15:52′ 21/04/2006 (GMT+7)

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Trung Dung.

VietNamNet – “This is a talented and very special man!” That’s the first thing I heard about Trung Dung, and it made me curious.


As a habit, the first address I search to satisfy my curiosity is Google. Surprisingly, the first search result I saw was the Wikipedia page, the most popular electronic encyclopedia in the world.


Apart from a photo of Trung Dung is brief information: born and grew up in south Vietnam and migrated to the US at the age of 17; the founder and managing director of two big software companies in the US, On Display Inc., and Fogbreak Software; earned the Gold Torch award for outstanding Vietnamese-American at the annual congress of the Vietnamese-American community held in Washington D.C in 2004.The story of Trung Dung’s life and career has been published in many famous newspapers: Forbes, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is also one of the 17 examples of success for immigrants in the US listed in Dan Rather’s book “The American Dream”.


I also found a series of results on Google about this young man: one of the most successful young Vietnamese-American businessmen in the US, the founder and member of the management board of the DICentral Software Company, the outstanding person of the legal organisation on immigration and an honourary member of many Vietnamese-American associations in the US.


“I have a dream…”


The road to success for Trung Dung was up and down. He came to the US with only $2 in his pocket and did not know any English. At that time he was only 17.


More than 20 years later, sitting in the living-room of VietNamNet, he is a ‘big boss’ in Silicon Valley. He owns two big software companies worth billions of US dollars. Before our eyes is a simple and calm man, who has a deep, warm voice and humble manner. These may be the characteristics that have not changed much since he came to the US.


“Luck is a very important factor. But the more important factor is one must have a real dream and know what he wants to do. Martin Lurther King had a famous statement – ‘I have a dream’. I think all of us should have a dream and try to pursue it, and hope that one day we can realize it.”


The greatest dream for Trung Dung, the 17-year-old student, at that time, might have been escaping from poverty by getting a university diploma.


Though Dung’s English was modest, his knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences helped him get into Massachusetts University. Not squandering the opportunity, he studied very well though he had to do many jobs – he was a waiter in restaurants, a cleaner at hospitals, etc. –  to have money to pay school fees, to maintain his life and send money to his family in Vietnam.


Graduating from Massachusetts University, Trung Dung continued his studies and obtained a Doctorate of Computer Sciences, and then found a stable job in a software firm in Massachusetts.


He could have been satisfied with what he had, but realizing that there was an opportunity to develop his idea on network business, Trung Dung gave up his job to follow his new dream – giving up an opportunity to have assets of shares worth US$1mil.


OnDisplay, Trung Dung’s first software company, was based on a very simple concept: producing a software product to process information from other websites, then re-clarifying the information to convenience users. As the first person to suggest the idea, and being inexperienced in the business world, Trung Dung was refused by many investors.


In its most difficult hour, OnDisplay caught the eye of an expert in e-commerce, Mark Pine, the managing director of an important division of Sybase, a big data management software company. “I see potential in Trung Dung and believe in him,” he said, after he met Trung Dung for the first time.


Mark Pine agreed to work as the managing director of OnDisplay. Two week later, the value of OnDisplay soared. This company quickly had over 80 clients, including the big e-commerce and e-portal service company, Travelocity. OnDisplay also cooperated with IBM and Microsoft and newly emerging firms like Ariba, BroadVision and CommerceOne.


In 2000, a group bought OnDisplay for $1.8bil.


However, Trung Dung’s dream wasn’t finished. Moving to California, the cradle of technology in the US, the young man invested in his second company, Fogbreak Solutions, which specialised in applications to optimise the production capacities of production lines. Fogbreak was invested in by big firms as Matrix Partners, Greylock and Sigma Partners.


Luck was an indispensable factor on the road to success for this overseas Vietnamese, but there is one thing that we can’t deny. This is the ‘luck’ of the ones who have broad vision, character, work hard, and know how to grasp opportunities.


This is the first time Trung Dung has returned to Vietnam since he left the country in 1984. “I’m very happy and really surprised. I’ve heard that Vietnam is developing very fast and has changed much but I couldn’t have imagined the extent of development and changes in the country”.


Seeing with his own eyes the changes in Vietnam, Trung Dung is not only proud but also has hopes and expectations. “This time I returned to Vietnam to determine the potential of the software industry, the Vietnamese market in general and investment opportunities. Though I am only staying here for a short period of time, I feel the energy of a busy and bustling life in Vietnam. Investment opportunities are not only in the hi-tech industry but in other fields,” he said.


“The issue that overseas Vietnamese businessmen like me attach importance to is the laws on investment and economics. The clearer they are, the easier it is for us. This is more important than preferential policies because preferential policies are temporary,” he added.


Trung Dung reads Vietnamese newspapers very often and pays special attention to economic issues, especially the equitisation of state-owned enterprises. “This is a very important move for our economy and it also creates opportunities for people like me”.


However, the road of return for this successful businessman is not limited to business. “There are many things I want to do to help Vietnam. In the future I will assist the education sector, especially primary and secondary education. This field of investment is not for profit. It is a serious task requiring serious thinking to change the social environment,” he said.


Trung Dung has begun investing in Vietnamese education by joining the management board of the Vietnam Education Fund (VEF).


When you left Vietnam in 1984, did you think that one day you would return like this? he was asked. Of course, he answered unhesitatingly. “I knew that I would return. I was just not sure when I would have an opportunity”.


Looking into his eyes, I understand his next dream is the dream of Vietnam, the dream of return.


Khanh Ngoc

21:29′ 02/05/2006 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet – Two Vietnamese films, “Mua Len Trau” (Buffalo Boy) and “Nguoi dan ba mong du” (Sleep-walking Woman), were screened at  the opening day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) film festival in Mexico City on April 28.

Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Le Van Thinh expressed his belief that the festival will play a bridge role in deepening understanding of Mexican people about landscapes, people, culture and history of ASEAN countries in general and Vietnam in particular.

The week-long event, co-hosted by Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Filipino and Thai embassies in Mexico, will air a number of motion pictures of Southeast Asian countries, which features their cultural diversity.

(Source: ND)


By Ron Gluckman
555 words
Apr 28 2006
The Wall Street Journal Asia
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HO CHI MINH CITY -- The world doesn't pay much
attention to Vietnamese cinema, and it's easy to see
why. The Communist government maintains strict control
over the movie industry, resulting in a flood of
state-funded films with nationalist themes. Finally, a
new law allowing for films made by private firms may
help put Vietnamese flicks on the map.

At least one promising director is seizing this
opportunity. Othello Khanh, the owner of a major
Vietnamese film-production company called CreaTV,
hopes to make homegrown cinema that will make a splash
overseas. Before recent changes in local law, this
wouldn't have been possible. Privately-made films were
only recently authorized, but a lack of investment and
scant possibility of profit in a country with few
cinemas has kept the industry grounded.

The real change came in November of last year, with
the announcement that local film companies could
partner with overseas entities to make films in
Vietnam, as long as the company making the movie was
majority-owned by Vietnamese or ethnic Vietnamese. The
Paris-born Mr. Khanh's Vietnamese background allowed
him to make the cut.

The curly-haired Mr. Khanh, seated atop a piano stool
in the swank new Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel, dreams of
using film to give the world a glimpse of contemporary
Vietnam. "We want to create a new Vietnam realism," he
tells me. "We want to show this country in the midst
of renewal, how it is now, how people live." His debut
feature, "Saigon Eclipse," will be mostly in English.
Shooting begins next week, and he plans for the film
to be in cinemas by Christmas.

A new "Vietnamese realism" is most sorely needed. At
the moment, the outside image of the country's cinema
is mainly limited to films produced by foreigners and
which focus on the Vietnam War. Films like "Platoon,"
and "Apocalypse Now," were all filmed outside of
Vietnam. "The Quiet American," was shot locally, but
is similarly mired in the country's past.

Saigon Moon focuses on problems facing contemporary
Vietnam, such as the movement to modernize the
country's film industry, and Mr. Khanh's personal role
in this endeavor. His script draws on personal diaries
dating back to 1995, when Mr. Khanh first arrived in
Vietnam. He was recruited by the Vietnamese government
to help modernize the local TV industry.

As part of his bid to make Saigon Eclipse appeal to
overseas audiences, Mr. Khanh assembled an all-star
cast of local and overseas Vietnamese actors. Brothers
Johnny and Dustin Nguyen hail from America, while the
hot young half-Vietnamese actress Marjolaine Bui comes
from France. Domestic stars include Nhu Quynh, whose
25-year career was launched by "Indochine."

The barely million-dollar budget for "Saigon Eclipse"
is all privately raised. While this may be pocket
change by Hollywood standards, it is still four times
what most local features cost, according to Cat Vu,
who writes for Lao Dong newspaper and has covered
Vietnam's film industry for 30 years.

For now, profits are not Mr. Khanh's main priority. He
says a deal is nearly complete for Saigon Eclipse's
international rights, which would make it the first
locally produced film to win wide release. "In
Vietnam, the only way for a film to be successful is
to export," he says. At the very least, such films
will better provide the world with a glimpse into
today's Vietnam.

--- Donny Tran <tran_donny@yahoo.com> w


Tourism officials from an Australian state visited Vietnam Wednesday hoping to sell their country as an attractive destination.

Lim Mui Khim, the Tourism Authority of Queensland director in charge of South East Asia, said the agency would soon collaborate with a number of airlines and tourism companies to offer reasonable prices for Vietnamese people traveling to Queensland.

Reported by Trung Binh – Translated by Thu Thuy

Seattle Weekly.com

July 12, 2006


Goodwill has reached agreement with a developer on a plan that could transform the neighborhood.

By Mike Seely

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Goodwill Industries’ local chapter has wrestled with how to pay for desired multimillion-dollar upgrades to an increasingly decrepit thrift store, warehouse, and job training facility on 8 acres along South Dearborn Street west of Rainier Avenue South. That land straddles the Little Saigon wing of the International District and the Rainier Avenue commercial corridor. In 2000, local developer Wright Runstad purchased $3.75 million in adjacent parcels and announced a partnership with the charity. Goodwill was to receive upgraded facilities in exchange for allowing Wright Runstad to develop office space. Post-dot-com crash, however, the project fizzled, with Wright Runstad flipping the $3.75 million parcel back to Goodwill in 2005, as per their agreement.

Enter Darrell Vange of Ravenhurst Development, a local partner of TRF Pacific, who has reached an agreement in principle to develop a six-story, 700,000-square-foot mixed-use retail development with some 500 mixed- income housing units and underground parking for 2,300 vehicles—subject to city approval and rezoning from industrial-commercial to neighborhood-commercial. (For comparison, Northgate Mall is about 1 million square feet and has some 6,000 parking spaces.)

The deal, which is in environmental review, provides Goodwill with condominiumlike stewardship of 120,000 square feet in new educational, retail, and warehouse facilities. In exchange, TRF will be given control of the property, valued conservatively at $20 million.

Sounds like a win-win, right? Not for everyone. Earlier this month, the Vietnamese-American Economic Development Association (VEADA) began a signature drive among Little Saigon merchants and residents in opposition to the Goodwill redevelopment, citing traffic and compatibility issues in an area that is quickly becoming one of the city’s most surprising, organically growing small-business districts. “Essentially, it’s a suburban mall dressed up in a spiffy urban outfit,” VEADA Executive Director Quang Nguyen says of the project.

VEADA has collected more than 600 signatures, with a goal of 2,000. “It’s not in sync with what the neighborhood has been planning for a long time,” says Nguyen. “With Chinatown, we’ve been working on a neighborhood plan that tries to encourage transit-oriented development, and this project is certainly not transit-oriented. It’s auto-oriented and big-box retail. The arterials are already pretty congested, and if you add this extra element, you’re just going to clog up the streets, and it’s going to make our customers less likely to go to our business district.”

Counters Vange: “The city is reviewing our traffic study right now, and I do not believe traffic will be a problem. Where we do affect the behavior of intersections, we’re required to mitigate it, which we will do by redesigning intersections, widening streets, adding turn lanes, etc.”

Vange adds that he has presented a plan to VEADA outlining the new development’s intent to promote and offer space to existing small businesses.

Meanwhile, Goodwill Seattle CFO Michael Jurich is confident that the process is still fluid enough for all sides to come away satisfied. “We’ve had a number of community meetings and feel we have a good relationship with VEADA,” says Jurich. “Their concerns are concerns which we’re hopeful the developer and they can work out so this project is good for all the community.

“As a nonprofit, we don’t have a lot of capacity to spend tens of millions of dollars on new facilities,” says Jurich. “We were in a fortunate position that our forefathers had bought this property, so for years we’ve been trying to address our long-term facility needs by leveraging the value of this property. It turned out to be a fabulous plan from our perspective. We’ll have about a 20 percent increase in job training capacity with the new facility.”

“Obviously, this is an opportunity for us; otherwise we wouldn’t be doing it,” acknowledges Vange. “But this is also a fabulous opportunity for Goodwill to get new facilities for the future so they can continue to expand their mission of job training and education.”


The Japanese people are deeply concerned with and completely in favour of Vietnam’s law suit against U.S chemical companies, said Japanese singer Yokoi Kumiko in Hanoi on May 3.

The well-known singer brought to the working session with the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) a message that reads: “the Japanese people wish to share and to mitigate the Vietnamese victims’ sufferings due to the Agent Orange/dioxin.”

“I was utterly distressed by the US court’s ruling that dismissed the Vietnamese victims’ lawsuit,” said Yokoi.

In an interview with a Vietnam News Agency reporter, she said she still believed that the Vietnamese people will succeed in the fight for justice.

On behalf of the 23-member delegation, Yokoi presented Yen 100,000 to VAVA Deputy President Nguyen Trong Nhan in support of AO/dioxin victims. Late in the afternoon the same day, the delegation visited and presented wheelchairs to the Hoa Binh (Peace) village, around 10 km from Hanoi, that provides food and care for more than 100 child AO/dioxin victims.

The trip is part of the delegation’s five-day working activities, which will involve visits to welfare centres, delving deeply into the lives of child victims of the lethal substance and making them the centrepiece of their calls for the international community’s support.

Yokoi has been associated with the Southeast Asian country since early 1970, when she joined several demonstrations in Japan against the US war in Vietnam.

In 1972, she toured Hanoi and central Quang Binh province, bringing anti-war songs that encouraged the fighting spirit of the Vietnamese soldiers. In 1994, nearly 20 years after the US-Vietnam war, the singer gave her first performance in Hanoi to raise funds for poor children and those with disabilities caused by AO/dioxin. Since then, she has staged eight charity concerts and dozens of music shows in centres for disabled children across the country. Records of those performances were sold to collect money for disabled children.

She is now planning another fundraising show in the central city of Hue in 2007. (VNA)