winfield talked about rock and its hopes for success. How did Winfield even get to the final round of Sutasi? At the time the audition round was taking place at the HCM City Conservatory of Music, our drummer met with a traffic accident and was forced to stay in hospital for more than two months. Luckily, we invited the drummer of another band for an urgent practice. The Jury of all foreigners ended up choosing us. We are both happy and nervous because this is a big contest and this will be the first time we will perform abroad. We will compete with 12 bands from 12 countries in Asia, including Japan, China, and South Korea. The contest will be broadcast on two music channels, [V] and MTV. The winner will has to earn the highest number of votes from Internet and phone in votes. They will also … [Read more...] about Winfield to attend Asian battle of the bands
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The blind auditions of the ongoing Vietnamese version of the famed singing contest “The Voice” finished recently and have earned a lot compliments, but still the twist that 2/3 of contestants preferred English songs for their performances has remained debatable. The blind auditions of the ongoing Vietnamese version of the famed singing contest “The Voice” finished recently and have earned a lot compliments, but still the twist that 2/3 of contestants preferred English songs for their performances has remained debatable. >> Vietnamese contestants prefer English songs: hot or not? “What kind of English are they singing?” While a large number of viewers, even those who don’t know English, have overcome the language barrier and praised contestants for their talent, native English speakers seem to stand on the other side. At the final night of the blind audition round, contestant Tieu Chau Nhu Quynh shined with her performance of the famous … [Read more...] about Contestants keep singing English, show remains controversial
George Carlin had seven dirty words you couldn’t say on American TV in the 1970s. Chinese Internet chief Lu Wei has at least 25 he wants to purge from the country’s cyberspace. From the Mandarin-equivalent of the F-bomb to the more innocuous-sounding “your Mom,” Lu’s agency, the Cyberspace Administration of China, highlighted the words Tuesday as the most popular examples of “coarse language” saturating the country’s Internet. The agency used a symposium attended by representatives from Tencent Holdings Ltd., Sina Corp. and other Chinese Internet companies to press for cleaner language online. The campaign against dirty words -- announced during a government cybersecurity conference in Beijing -- is the latest bid under President Xi Jinping to sanitize China’s Internet. Authorities have in recent months banned “unsound” online account names, limited political news sent via messaging apps and ordered the deletion of … [Read more...] about 25 words too dirty for the web in China
Some serious thoughts on the ramifications of Scientology and Monsanto for Vietnam When I visited Vietnam for the first time in the early eighties, we were taken to a rehabilitation center that was located on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. There, drug addicts received a treatment that consisted of physical exercise, massage, and traditional medication. It was what we would call in German "kalter Entzug", cold turkey in colloquial English, and must have been quite hard and painful for the inmates. I thought of this particular visit when I read An Dien's article titled Scientology in Vietnam: open welcome or backdoor entry?, published in the last edition of Vietweek. Indeed, the detoxification program for victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, called "Purification Rundown", seems to employ similar methods, namely physical exercise and sauna, which with the exception of the intake of vitamin pills can be considered "traditional". With the aim of providing relief and assistance to the … [Read more...] about Did you say Rundown or Roundup?
-------------------------------------- Below are some of the comments sent to me via email: "Please, you MUST be with us or make us better. DO NOT only complain about us." -I hope together we can all be better. "I've read the article on Dantri and I feel so disappointed." -Don't be! "In Vietnamese, we often say "customers are gods", but in Hanoi, customers are ill-treated though we spend lots of money." -In English we often say, "The customer is always right." "My name is Jane. And yes I'm on my holyquest for a perfect bar too. I dress as sloppy as I can. In fact, I love sloppiness whenever I'm not working because my work requires me to be formal to the max, I hate formal attire to be honest. Unfortunately my sloppiness is usually associated with "low class", generating from how I've been treated at bars, especially SC." -Jane, we will find a bar! I like your approach, don't judge a book by it's cover right? "We are trying to change things to get better, I am trying to do that as well … [Read more...] about Here’s to service