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

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

The Tale of Lady Thị Kính: Xem online! – Watch online anytime!

2 buổi trình diễn tiêu biểu của vở opera The Tale of Lady Thị Kính đã được tải lên mạng. Mọi người có thể xem lúc nào cũng được. Buổi trình diễn của ê kíp 1: ngày 7 tháng 2 năm 2014.  Buổi trình diễn của ê kíp 2: ngày 14 tháng 2 năm 2014. NHẤN VÀO HÌNH BÊN DƯỚI. Màn hình IU Music live! sẽ hiện ra. Tìm vở opera “The Tale of Lady Thị Kính by P.Q. Phan” ở ngay phía dưới. Nhấp chuột và xem.

Thiện Sĩ (Christopher Sokolowski) - Sùng Bà (Julianne Park) - Sùng Ông (Daniel Lentz). Photo: Anvi Hoàng.

Thiện Sĩ (Christopher Sokolowski) – Sùng Bà (Julianne Park) – Sùng Ông (Daniel Lentz). Photo: Anvi Hoàng.

2 performances of The Tale of Lady Thị Kính by the two casts are available online for you to watch anytime. They are the performances on February 7, 2014 by cast 1 and February 14, 2014 by cast 2. CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW. IU Music live! page will open. Look for “The Tale of Lady Thị Kính by P.Q. Phan.” Click and watch.

Đám cưới - The wedding: Thiện Sĩ (Will Perkins) - Sùng Bà (Sooyeon Kim) - Sùng Ông (Bruno Sandes). Photo: Anvi Hoàng.

Đám cưới – The wedding: Thiện Sĩ (Will Perkins) – Sùng Bà (Sooyeon Kim) – Sùng Ông (Bruno Sandes). Photo: Anvi Hoàng.

 

Bàn/Review: The Tale of Lady Thị Kính by P.Q. Phan for diaCRITICS

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…The result is a very modern and abstract stage setting to fit the general vision and also to reflect the predominantly Western music of The Tale of Lady Thị Kính. The use of very vivid colors…

…Kết quả là một sân khấu hiện đại mang tính tượng trưng để thích hợp với định hướng dàn dựng của đạo diễn cũng như âm nhạc mang phong cách phương Tây của vở The Tale of Lady Thị Kính. Cách dùng màu sắc tươi sáng…

Đọc ở đây / Read more here.

Anvi Hoàng reviews The Tale of Lady Thị Kính by P.Q. Phan

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

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

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First, a note: The Tale of Lady Thị Kính is an opera, not a musical. One fascinating thing about opera singers is that they don’t use microphone the way singers in musicals do. What you hear in an opera is the opera singers’ very own true voice projecting over the orchestra to reach the end of the hall. Opera singers must be able to read music, and their music is a hundred times more complicated. AND, it is an insult to call an opera singer by any other name but opera singer. There are many more differences between these two forms of theater, opera and musical, you could look up if you are interested in the subject. Now back to the review of The Tale of Lady Thị Kính. Continue reading

Tết 2014: Somewhere between the thirties and seventies

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Memory is a slice of the soul not to be judged?

I started to collect Tết memories from others two years ago and felt addicted. Somehow, I thought Tết memory was a slice of the soul not to be judged, thus being able to bring Vietnamese everywhere together. You don’t have to tell me – I was completely wrong. Even a single DNA in a Vietnamese body can be viewed against a certain ideology-and-rage-infused lens and deemed unfit. People can really do that! 

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Two days only! / Chỉ hai ngày thôi!

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4 buổi trình diễn: 2 buổi được truyền trực tiếp:

Truyền trực tiếp trên mạng vở opera Câu Chuyện Bà Thị Kính /
The Tale of Lady Thị Kính của nhà soạn nhạc P.Q. Phan.

Do IU Opera Theater Sản xuất và Diễn lần đầu.

Ngày 8 tháng 2 năm 2014, 8 giờ sáng. Và, Ngày 9 tháng 2 năm 2014, 8 giờ sáng. Giờ Việt Nam.

Hoặc Ngày 7 tháng 2 năm 2014, 8 giờ tối. Và, Ngày 8 tháng 2 năm 2014, 8 giờ tối, giờ Miền Đông (5 giờ chiều giờ miền Tây).

Buổi diễn ngày 14, 15 tháng 2 năm 2014 không được truyền trực tiếp.

http://music.indiana.edu/iumusiclive/streaming/ **

** Đến đúng ngày, nhấn vào link, màn hình sẽ hiện “The Tale of Lady Thị Kính” sẵn sàng. Trong khi chờ đợi mời bạn xem các màn biểu diễn trước của nhà hát IU Opera. Muốn đọc, muốn nghe, muốn xem đều đủ cả trong trang web trên.

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4 performances, 2 of which are streamed live:

Live streaming of The Tale of Lady Thị Kính by P.Q. Phan.

Premiered and Produced by IU Opera Theater.

February 7, 8:00 PM EDT. And February 8, 8:00 PM EDT (5PM Western time).

(February 8 of 2014, 8:00 AM, Vietnam time. And February 9 of 2014, 8:00 AM Vietnam time.)

The performances on February 14, 15 of 2014 are not streamed.

http://music.indiana.edu/iumusiclive/streaming/ **

** When the time comes, click on the link and the screen will show The Tale of Lady Thị Kính for you to click on to watch. In the meantime, please enjoy other shows by IU Opera Theater also available online. Read, listen, and watch via the blue link.

Vietnamese jokes for the holidays

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The holiday season of each year is also the eating season. We hang around the kitchen table and talk and eat all day long.

Think about it: Ordinary people like us these days eat better than kings and queens in the past. Once delicious, rare foods from all corners of the earth reserved for the privileged only are now staple parts of our everyday diet. Food is so abundant we sometimes don’t know what to eat anymore. Continue reading