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First Olympic Gold Medal For Vietnam

Hoang Xuan Vinh, 41, made history this August by snatching the first ever Olympic gold medal for Vietnam. The country has been competing in the games for 64 years and this dramatic victory came about in the men’s 10-meter air pistol competition after Brazil’s Philip Wu scored 10.2 for his last shot. Hoang, undeterred, took his time before firing his own last shot, earning a near perfect score of 10.7. Just one week after his Olympic gold medal victory, Hoang won Vietnam a silver medal in the Men’s 50-meter pistol event.

Vietnam Fashion Designer Honored Among Top 10 ASEAN Artisans of 2016

1610-spotlight-2Early August, veteran fashion designer Minh Hạnh from the Central Highlands province of Buôn Mê Thuột was named one of the top 10 ASEAN Artisans of 2016 by the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT). This year’s theme was “Innovative Craft Textiles in ASEAN.” Museum of Cultures of Việt Nam’s Ethnic Groups [IS THIS THE SAME AS THE VIETNAM MUSEUMO F ETHNOLOGY?] nominated Hanh among seven other Vietnamese artisans and designers, at the request of SACICT. Hạnh is one of Vietnam’s leading designers, recognized globally for her designs which fuse traditional fabric with modern style, incorporating brocade fabric woven by ethnic groups in the northwestern and Central Highlands areas.

Famous American-Vietnamese Dancers Raise Money for Vietnam Charity

1610-spotlight-3A dance charity concert called Moving Feet, Moving Hearts was held at the end of July in Ho Chi Minh City to raise money for hearing aids for underprivileged children with hearing deficits. Renowned American-Vietnamese dancers Tony Tran, Charles Nguyen and Alexander Tu performed along with students from the SOUL Music and Performing Arts Academy (SMPAA), founded by Australian-Vietnamese singer Thanh Bui. Tran was runner-up of the hit dance program America’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC) in 2008 and Nguyen was a winner of ABDC 2015. Today, they are both active members of Kinjaz. Previously the director of Kaba Modern, Tu and is now the director of performing arts at SMPAA. All proceeds went to the Power of Hearing Foundation.
Tu is currently promoting, Missing You Remix, a collaboration project with Thanh Bui and Chi Thanh featuring Tran and Nguyen, with the mutual objective of celebrating the arts and painting Vietnam in its best light.

High School Student from Hanoi Who Scored 2380/2400 on His SAT Test Wins First Prize in International Writing Contest

Photo Credit: Kristoffer Triplaar/The Atlantic
Photo Credit: Kristoffer Triplaar/The Atlantic

The September issue of The Atlantic magazine announced that Thanh Tien Nguyen, a high school senior from Hanoi, won first prize at the second annual student Writing Prize – a competition hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with the College Board, a non-profit organization that helps students successfully transition to college. This year’s competition asked students to closely examine a work of art that inspired them. Thanh’s essay on Raphael’s painting The School of Athens placed first among 2,000 entries from 44 countries. In addition to a $5,000 prize, he also received a $300,000 scholarship to Duke University, where he registered to go this fall. A full release of his essay is available on the Atlantic website.