ON LIFE : For The Memory

Photo by Anvi Hoàng.

Photo by Anvi Hoàng.

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Are you ready for world-class, luxury and coziness? Welcome to Musco Center for the Arts orchestra hall. Continue reading

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Blood moon – Mặt trăng đỏ

Do you see the stars as well? - Các bạn có thấy các ngôi sao sáng chung quanh mặt trăng không? (Photo: Anvi Hoàng)

Do you see the stars as well? – Các bạn có thấy các ngôi sao sáng chung quanh mặt trăng không? (Photo: Anvi Hoàng)

Đọc phần tiếng Việt phía bên dưới. The Vietnamese version follows the English one.

Sunday, September 27 of 2015 total lunar eclipse was predicted to be visible in Bloomington, Indiana, starting at 8:11PM. I was waiting. Continue reading

Sending your kids to the US for school? Stories from the ‘kids’ (part 3 of 3)

sequoia national park - © Anvi Hoàng

sequoia national park – © Anvi Hoàng

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To balance out the story I have been presenting you, I am ending this series with the voices of the used-to-be ‘kids’ who came here to the US for school. Read their stories to find out what is happening to them right now or could be waiting for them at the end of this educational journey. The original responses were in English, unless noted otherwise. Continue reading

Sending your kids to the US for school? Team Nina Nhung Hoang and Glen Tatum’s tips for Vietnamese parents (part 2 of 3)

© Anvi Hoàng

© Anvi Hoàng

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Nina Nhung Hoang (no relation to me) and her husband, Glen Tatum, have more than ten years of experience in hosting Vietnamese students at their home. In part 2 of this series, the focus is on details of everyday life the Vietnamese students experience in their home: daily schedule from the time everybody is up to the time they go to bed, their weekend and holiday activities, the kid’s daily or weekly chores to keep their room and the house clean, etc. Among these things, discipline is essential. And Nina and Glen are good with that because both of them used to be teachers. Nina was teaching for ten years in Vietnam before coming to the US and Glen with more than ten years of college teaching experience before changing his job. Glen is responsible for imparting American culture to the kids, and Nina holding down the Vietnamese side. Nina’s motto is to keep the good things from Vietnamese culture and learn the positive things from American culture.

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Sending your kids to the US for school? Check out Nina Nhung Hoang’s tips for Vietnamese parents (part 1 of 3)

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As of 2015, Vietnam is the fastest growing market, in terms of percentage, of international students coming to the US for studying. To be more precise, World Education News and Reviews (WENR) predicted that Vietnam is one of top four emerging markets to watch in the next three years, through 2018, when it comes to international student recruitment for America. Yes, you heard it right. Continue reading

Memory in a Pearl

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We live in an era where discoveries and inventions are everyday happenings and we take them for granted, maybe, especially in the high tech industry. When was the last time you held the latest version of a tablet or a smart phone in your hands and was touched by the remarkable efforts put into it? I meant really touched in your heart it made you want to cry to look at the object! Think about the last time your heart felt tinkled at receiving a gift of any kind! When was it? I wonder whether the normalcy of frequent appearance of new toys and tools made available by high tech that makes life too preoccupied or predictable in some way for us to appreciate its many gifts any more. Continue reading

One road: 5: Fight the cultural war.

Fighting China Inside and Out

Cảnh thăng hoa - The finale scene. Photo: Anvi Hoàng.

The finale scene in the opera The Tale of Lady Thị Kính. Photo: Anvi Hoàng.

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Vietnam is a small country next to China. That is one reason it is still bullied by China in the games that it plays with its two other counterparts, America and Russia. Frustrating. Mad. Raged. I would not indulge in these emotions. Whether the war between China and Vietnam escalates or not, whether world war III would be in sight or not, and no matter who loses and wins, my commitment is to a stronger and more prosperous Vietnam, a situation that is made possible by Vietnamese in the homeland essentially, unfortunately for me. As someone who already left the country, I am limited to not endorsing nonconstructive criticism of Vietnam, at the same time consciously serve as a Vietnam advocate who provides factual information about Vietnam and its culture for non-Vietnamese. This way, I have chosen one road to walk on. For myself and for the vindication of my soul: I chose the cultural battle. Continue reading

One road: 1-4: Be proud and boycott.

Fighting China Inside and Out

Tranh kỹ thuật số của Hoàng Ngọc Biên - Digital artwork by Hoàng Ngọc Biên.

Tranh kỹ thuật số của Hoàng Ngọc Biên – Digital artwork by Hoàng Ngọc Biên.

—– Đọc bài tiếng Việt —– 

Without pride to anchor in life, we are lost.

Vietnam is a small country next to China. That is one reason it is still bullied by China in the games that China plays with its two other counterparts, America and Russia. Frustrating. Mad. Raged. I would not indulge in these emotions. Whether the war between China and Vietnam escalates or not, whether World War III would be in sight or not, and no matter who loses and wins, my commitment is to a long-term goal of building a stronger and more prosperous Vietnam, a situation that is made possible by Vietnamese in the homeland essentially, unfortunately for me. As someone who already left the country, I am limited to not endorsing nonconstructive criticism of Vietnam, at the same time consciously serve as a Vietnam advocate who provides factual information about Vietnam and its culture for non-Vietnamese. This way, I have chosen one road to walk on. For myself and for the vindication of my soul: I chose the cultural battle. Continue reading

Style with 2,000 dollars

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Suppose I was given 2,000 dollars for a birthday gift, what would I do with it? 2,000 is definitely not little, but not too much, either. With the normal spending habits of the time, the trace of this 2,000 will be in thin air the next month. Worse, I probably have a hard time trying to remember what I bought with the money. I consider this a really sad reality of my memory and state of life. Like this: Continue reading