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Catwalks bustling again after Covid-19 creeps away



Catwalks are bustling again when fashion designers have unveiled new clothes after Covid-19 creeps away.

Catwalks bustling again after Covid-19 creeps away
Catwalks bustling again after Covid-19 creeps away (Photo: SGGP)

After months-long closure because of Covi-19, local fashion designers are going to introduce new collections. Lately, Spring-Summer fashion week for children has wrapped up in White Palace Convention Center, located in the city’s Phu Nhuan District, with the participation of 400 kid models and 12 fashion designers of brand names in the country.

Miss Universe Vietnam 2019 Khanh Van, supermodels Nam Anh and Xuan Lan appeared on the catwalks with kid models in the event. With the theme “ Giac mo cua con” ( My child’s dream), the fashion show has unveiled 12 collections of designers Ada Anh Truong, Kim Chi, Henry KoF, Le Thanh Phuong, Balabala, Anta Vietnam, Three Gun, Guon, Tutupetti, tiNiWorld.

The show organizer said the casting to choose models took place two months ago in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Audience were impressed by watching mapping 3D of First Interactive Technology at the show that when models walked in the catwalk, butterflies and flower garden appeared with each step.

The Fall Fashion Week Vietnam 2020 is going to take place in the Central City of Da Nang. Supermodel Xuan Lan, the event organizer, shared this time show will not be only catwalk but it is also a story of clothes collections because the organizer wants to touch audience’s feeling and make them satisfy after attending with the show with the new present technology.

Designer Do Manh Cuong has organized a casting event from July 12 for the show to introduce new brand name SIXDO which will be on October 20. He decided to select 66 models from the age of six to 66. He will sell clothes at average price so that people from all walks of life can buy.

Early July, designer Ivan Tran had held a casting event for his show Ivan Resort 2020 – a starter for the summer 2020 collection which will take place in August. His collection includes 80 designs for adults and children with bright colors.

Designer Cong Tri, Lam Gia Khang, Adrian Anh Tuan also unveiled scores of collections. For instance, Cong Tri introduced his collection Cong Tri Summer Capsule 2020 which reminds of Greek stories of ancient women who want to go out to seek freedom. He is back once again with collection Cong Tri Fall Winter 2020 with sets of photos of supermodel Thanh Hang and singer Ho Ngoc Ha who are in his designs on VOGUE in June.

Before, in end of May, Dakota Johnson was wearing one of dress in the collection Cong Tri Spring Summer 2020 at New York Fashion Week to be present in Jimmy Kimmel Live’s talk show. Supermodel Halima Aden, UNICEF Ambassador, had worn a dress of Cong Tri in Essence magazine this year. Later the dress appeared in a collection in India Vogue.

Last year, Ivan Tran had publicized his collection I don’t care – For cancer children expecting to help unfortunate ill children. During the time, he engaged in meaningful activities such as visits and gifts for cancer children in hospitals. This year, he continued the activities calling for contributions from benefactors. He has given 500 costumes to children from the North to the South.

Additionally, shows children supermodel 2020 and Model Kid Vietnam will take place with the eagerness of audience after a frozen time due to Covid-19. SGGP

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Poet to begin new journey



Poet Nguyễn Phong Việt. Photo

Nguyễn Phong Việt is a prolific poet. Over the last decade, he has released a poetry collection at the end of each year. 

Thể Thao Văn Hóa (Culture & Sports) newspaper reporter Hiền Hòa spoke with Việt about the literature scene and his career

Could you tell us about your new poetry collection?

This is the ninth collection I have written for my mature readers. I will publish the 10th at Christmas this year. It will be reasonable to stop a long journey. Releasing 10 collections at the same time for 10 years is an interesting journey for me. 

I will stop not because the number of copies sold has reduced but I think that it is time to stop writing poems. Both my readers and I need to have a break. It is important for me. 

However, I will not stop writing poems for mature readers. I just want to take a rest for two or three years for thinking. I want to have new stories to tell. 

I believe that writing poetry is my fate in life. So no matter what I won’t give up. I continue my work with essays with currently releasing a book of essays. It is a  shift in my writing. 

When you return to writing poems for mature readers can you imagine what you will write?

I don’t know at all and have no idea. But I believe that my readers who have read my collections for the past 10 years are always there. We are like old friends meeting after a long time. It will be more emotional and joyous. 

Do you want a best-selling poetry book or what do you seek in poetry?

Frankly, I don’t want to look for a best-selling title and it does not pressure me. The only thing that can make me feel pressure is [to ensure] that each of my poetry collections does not disappoint the readers. 

I seek exposition through poetry. It is a therapy that helps me to calm down and move on in my life. Indeed, there are days when I am so tired of thinking that only writing makes me feel comfortable.

I’ve always thought poetry readers are introverted people. This inner part for me is necessary because that sensitivity helps me understand more about life and make my living journey more profound.

I do not think poetry has any big impact but simply it is a diary page where the reader can find a little empathy and understanding.

They listen to the voice of the soul and know that they are not alone. As a writer, it is the same for me.

What are you writing at present?

I published my first poetry collection for children in 2018. It entitled Xin Chào Những Buổi Sáng (Good Morning, Mornings) is a collection of 30 poems written in Vietnamese and English narrating the stories of ordinary life and family love as well as containing moral lessons for children.

This year I will release the second children’s poetry collection. I hope writing poems for children will be a new experiment for me. 

Can you earn living from poetry writing?

It must be said that I cannot live by writing books. Simply, it is a hobby, a joy and sometimes it is a small mission telling daily stories and spreading them to readers.

Even if I want to earn a living by writing it would be impossible because the income from writing in Việt Nam is extremely small.

Do you think that one day, artificial intelligence (AI) will be able to compose a poem?

I believe that is the inevitable trend, AI will do it. But poetry is the personal experience of the writer. This difference and essence, AI cannot do it.

I still believe that AI cannot have the same depth as the soul of a poet. In this case, it is “Clothes does not make a man”.   VNS


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Muong people preserve mother tongue



The Muong people in Hoa Binh province have organized several programs to promote the Muong language as part of efforts by ethnic groups to preserve their culture and their mother tongue. 

A performance of Muong folk dance and songs at the Muong Bi Summer Festival 2020. (photo:

A performance of Muong folk dance and songs at the Muong Bi Summer Festival 2020. (photo:

The rich culture of the Muong has spread from generation to generation mostly by word of mouth. Long ago, the Muong ancestors transcribed their spoken language using Chinese characters. Some of those ancient documents are still preserved in the Muong community.

In 1945 Vietnam adopted an official Vietnamese script. Muong people then began to transcribe their language into Vietnamese. A large number of poems and shaman’s prayers have been recorded and preserved by the Muong community.

Muong’s shamans are the guardians of Muong philosophy and education. In his life, a Muong person typically passes through 23 rituals conducted by shamans. The shaman prays for a newborn baby to eat heartily and grow up strong. When a child is ill, the shaman asks the Mother Goddesses to cure him. He conducts a ceremony to help adults chase away bad luck and evil spirits. Shamans are indispensable at weddings, housewarmings, and worshiping ceremonies. Shamans pray for old people to enjoy wisdom, good health, and longevity. When someone dies, the shaman acts as a guide to lead the deceased to the other world.

Dinh Cong Tien, a Muong shaman in Tan Lac district, Hoa Binh province, said “I learned to be a shaman when I was head of acooperative. I wrote down all the worship prayers I learned orally from old people. I listened to them, memorized them, and transcribed them. Worship prayers are a cultural treasure of the Muong.”

The Muong language and culture are being kept alive by Muong shamans. A Muong Culture Club was established in 2017 in Ngoi hamlet, Tan Lac district. A second Culture Club opened at Dinh hamlet, ManDuc township, in 2019. There people learn to play gongs, sing folksongs, dance, and make traditional costumes.

Bui Thi Mien, who teaches Muong folksongs at Dinh hamlet’s Culture Club, said the club attracts people of all ages. Old people join the club to recall their memories. All club members share their knowledge of Muong folk songs and ideas for preserving the Muong culture.

Member Bui Van Yeu said “Muong folk songs are embedded in the minds of Muong people. They were created to commemorate important events. We sing them at weddings and funerals. I worry that one day modern culture will overwhelm our folk culture. I teach folksinging to anyone who wants to learn and preserve the Muong culture.”

The Muong account for 63% of the population of Hoa Binh province.


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Coach Hải, a lifetime dedicated to football



Former coach Lê Thụy Hải will be given the Fair Play Glory award. — Photo


HÀ NỘI — The 2020 Fair Play Awards will be announced tomorrow in HCM City to honour sportsmanship, honesty and fair play over the last year.

The organising board will give awards to five candidates and former coach Lê Thụy Hải will be given the Fair Play Glory award for his great contribution to Vietnamese football.

Hải is a figure of great standing in Vietnamese football, however, at the age of 75, Hải’s health has been greatly affected by pancreatic cancer for more than four years.

Hải can talk about football all day with his boundless emotion and insight. Football gives him a lot of things and he has been devoted to Vietnamese football throughout his career as a player and coach.

Born in 1946, Hải started his career with the football team of General Department of Railways and played with the team until he retired.

Famous for his skills and strong finishes, Hải didn’t win any North Championships because at that time Thể Công was too strong.

Recalling the past, Hải said his greatest honour was to be with his teammates like Mai Đức Chung, Hoàng Gia and Lê Khắc Chính to go south to compete with Saigon Port in 1976 after the reunification of the country.

“Thể Công were champions at that time and Railways only finished second, but Railways were called the champion team of the workers’ teams, so they were allowed to represent the Northern teams to go to Sài Gòn to play,” said Hải.

In this historic match, Hải left a strong impression when he had an assist to help striker Chung score the opening goal in the 28th minute before creating a strong shot near the middle of the field in the 54th minute to secure a 2-0 victory for the Railways.

“After the match ended, no one cared about the result. However, we were extremely happy as the Sài Gòn audience stood up and encouraged us warmly. It was an unforgettable memory of my career,” said Hải.

Lê Thụy Hải made many contributions to Vietnamese football. — Photo

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At the age of 60, Hải began coaching in the V.League 1 in 2004 when he led Hà Nội ACB after previously only coaching lower-level teams.

In just 12 years of coaching in the top tier, Hải led Bình Dương to win three V.League 1 titles in 2007, 2018 and 2014. Only coach Chu Đình Nghiêm has equalled this achievement with Hà Nội FC who triumphed in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Hải was likely the only coach in the V. League 1 without an AFC ‘A’ Coaching Certificate.

“There are those who have the conditions to go to school, they have many degrees, and while everyone was in school, I had to work to earn money,” said Hải.

Later, teams had to register him as technical director to follow the rules, despite the fact that he was still the head coach of the team.

Hải was often hired to coach teams when they were in a relegation battle and regularly staved off the dreaded drop with Bình Dương (in 2006 and 2013), Vissai Ninh Binh (in 2010) and Hải Phòng (in 2012).

The last time he worked was for Thanh Hóa in 2016.

Famous as a personable player, he kept up his loquacious manner as a coach with many statements related to Vietnamese football published by the press and creating many controversies.

Recently, during the Hà Nội Football Festival with the commemorative derby between Thể Công and Hà Nội Police, although Hải was very tired, he still attended the festival with his teammates.

During his treatment for pancreatic cancer, Lê Thụy Hải always has his wife by his side. — Photo

After several decades working as a player and a coach, Hải has won hundreds of matches and now those who love him want him to win one more over fate and disease.


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