Festival presents Japanese TV series The J-Series Festival in HCM City will introduce the Japanese TV series at the Nguyễn Du Gymnasium on December 17. Japanese actor Hayami Mokomichi and actress Atsuko Maeda, who are popular with Vietnamese audiences, will meet with local fans during the event. Vietnamese pop stars Sơn Tùng M-TP and Đông Nhi will also perform. The festival will open at 6 pm at 116 Nguyễn Du Street in District 1. HCM City to celebrate a 90's Christmas A Christmas party featuring 90s music will be held at Piu Piu in HCM City on December 25. The show will include hip hop, dance, pop and rock music performances by DJ Skullz and New York-based duo Adrienne Mack-Davis and feleciazruz. The event will begin at 9 pm at 97 Hai Bà Trưng Street in District 1. Master chef offers class for food bloggers Two-star Michelin chef Alain Dutournier - "principal conductor" of La Table du Chef in Hà Nội--will share his passion for culinary creation as well as his amazing … [Read more...] about What’s On This Week
Foreign policy was eclipsed by voter concerns over the US economy on the 2012 campaign trail, but US President Barack Obama's re-election has raised the question of what will be America's overseas focus in a second term. A remote village in western Kenya rejoiced when US President Barack Obama’s re-election was announced, schoolchildren in Indonesia screamed with delight, TV anchors across the world relayed the news in a babble of languages, and Twitter broke all records with 31 million election-related tweets bouncing between continents on Election Night – or morning, in most places. The idea of a US president as “the leader of the free world” may elicit scoffs in some corners of the globe. But many non-US citizens have sighed over their inability to have a say in a position that could well have a direct impact on their daily lives. Yet, on the long, cantankerous 2012 US presidential campaign trail, remarkably little was said about foreign policy. The last of … [Read more...] about Four more years: what’s on Obama’s foreign agenda?
Vietnam Connection Music Festival 2016 on August 13-14, Hanoi Time: August 13 and 14, 8 pm Venue: The Grand Concert Hall, Vietnam National Academy of Music, 77 Hao Nam Str., Dong Da Distr., Hanoi Roundtable Discussion "Adventure of the Ego in Vietnamese Contemporary Literature" Time: August 9 Venue: L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien, Hanoi Livin' Tour 2016 with Cá Hồi Hoang (Wild Salmon) band Time: August 7th Venue: Rec Room, 20th floor, Hanoi Creative City, 1 Luong yen Street. Concert "Northern Lights" Time: August 6th Venue: Southern Women's Museum, No. 202 Vo Thi Sau Street, District 3, HCM City. Exhibition "Reality through the Eyes" Time: August 5-9 Venue: Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hanoi. Wildlife art exhibition "Wings of the Wild" Time: August 4-7 Venue: Hanoi Creative City, 1 Luong Yen Street, Hanoi Workshop "Rediscover Your Passion" Time: August 2, 3, 4, 7 - 10 pm Venue: Bluebirds' Nest 13 Lane 19 Dang Dung Str, Hanoi … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON AUGUST (DAILY UPDATE)
Flute Recital with Le Thu Huong Sat 18 Jun 2016, 8 pm L'Espace 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to a solo flute recital with Le Thu Huong. Graduating from the Vietnam National Academy of Music in 2001, Le Thu Huong is one of the most prominent Vietnamese flutists. Former student of the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, she is currently pursuing her Ph.D at the University of North Texas, USA. She participates regularly as a soloist or tuttiste in many international music festivals in Japan, USA, Britain, France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Returning to L'Espace, Le Thu Huong is accompanied by some musicians with whom she concocted this "fantasy summer" and of course "flûtistique"… Artists: Flute: Le Thu Huong Invited artists: - Violon: Nguyen My Huong - Marimba/Xylophone: Doan Mai Huong - Piano: Tran Thai Linh Program "SUMMER FANTASY" Pierre-Octave Férroud (1900-1936): Trois pièces (flute solo) 1. Bergère Captive 2. Jade Toan-Yan (La fête du double cinq) Georges Hue (1858-1948): … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON JUNE 1-15 (DAILY UPDATE)
Exposing the absurdity of wagging fingers at Vietnam's tourist-friendliness while praising Thailand (or any other country) Well, I'm a snarky bastard myself. First off: enough already with the "Thailand is "˜better' than Vietnam" bullshit. Yes, I'm aware of the statistics. Just because more people buy Justin Bieber's albums than Woody Guthrie's doesn't make Bieber better. Popularity is an irrational phenomenon. Enthusiasts for this or that always present empirical-sounding analyses, but in the end, how can enthusiasm be anything but subjective? Just because something's repeated ad nausea does not make it true. As for the omnipresent comparison - why, exactly, is it valid? Yes, Vietnam and Thailand share the same geographical region. But is one's experience in Egypt supposed to correlate with a trip to Libya? If you loved San Diego, do you expect the same experience from Mexico City? In his piece that appeared in this column two weeks ago, Tim Russell, a Briton who lived in Vietnam … [Read more...] about Last words on the dumbest debate in town