New tricks: Elderly people are studying at the Hán Nôm class in Vĩnh Tường District, Vĩnh Phúc Province. Viet Nam News Elderly people are learning a very old way of writing. It comes from the Hán Nôm culture. There are a lot of historic and interesting Hán Nôm documents in the northern province of Vĩnh Phúc. However, few have been able to read them. by Nguyễn Thị Thảo Every Friday morning, about 20 elderly people in the northern province of Vĩnh Phúc gather at the communal house in Thượng Trưng Commune, Vĩnh Tường District for a class in ancient scripts, widely used in Việt Nam until the 19th century—and still the scripts in which millennia of Vietnamese history and literature is recorded. Many students in the special class are over age 60. The class has run since mid-2016 with the aim of helping local people enrich their knowledge … [Read more...] about Never too late to learn
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Viet Nam News The đàn bầu is a very special instrument that has been around for a long time in Việt Nam's history. There are some similar musical instruments like it that are used in other parts of the world. Its sounds often make people remember things and places close to their hearts, especially when they are far away from home. Back in history, music was played on the đàn bầu to soldiers as they marched off to war. By Hồng Vân The magnificent sound of the đàn bầu, Việt Nam's indigenous monochord zither, fascinates locals and foreigners and is an important part of the nation's musical legacy. The one-string zither has been long associated with Vietnamese culture and identity. The instrument once aided blind buskers to earn a living and escorted artist soldiers to war-torn battlefields. Now it accompanies artists on world stages and charms local and international audiences alike. "Many international audiences use the phrase "đàn bầu country" or "đàn bầu's homeland" when they … [Read more...] about Viet Nam’s special musical instrument
VietNamNet Bridge – Young local artist Do Hai Anh will launch a “Dance to exchange” project aimed at connecting dancers in Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. Local dancer Do Hai Anh and Thai dancer Aditep Buanoi in a poster to promote their workshop set for Saturday in District 7, HCM City – Photo: Courtesy of Organizers In 2014, Do Hai Anh whose stage name is Yumi had a chance to meet a lot of artists in the region through a project for young choreographers called Sea Choreolab in Malaysia. The 24-year-old wants to hold an exchange program between local and regional dancers via workshops and photo exhibitions to promote cultural understanding and improve dancing knowledge among artists. The first event is a contemporary dance class to be lectured by Do Hai Anh and … [Read more...] about Local artist’s project to connect S.E. Asian dancers
2016 New Year Celebration in Hanoi 2016 is coming in just two days! Are you wondering how to celebrate the special moments of New Year’s Eve? Check out some suggestions below: EXTRAVAGANT COUNTDOWN PARTIES: 1. Heineken Countdown Party Thu 31 Dec 2014, 8 pm – 00.30 am Ly Thai To Park The most popular annual countdown and music party is equipped with world-class lighting, amazing sound systems and mind-blowing visual effects, featuring top-notch Vietnamese and international singers and DJs. Don’t miss the chance to scream at the top of your lungs and welcome the first moments of the new year at this special event! 2. Yamaha ClearMen Countdown 2015 Yamaha ClearMen Countdown 2015 Thu 31 Dec 2014, from 8.30 pm Cach Mang Thang 8 Square, in front of Hanoi Opera House No. 1 Trang Tien A night of celebration with Remix (music) Party with some of the most well-known Vietnamese singers, impressive 3D mapping and lots of surprises and gifts! Who are you going to enjoy this … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 15-31 (DAILY UPDATE)
Hidden beneath tarpaulins in the backyard of a house in the central Philippine city of Danao, Lito puts the finishing touches on a replica .45-caliber Colt Officer’s Model pistol. It will join the more than 600,000 illegal guns in circulation in a country where the homicide rate outstrips the U.S. The money he makes from guns supplements his income as a farmer and helped Lito, 52, send two children to college. Still, he thinks often of the suffering that may come from a craft he learned from an uncle and older brother. “I worry that the firearms I make may be ending up in the wrong hands,” said Lito, a soft-spoken man dressed in loose jeans and slippers, who asked not to be identified in full given the nature of his work. “If there were other opportunities, I will stop making guns.” Lito, who will sell the pistol that took him a month to make for 6,000 pesos ($133) -- about three-quarters of the monthly minimum wage -- is one of 6,000 illegal gunmakers the … [Read more...] about Farmers copying guns make Philippines deadlier than U.S.