Vietnamese ao dai auctioned for US$7,000
15:41′ 01/11/2007 (GMT+7)

Truc Diem wears the $7,000 handmade ao dai

VietNamNet Bridge – Last night a handmade ao dai worn by the Vietnamese representative at Miss Earth 2007 pageant contest was auctioned for $7,000 to raise funds for charity at the Gala Dinner Vinpearland.


The winner of the auction was Tran Minh Son, Director of the New Son Company. The auction is a very interesting part of the fancy party, where participants had to pay $200 each.


The starting price of this ao dai was $1,000, instead of $2,000 as the organisers announced before. However, it sold for $7,000.


Truc Diem cried when calling for benefactors to buy this ao dai to raise funds for disadvantaged children.


“This ao dai is not only made by hand, but it is made by hearts,” she said in English.


(Source: TNO)

Hong Kong actress gets role in new Vietnamese film

In early December, Hong Kong actress Christy Chung will begin a new role acting in the upcoming Vietnamese movie, Song Long Anh Hung (double dragons), the producers told Thanh Nien.

The movie will be produced by Nam Phuong Entertainment Ltd. Co., Huynh Le Nguyen Film Co. and the Hong Kong-based DEL Production firm.

The 37-year-old actress born to a Vietnamese mother and Chinese father was the runner-up in the Miss Chinese International pageant held in Hong Kong in 1993.

Chung became a well-known star in Chinese popular culture after her role in The Bride with White Hair 2 (1993) and then went on to act in a large number of Cantonese films.

The new film, written by Hoang Ngoc Vu and Thach Nguyen, unfolds during the Prior Le Dynasty and will be co-directed by John Dravermen from the US, Thach Nguyen of Vietnam and Tony Loeng from China, who was the scene-assistant for worldwide renowned director Zhang Yimou.

In addition to Chung, a series of other well-known Vietnamese actors such as People’s Artist Diep Lang, Mac Can, Chi Bao, model Ngoc Quyen, and singer Minh Thuan and Vietnamese-American actress Helen Thanh Dao will have roles in the VND13 billion (US$807,500) film.

The new movie, to be filmed over three months in Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China, is set to be released in the summer of 2008.

Overseas Vietnamese named in top 100 living geniuses

A Vietnamese man living overseas has recently made the world list of 100 Living Geniuses, according to a survey by Creators Synectics – a global business consulting company.

Vo Dinh Tuan, who now resides in the US, was selected for his work in biomedical engineering and for his vast contributions in the field of optical diagnostic equipment.

He ranked 43rd on the list of 100 geniuses, which was based on nominations by English intellectuals.

The survey’s organizers emailed 4,000 Britons this summer asking them to nominate ten living people who they considered geniuses.

They received back 1,100 nominations for individuals from all walks of life, but only 60 percent of the nominees were still alive.

The living nominees were then selected based on factors such as popular acclaim; paradigm shifting; intellectual power; achievement and cultural importance.

Tuan, who was born in Vietnam, graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences diploma in Physics from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and later earned a doctorate in biophysical chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

Tuan has now received 23 patents mainly related to optical diagnostic equipment, including patents for badges that can be optically scanned to determine exposure to toxic chemicals.

He also utilizes similar technology in a patent that uses an optical method of cancer detection, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) website.

Tuan is currently the director of Duke University’s, Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics in the US State of North Carolina.