Little cultural ambassador
A 10-year-old girl sang a Vietnamese folk song at the Vietnam’s Got Talent television program. The special thing is that she is an Italian. This little girl is Chiara Falcone. Her father, Enzo Falcone, and her mother, Luu Minh Tam, are members of the non-governmental charitable organization Care the People of Italy.
Born in Vietnam, Chiara Falcone can speak Vietnamese, Italian and English fluently. Network Italia, a monthly magazine for the Italian community in Southeast Asia, had an article about Chiara Falcone as a special Italian child who has brought Vietnamese songs to Italian community and Italian songs to Vietnam. Chiara Falcone has also called for help for disadvantaged people in Vietnam. Network Italia voted her as a future cultural ambassador of Italy.
In addition to her love for singing, Chiara Falcone can play violin fairly well. She sings Vietnamese songs and “Bonjour Vietnam” beautifully, reported Thanh Nien newspaper.
Street music performance
Every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the foot of King Ly Thai To Monument by the Sword Lake in Hanoi, a music performance is held with the participation of hundreds of young people. No stage, no sound and lighting equipment, and no separation between performers and audience are the special things of this street music performance.
Nguyen Van Tien, a member of hocdan.com, a website for those who want to learn how to play musical instruments online, says that at first the music performance was held as offline meetings for the members to meet one another and practice playing guitar. As this event attracted quite a few music lovers, the members of the website decided to hold these street music performances weekly.
With the slogan “It’s quite simple,” all participants can play such instruments as the guitar, drum or harmonica and sing together. They can also learn how to sing and play music instruments from others. Most participants are students from colleges and universities in Hanoi. But local and foreign tourists and many Hanoians, old and young alike, also love to join these events.
A member tells Tien Phong newspaper that a foreign girl once asked them to sing a song as a gift for her boyfriend. Another time, an overseas Vietnamese old man asked the singers to sing the song “Nh mùa thu Hà Ni” (Reminiscence of Hanoi autumn) because he left Vietnam a long time ago and wanted to listen to songs about this capital city.
Blood bank by the Han River
Whenever patients need blood, the members of the Hand in Hand team are always ready to give their blood on the spot. They are former students at colleges and universities in the central coastal city of Danang. Thanks to their “mobile” blood donation, many lives have been saved.
Hand in Hand was established in 2006 by a group of students. After six years, this team has attracted hundreds of voluntary blood donators from almost all colleges and universities in Danang.
Besides giving blood, the team members have also carried out many social and charitable activities. Every evening, they teach unlucky children at Nguyen Dinh Chieu School. They also visit and present gifts to poor children in rural and remote areas, and flood victims in the central region.
Hand in Hand collects scraps at dormitories and residential areas and sells them, or organizes variety shows at schools and sells tickets to have enough money for its operation, according to Tuoi Tre newspaper.