(18-05-2006)

by Thu Ngoc

Something’s fishy: This clay work entitled Fish by Nhung is among the ceramic pieces in his shop.

Art enthusiasts in HCM City will get the chance to com-pare and contrast the creativity of two Asian nations through the works of Vietnamese and Australian artists, on display in city’s art district this month.

At Nhung Ceramics on 43 Dong Khoi Street, young sculptor Vu Huu Nhung displays 100 ceramic works in different shapes and sizes, using bright colours like red and yellow.

Highlight works in his display include Sinh Vien (Students), Vu Quy (The bride goes to her husband’s house) and Hoi Lang (Village festival).

Sinh Vien, a series of three sculptures featuring human faces represent Nhung’s perspective on young people living in modern society. Through the works, Nhung displays a new style of creation while at the same time making use of traditional materials.

"Through my art, I want to introduce my village’s traditional ceramics to urban art lovers, particularly youngsters who often find inspiration through installation and performance," said Nhung.

Born in Bac Ninh Province’s Phu Lang Village, famous for its traditional ceramics, Nhung understands that it is the young generation’s duty to act as envoys to carry on traditional village art.

To improve his skills in making ceramics, Nhung spent four years studying sculpture in the Ha Noi Industrial Fine Arts College.

"Without knowledge and skills, I couldn’t bring my village’s traditional art to the world," said the 31-year-old artist.

Nhung’s sculptures go for VND1 million (US$60) to VND20 million ($1,220) per item, with his running to May 19.

Contemporary installations

Along with Nhung, four Australian artists are introducing visual art at Mai’s Gallery on 16 Nguyen Hue Street, as an expression of their deep feeling for Viet Nam and its people.

Entitled Procession, their works of bamboo, paper and cloth blend to create a medium of visual art: images and objects.

"Through my works, viewers can learn more about war and its consequences," said Glen Clarke, a professional sculptor who graduated in art and design from Melbourne’s Monash University.

Clarke has on display 20 photographs, which focus on the fallout from bombs, mines and craters in Quang Tri Province, one of the country’s regions which suffered the most during the American war.

Clarke said his works "combine fact and feeling," and for him, the best works educate people.

Gail Joy Kenning has an appreciation for local fashion Viet Nam’s beautiful women in their traditional ao dai tunic dresses and non (conical) hats.

Her works utilise cloth and computers, and provide visitors with basic knowledge on how to use computers in creating new fashion designs.

"I feel Viet Nam in my own way. The country and its culture make me to discover," said Gail, who has visited Asia, particularly Viet Nam, many times.

Sue Pedley used paper, bamboo, bags and saxophones to create simple works but different in detail and meaning. She said she called her show, The Sound of Dark.

Botina Ely has 24 photographs on display, featuring the discovery of the world and its people. Botina doubles as a fine arts lecturer of the Sydney University, and her work promises a unique perspective on the world today.

The shows run until May 21, from 8am to 9pm every day. — VNS

Thanh Nien News | Sports | Police interrogate more match-fixing footballers

 
 
former Saigon Port players, Ho Van Loi  

Vietnamese police questioned three more footballers Thursday over a match-fixing scam five years ago for which several people have already been indicted and/or arrested.

The three former Saigon Port FC players, Luong Trung Tuan, Tran Quang Huy and Nguyen Van Tuan, were called to Hanoi following allegations they are among some 15 players from the club who took VND250 million (US$15,700) for throwing a crucial match in 2000-01.

The alleged paymaster, Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) FC coach Huu Thang Thang, was arrested last year.

The police revealed they got information of the three players’ involvement from Truong Tan Hai, an ex-Saigon Port player who was arrested in March.

Hai had admitted to receiving the $15,700 from Thang and distributing to his teammates, with each receiving different sums based on their ‘performance’.

Thang has also admitted he bribed players from another club, HCMC Football Team, for throwing games and helping SLNA to win the title.

Last week five former Saigon Port players, Huynh Hong Son, Ho Van Loi, Nguyen Phuc Nguyen Chuong, Nguyen Van Phung, and Bui Xuan Thuy, were charged with bribery and match fixing.

Two of them, Son and Loi, were arrested last week and are in a prison near Hanoi.

Police, however, refused to name the remaining on the list of 15 players.

Luong Trung Tuan’s uncle Luong Trung Viet, a referee, was arrested in August last year in another bribery and match-fixing case.

Tuan himself has just served out a suspension for involvement in another match-fixing case and returned to playing.

Reported by Nguyen Binh, Thanh Phong – Translated by Minh Phat

 
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Published: 19 May, 2006, 11:36:33 (GMT+7)
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By LIZ CONDO
Advocate staff photographer
Published: May 20, 2006

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NEW ORLEANS — A thousand voices recited the rosary in Vietnamese as  they paraded debris-littered streets, past gutted homes
and FEMA trailers.

Their shoulders bore flower-adorned statues of Mary through a devastated neighborhood near the University  of New Orleans on the way to Our Lady of La Vang Mission.

Inside the church, the scent of freshly laid carpet lingered as Tran Dinh Truong knelt before a statue of the Virgin Mother.

Truong had come from New York City for last weekend’s annual convention honoring Mary — an event he has never missed since its inception in 1992.

Each May, thousands of Vietnamese pilgrims, from as far away as New York and California, come for the sacred festival — a celebration made perhaps more special this time because of obstacles overcome since Hurricane Katrina.

Though the crowd was about a fourth its usual size, the celebration was needed to demonstrate the resilience of the congregation and its commitment to faith, participants said.

Simon Dinh, a youth group leader from St. Petersburg, Fla., who has attended all 14 conventions, explained that Mary holds a special place for Vietnamese Catholics.

According to tradition, Mary appeared to believers in Vietnam on multiple occasions to offer healing and encouragement.

So, soon after the hurricane, Dinh contacted the Rev. Dominic Huyen Nguyen, pastor of Our Lady of La Vang, and learned the annual event would go on no matter what.

“My reaction right away was, we have to do it,” Dinh said.

But more than eight months ago, the church was a mess, much like most of the homes around it remain today.

The Rev. Anton Ba Phan, a parish priest, first saw the extent of the damage a month after Katrina made landfall.

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