05/30/2006 — 11:41(GMT+7)

Ha Noi (VNA) – Vietnamese players had a string of bad luck on May 28 when they all lost in the three quarter-final matches of the 120,000 USD Bingo Bonanza Philippines Badminton Open.

Nonetheless, Viet Nam's top player Nguyen Tien Minh is expected to improve his world ranking by 26 steps to 38th after reaching the quarters in the Philippines.

Losing lots of energy in the three-set win over 14th world ranked Kuan Beng-hong last Saturday, No 9 seed Tien Minh played out of form against his Malaysian rival Hashim Roslin, who is 45 ranks behind on the world table.

Roslin, who is 109 world ranked, capitalised on his 15-year experience to overwhelm Minh's weakened strength in two straight sets. The Malaysian won 21-9, 21-15.

Tran Thanh Hai, although injured, still tried his best in two doubles matches in hope of improving his points to qualify for the world championship.

Hai and Nguyen Quang Minh, 62nd world ranked seeded No 5 in men's doubles, were defeated by Indonesian duo Uki Kasah Yoga and Suryatama Yonathan in two sets, losing 21-14, 21-15.

Hai played with less strength in the mixed doubles later on Sunday when he paired up with women's Top Player Championship titlist Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung.

Hai and Nhung were trounced 21-10; 21-11 by Muhamad Rizal and Gresya Polii of Indonesia.

Tien Minh and Quang Minh will represent Viet Nam in the Singapore Open later this week.-Enditem



An additional 19,000 scholarships will be presented to students in Asia-Pacific countries including Vietnam over the next five years, announced the Australian Embassy in Hanoi on May 29.

The Australian scholarship scheme has been in Vietnam for quite a long time, prioritising human resource development for the country, said Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell. He said that this five-year scholarship programme reflects the strong belief of the Australian government in education-based cooperative relationships with regional countries.

"Vietnam is home to numerous outstanding students, that is why we always encourage and create favourable conditions for the students to earn scholarships," he further said.

At present, Vietnam ranks third among the largest beneficiaries of the Australian government's scholarship programme, which includes the Australian Leadership Awards, the Australian Development Scholarship and the Endeavour Award Programme. All Vietnamese students are eligible to apply for these scholarships for any undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate coursework, research programmes, or vocational training programmes. (VNA)

Vietnamese authorities stripped a police major of his rank Tuesday for organizing betting on a cockfight in his house.


Major Nguyen Hoang Son, 42, a Ho Chi Minh City traffic inspector, was caught red-handed on 19th May playing the bookie in district 9.

He owns a 2,000 sq.m parking lot which he also uses as a cockfight arena.

The police which found 59 gamblers, 19 fighting cocks, and seized VND80 million (US$5,000) and $2,000 in cash, 35 mobile phones, 29 motorbikes, and two cars, has sought warrants to prosecute Son and 24 others involved in the betting.

The city police force had earlier suspended Son.

Cockfights and any other activity held for gambling is illegal in Vietnam.

Reported by Dam Huy – Translated by Hoang Bao

May 31, 2006

The northern-4-flap dress is Vietnam's first "ao dai", only worn on the occasion of the Tet festival. The brown dress with the two fore-flaps tied together and let dangling matches with satin trousers and silk belts. Then the 4 flap dress has been modified into a 3-flap one: the collar being 2 cm high, the sleeves wrapping tightly to the wrists, breast and waist of main flaps, there is also a minor flap reaching down to the fringe. Buttons are made of plaited cloth and buttoned on the side. The collar is turned up obliquely to let appear three color ( or 7 colors ) of the dress. The outermost layer is of brown silk or a kind of black gauze, followed by light yellow, pink, lemon green, and sky-blue… multicolored ones…., attractive yet decent, discrete and harmonious…

Following the Europeanization wave in 1935, Lemur Nguyen Cat Tuong's "modern ao dai" made its apparition. It had puffed out shoulders, cuffed sleeves, a round collar cut breast-deep and laced, a corrugated fringe made of joined cloth of different colors and gaudily laced.

During the the 1939-1945 period there was a conflict on a esthetic concept, resulting in the restoration of the traditional ao dai. Young girls' collar was from 4 cm to 7 cm high, the roundness of which was ensured by a stipt starching, the flaps were of a broad width and of a 1958 and the beginning of 1959, Madam Ngo Dinh Nhu's low-necked, decollete ao dai was launched.

At the beginning of 1971, the raglan-sleeve ao dai renovated by Mrs. Tuyet Mai overcame the wrinkling short comings at the shoulders and the armpits.

From the early 1970's to 1975 it was the period at mini and hippy ao dai widely worn with tights and flares until 1989. The first ao dai beauty contest was restored under the communist regime since 1975 and the traditional ao dai returned to its suave beauty of old times. All young ladies were encouraged to wear the white ao dai to school which has been banned since 1975 after the falling of Sai Gon. All such contests as school beauty, sports beauty has been organized everywhere in the country, ao dai is the main category in these contests. Now only the Tien Phong Newspaper beauty contest is considered the official national contest and who is crowned from this contest become the national beauty queen and she will represent the country in all diplomatic occasions. This contest has been official started in 1992 and repeated every two year sine then ( 1994, 1996, 1998).

The year 1995 was the crowing year for the national ao dai. Truong Quynh Mai's ao dai was chosen the most beautiful national apparel in Tokyo… The 1995 renovated ao dai model suits well modern times, and is more beautiful at it's tightened at the breast, waist and back, its collar evenly circling round from 4 cm to 7 cm high, the sleeves just tighten the arms.

Velvet ao dai, embroidered, painted and printed with flower pattern have created even more exquisite beauty features allowing Vietnam's ao dai to take off ever higher.

Designer Si Hoang

May 30, 2006

Culture Vulture

Designer Si Hoang earned his reputation for putting a new twist on Viet Nam’s traditional dress, the ao dai, over a decade ago. Since then Hoang’s ao dai have been seen on catwalks worldwide.
Recently, however, Hoang has been designing jeans, decorating ceramics and showcasing everything in a trendy tea shop, located in his three-storey company headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City.
Hoang spoke with Le Huong on how he entered the fashion industry and his current projects.

How did you begin designing ao dai and why have you continued to do so for so long?

I decorated my first ao dai in 1989, when a contestant in Miss Ao Dai HCM City, one of the country’s first beauty pageants, asked me to decorate her white ao dai.

I looked at the plain cloth and painted flowers all over it. She took second place in the competition and the trend of painting ao dai was born.

Tailors throughout the city called on me to decorate their ao dai and most of the girls who wore my designs in beauty contest took top prizes. Before I knew it, I was an ao dai designer.

I like the ao dai because it is capable of changing with the times. People can wear ao dai not only to festivals and diplomatic meetings but also in daily life.

The costume is perfectly suited for a dynamic daily life.

People say you are a lucky person. When you touched silk, you created a successful ao dai trademark. When you touched denim, your jeans became incredibly popular and when you touched ceramics, they too became best-sellers. Is there more to it that just luck?

Well, if my success is just luck, than it will not last long. If someone really wants to be successful, he should figure out what he wants and decide if he has enough wisdom, enthusiasm and experience to achieve it.

As I became experienced at decorating ao dai a few years ago, I turned to painting and embroidering blue jeans.

Later I would see American youth enhancing their jeans in the same way.

I was happy to know that my aesthetic sense is not very different from international trends.

But luck is certainly part of it. By chance I discovered the wonderful result of combining the rough surfaces of Cham ethnic minority ceramics with glass bead decorative patterns.

I’m most proud not of creating so many popular works of art but that I’m among a small group of people trying to save this rare ceramic art form from being forgotten.

Many poor local artisans now have jobs producing ceramics for my designs.

In your opinion, what is your responsibility as a fashion designer?

A fashion designer should always remember for whom he is designing clothing. Clothing should make the customer feel and look more beautiful and respectable.

I have never imposed what I want on my customers because I understand that clothing reflects the wearer’s style, ideas, and position.

How do you intend to expand your business this year?

Apart from continuing to design ao dai, jeans and ceramics, I recently set up a tea shop on the third floor of my company’s office building.

People can come and learn about Vietnamese culture through tasting authentic Vietnamese teas, while enjoying fashion shows and traditional folk music every night. I plan to open another tea shop in the city.

Si Hoang Company headquarters and tea shop are located at 36-38 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1, HCM City. — VNS

by Ngo Thu Hue

What started out as something to do for peasants between the rice harvests has become a symbol of the romantic city of Hue, and the key to one village’s economy.

The people of Tay Ho village, on the banks of the Nhu Y River outside Hue, recall that Bui Quang Bac was the first to make non bai tho (poetry hats) back in the 1660s.

These look like the conical hats available throughout the country but when held up to the light, silhouettes of verse can be seen.

The villagers say Bac adored poems which captured the soul and beauty of Hue and so stuck the verses on the inside of non so he would always be able to read them.

His idea has been built on by subsequent crafts-people so now the hats include poems as well as pictures of Hue landmarks such as Linh Mu Pagoda and Trang Tien Bridge.

Centuries of toil

The village’s non tradition began when farmers were ruled by a feudal system which forced them to look for other ways to make extra money.

During the wars for the country’s independence, the village’s women diligently kept their non making skills alive while the men went to the front.

People still believe that the village’s non stand out from others available because of the women’s skill and pride in their craft.

When the men returned from war, the production of the hats became segregated so men now tend to make the hat frames and prepare the materials while the women undertake the more difficult tasks of ironing and polishing the leaf and ensuring the tautness of the finished product.

Tay Ho hats are known for their glossiness as well as the ring threaded around the top which is said to make them stronger than other non.

Standing out

Girls from the village have continued making non when they marry and move away, ensuring the tradition has been spread throughout the central province of Thua Thien Hue.

But Tay Ho still has a stranglehold over the market.

Only seven of the village’s 307 households don’t make the hats and the craftspeople manage to send tens of thousands of non to markets every month.

Selling for an average VND5,000 to VND7,000, the Tay Ho non have managed to hold their own against the increasing competition from other villages.

It’s not a particularly profitable craft though, most people only earn VND10,000 a day for their labours. But for Tay Ho villagers the process of transforming the coconut leaves has taken root in their daily lives.

Most of the residents spend the evenings sitting with their family and crafting the hats.

Truong Thi Be, 80, who has been involved in the business for as long as she can remember, said the village’s hat makers are able to put a bit of their soul into their creations, ensuring they are more desirable than the competition.

Poetic seal: While young women donning ao dai and a non hat have become increasingly hard to find in big cities nowadays, they can be spotted in Hue, Viet Nam’s non capital. — VNS Photo Nguyen Phuc Son

Non are popular with local and foreign tourists who head to the city’s central Dong Ba market to bargain with the many sellers for their own slice of Hue.

Young women in the area grow up with a love of the hats and go to all lengths to find the trappings which will make theirs more noticeable. It is common for them to have hats made up incorporating their favourite verse and pictures.

Non have become so entrenched as a symbol of Hue that it is now impossible for Vietnamese people to imagine the city without thinking about women in their ao dai and the ever present head covering. VNS

miss vietnam global

May 30, 2006


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