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Popular Tet TV show to make a comeback

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HÀ NÔjI – Táo Quân’s production company VFC has confirmed that Gặp nhau cuối năm Táo Quân (Year-End Rendezvous – Kitchen Gods) will air again to celebrate the coming Lunar New Year festival. 

The Táo Quân 2021 show will be broadcast on national VTV channels on Lunar New Year’s Eve which, this year, falls on February 11 .

The show is named after the Vietnamese mythology’s Kitchen Gods who fly up to Heaven on the 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month to report to Ngọc Hoàng (the Jade Emperor or the Heaven Ruler) on what went on in that household throughout the year. On the show, the Gods report everything that happened on Earth throughout the year with a sarcastic twist.

The show is set to undergo some changes of format under new director Khải Anh. Famous actors like Quang Thắng, Xuân Bắc, Vân Dung, Tự Long, Công Lý have been seen in backstage photos.

Tự Long has confirmed he will play the Social Affairs Kitchen God.

The cast of Táo Quân (Year-End Rendezvous – Kitchen Gods) celebrates the completion of the 2019 show. Photo Vietnamnet

2020 has been a turbulent year for every country, creating plenty of fodder for the hugely popular TV show.

Issues like working or studying from home, face mask shortages, mandatory quarantine for citizens who returned from abroad and the dire economic situation due to COVID-19 will surely be covered. Whoever plays the Public Health Kitchen God will have a lot of scope for a stellar performance, and many people hope female comedian Vân Dung will reprise the role.

Other highlights of 2020 set to be covered are the US presidential election, floods and storms in Central Việt Nam and the unexpectedly cold weather this winter.

The show sums up the year’s issues in Vietnamese society from good performances to bad governance, bureaucracy and corruption, all in a comedy performed by the country’s top artists.

Applauded by many as one of the best programmes on national television, the show combines contemporary issues with popular songs from Vietnamese traditional theatre, as well as international songs with Vietnamese lyrics adapted to comment on social issues.

Last year’s Táo Quân was cancelled after a 16-year run. 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/856338/popular-tet-tv-show-to-make-a-comeback.html

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Vietnamese-American songtress Lệ Thu dies

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Vietnamese-American songtress Lệ Thu, who was well-known in southern Viet Nam in the 1970s, died of COVID-19 in the US on January 15. She was 78. — File photo from vietnamnet.vn

HCM CITY — Vietnamese-American songtress Lệ Thu, who was well-known in southern Việt Nam in the 1970s, died of COVID-19 in the US on January 15. She was 78.

Lệ Thu, whose real name was Bùi Thị Oanh, was born in Hải Phòng City in 1943.

She moved to Sài Gòn, now HCM City, with her family when she was 10 years old.

She began her singing career in 1959, and became famous for love songs by well-known composers Trịnh Công Sơn, Phạm Duy, Trường Sa,  Vũ Đức Sao Biển and others from 1968 to 1971.

Her career is associated with many songs by Trường Sa, such as Rồi Mai Tôi Đưa Em (Tomorrow I Send You Away), Xin Còn Gọi Tên Nhau (Please Call Out Our Names), and Mùa Thu Trong Mưa (Autumn Rain).

After 1975, Lệ Thu emigrated to the US with her family and continued her music career in the Vietnamese community.

She worked with Thúy Nga Paris By Night, a music show produced by US-based Thúy Nga Productions.

She recorded 24 solo albums and numerous albums with famous overseas Vietnamese singers like Khánh Ly, Hương Lan and Tuấn Ngọc.

She also performed at music concerts for overseas Vietnamese in the US and other countries.

In 2007, she returned to Việt Nam to take part in concert memorialising late composer Trịnh Công Sơn.

After that, she took part in many concerts and became a judge for several TV music shows.

In 2014, Lệ Thu hosted her first live show in Việt Nam, receiving a very warm welcome from local audiences. —

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/857733/vietnamese-american-songtress-le-thu-dies.html

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UNFPA provides aid to support older Vietnamese people in Covid-19 context

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Old people receive free healthcare services at a community program in Hanoi. The UNFPA has donated personal protective equipment and hygiene items to help Vietnam improve healthcare services for the elderly amid Covid-19 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Vietnam handed over personal protective equipment and hygiene items to the Social Protection Department on January 14 to support caregivers and social care workers who provide services to older people in the Covid-19 context.

The supplies, including gloves, face masks, anti-droplet face shields, thermometers and hand sanitizers worth US$30,000, will be distributed to social protection centers and community caregivers in high-risk cities and provinces such as Hai Duong, Danang and Quang Nam.

According to the UNFPA, Covid-19 has had devastating effects on older people as they are at an increased risk of developing severe conditions and seeing higher death rates from the disease.

As one of the fastest-ageing populations in the world, with the number of older persons aged 65 and above accounting for 7.7% of the total population, Vietnam has done an exemplary job in coping with the Covid-19 pandemic so far.

However, it is critical to prepare the country well to ensure dedicated and uninterrupted care and social security for the elderly to protect them from the pandemic, paying special attention to the elderly who live alone, in facilities and those with disabilities.

Addressing the handover ceremony, Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA representative in Vietnam, said, “Covid-19 is giving us excruciating challenges by amplifying the vulnerabilities of old people. It is clear that the fatality rate for older people is higher and for those above the age of 80, it is five times higher than the global average. Therefore, older people must be a priority while dealing with Covid-19 to ensure no one is left behind in the humanitarian response as well as in development efforts.”

Pham Thi Hai Ha, deputy director of the Social Protection Department under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, highly appreciated UNFPA’s support and affirmed, “Protecting people’s health, particularly healthcare and support for older persons during the Covid-19 pandemic is the top priority of the Government. The protection of health workers and caregivers must also be prioritized as critical and lifesaving and they should be provided with personal protective equipment.”

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80202/unfpa-provides-aid-to-support-older-vietnamese-people-in-covid-19-context.html

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Vietnamese diva Le Thu dies of COVID-19 in US

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Vietnamese diva Le Thu died in the U.S. on Friday (local time) at the age of 78 after a period combating COVID-19, according the artistscommunity in the States.

Thu’s passing away was announced by her daughter, Tu, emcee Jimmy Nhut Ha said on Saturday morning.

Accordingly, Le Thu was admitted to Memorial Coast Hospital in California and had to stay in the intensive care unit.

On January 3, Thu’s daughter said she was in critical condition because of COVID-19.

On Thursday, her family said the diva was still in a coma and ventilator, with her family, friends and  Vietnamese artists in the U.S. praying for her health.

However, Thu passed away at 7:00 pm on Friday (U.S. time) after a critical period of treatment for COVID-19.

Thu’s funeral will not take place in a couple of weeks as the funeral services in her locality is currently overloaded due to the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to singer Quang Thanh – one of Thu’s juniors in the music industry living in the States.

Information about Thu’s funeral in the U.S. will be updated later.

Singer Le Thu, whose real name is Bui Thi Oanh, was born on July 16, 1943. 

She is one of the leading vocalists of the Vietnamese music in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Le Thu, along with Thai Thanh and Khanh Ly, were three singers that took the Vietnamese music world by storm during that period for their performances of popular love songs and pre-war songs by famous composers such as Pham Duy, Cung Tien, Doan Chuan, and Trinh Cong Son.

In 1980, Le Thu relocated to the U.S. with her family.

She remained active in singing before catching COVID-19 .

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/ttnewsstyle/20210116/vietnamese-diva-le-thu-dies-of-covid19-in-us/58822.html

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