Viet Nam News LAS VEGAS — Legendary sci-fi director Luc Besson revealed Tuesday he has been thinking about making his latest film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets since he was 10. The 58-year-old French auteur has made a string of iconic hits, including The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional, Lucy and Nikita. But he said his upcoming movie has been a passion project since he began reading the serialized 1960s comics from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres on which it is based. "There was no internet, no YouTube, nothing and you had to wait a week to get two more pages," he told delegates at the CinemaCon gathering of movie theater operators in Las Vegas. "I got totally addicted... It was so cool at the time, really new and I never stopped thinking about it." Besson believed a movie based on a comic about just two human characters and 1,000 aliens would be impossible, he told the audience at Caesar’s Palace. "But then this gentleman, this young … [Read more...] about Making ’Valerian’ was childhood dream for France’s Besson – Life & Style – Vietnam News Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports
My american dream
Viet Nam News By Lan Phuong You could put eggs in their mouths, I thought, as I told my colleagues what had happened. It was jaw-dropping stuff, for sure. Just days earlier, I'd been congratulated and teased about an upcoming dream trip to the United States. My organisation had received an invitation to a conference there and I was selected. The conference organisers requested me to wire several hundred dollars via Money Gram to book a hotel, which I did. Then came an email from a US agency, asking for a refundable deposit of thousands of dollars for the "visa legalisation fee." This did not sound right. It was not. A few Google searches later, I broke into a cold sweat as the organiser's name appeared on a website tracking scams. Cybercrime is not rare in Việt Nam. This is perhaps understandable when a country which had a little more than 200,000 people accessing the Internet in 2000 has at least 46 million users, 52 per cent of the country's population, in 2015. … [Read more...] about An American Dream and a rude awakening
Linh Huynh used to drive a taxi through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam. Then, 13 years ago, his relatives, who worked in a nail salon in Miami, beckoned with the promise of a better life. Since arriving here, Huynh has worked 10 hours a day, six days a week, manicuring and pedicuring nails. After saving his money, he bought his own salon, Lovely Nails, in Kendall, last year with his wife and a friend. “Here in the United States, I think the gap between rich and poor people is not so much. Rich men have cars; I also have a car,” said Huynh, 44. “The most important thing is that I can work hard to prepare for the future of my daughter. She has equal opportunity in education.” Huynh and other Vietnamese are following a path well known to South Florida’s Latin American and Caribbean immigrant populations, carving out an entrepreneurial niche as they seek prosperity for their families. In South Florida — and across the nation … [Read more...] about Polishing the American Dream: Vietnamese-owned nail salons are spread throughout South Florida
Tony Dang, 25, is the son of a once-wealthy family in California. His family owned a large nail salon in Little Saigon. Dang used to dream of making a lot of money to buy a big house and a nice car. But his father then got into gambling debts, forcing his family to sell the nail salon and their house to pay off creditors. Six years ago, his father left the family. He told Dang he was leaving because his children did not love him anymore. He said they didn't love him because he couldn't make money. Dang became obsessed by what his father said and he soon realized that money could not buy happiness. He started working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) - a national organization of local chapters that provide after-school programs for young people. Although he could not speak English fluently, he volunteered to help Vietnamese newcomers integrate into US society. When he asked these students about what they dreamed of, the students were usually confused. Some said … [Read more...] about Vietnamese American finds his dream in giving
Applicants line up outside the US consulate in Ho Chi Minh City on May 28. Photo by Tuan Anh If one were to take a tour around the premises of consulates in Ho Chi Minh City, one would easily notice that the United States Consulate always attracts the largest number of applicants, waiting from dawn in the longest queue of them all, just for an interview. Understandably, the recent reports on US visa scam (http://www.thanhniennews.comhttp://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130606-catching-up-with-the-vos.aspx) and (http://www.thanhniennews.comhttp://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130531-the-big-visa-scam.aspx), in which the former Head of Non-Immigrant Visa Department, Michael T. Sestak, secretly sold each visa for tens of thousand dollars, have sparked public outrage. But the fact remains that he would not be a successful visa salesman if there weren't many Vietnamese people willing to buy them at any cost. This raises a disturbing question: why are we Vietnamese so eager … [Read more...] about An American Dream or a Vietnamese mirage?